Has Wal-Mart become a monopoly?

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Has Wal-Mart become a monopoly?

Rod Ronald Rod Ronald
If you have drove around your town lately, you may be like me and have noticed these "Neighborhood Markets" popping up here and there and almost every where.
If you are unfamilar, this is Wal-Mart's new take on your local grocery store. It's basically a Wal-Mart minus the cloths and entertainment sections, it's funking pathetic. I thought they may have some hard to find specialty items...nope. I have never really been a big Wal-Mart hater, but after walking through there so called "Neighborhood Market" I was pissed!
Does anyone else think enough is enough and that there should be strict limits on how many Wal-Mart themed stores can be allowed in one town. Because as of right now, we have 8 with a population of 160,660. That to me is excessive to the tength degree. Anyone else feel the same?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Hell yes Wal-Mart is a monopoly and needs to be stopped!
4  (17%)
Who cares, it's just a Wal-Mart! Get over it.
2  (8%)
Yes I dislike them, but I still shop there simply because it's cheap and saves me money.
13  (54%)
I don't shop there, and I never will! Bt I'm not going to make any signs soon, because protesting never solves anything.
5  (21%)
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Total votes: 24
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10/13/2012
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darthkitt3n darthkitt3n
Neighborhood Markets aren't actually a very new trend. They've been around for a while now. I feel the amount of Walmart stores located in different areas is fine. People don't like driving very far to get their groceries.

Also, what makes the number of Walmart stores in any given area any different from other stores or fast food chains? Sometimes when I'm driving through a metro area, I'll come across a McDonald's every mile or so. A city an hour or so away has three GameStop stores within maybe 2 square miles. I wouldn't consider opening multiple locations a monopoly since everyone's doing it. It does make shopping more of a bland experience, but that's about it.

I don't hate Walmart, but I'm not a big fan either. I work for them and I am glad to have a job that pays my bills. If they want to open more stores, I don't really care. I'm not forced to shop at any of them.
10/13/2012
ViVix ViVix
Quote:
Originally posted by Rod Ronald
If you have drove around your town lately, you may be like me and have noticed these "Neighborhood Markets" popping up here and there and almost every where.
If you are unfamilar, this is Wal-Mart's new take on your local grocery ...
I pay almost twice as much for any non-food items at Kroger, so I go to Walmart. I quit buying their clothes though...had a couple pieces that didn't make it through one wearing. Customer service is too terrible and unfriendly to even bother with returns.
10/13/2012
Mwar Mwar
Walmart is evil. The prices are nice, but I can't stand the long waits.
10/13/2012
Artishok Artishok
Yes I dislike them, but I still shop there simply because it's cheap and saves me money.
10/13/2012
Shayla Shayla
I always shop there plainly because they are the cheapest in my area, by far. I just hate how unhelpful the staff is and how they have like 30 checkout lanes and only 4 of them are manned
10/13/2012
edeneve edeneve
they need to have regulations like any other monopoly!
10/13/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
I can't stand it and never shop there.
10/14/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
There are many around us. But I still shop there once in a while. They have some good prices.
12/15/2012
AHubbyof2SexualMinds AHubbyof2SexualMinds
In smaller towns it seems that there is only Wal-Mart, so in some places they would definitely seem like a monopoly. I'm lucky that I live in a place with lots of options. I rarely shop there, but I do get why people do, the prices are very cheap.
12/15/2012
SecretKinksters SecretKinksters
We will NEVER shop at Wal-Mart...end of story.
12/15/2012
Kat and Aaron(aaron) Kat and Aaron(aaron)
Unfortunately, I do shop there.
12/15/2012
Checkmate Checkmate
Unfortunately we have to do some shopping at Walmart. Since we live in a smaller city (9000) and Walmart came to town, most of the locally owned businesses have closed. We are basically left with no alternative but to shop Walmart. We WILL NOT buy groceries there as other stores in town have equal or better prices and by far superior produce.
12/15/2012
spiced spiced
I don't shop at walmart except if I'm traveling and there's no other option. I got fed up with so much of their cheap plastic crap breaking and having to return it. When I added in the extra time I had to spend exchanging junk at walmart, I realized it would actually be less expensive to buy stuff elsewhere.

And then I became aware of their labor & sourcing practices. They make the world a worse place and especially hurt American workers in several ways. Every job created at walmart means a better job somewhere else DIDN'T get created.

I don't think they're technically a monopoly, though. I do believe in the power of voting with your wallet and in activism generally. I've seen it work over and over and over again.
12/24/2012
darkr darkr
ughh walmart, 20 registers but only 4 open at a time
12/24/2012
GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
Unfortunately, I have to shop there for financial reasons but not cause I like their business practices. I think a lot of people are stuck in the same place on this, especially in this economy.
12/24/2012
Martiniman Martiniman
To deep a topic for this night.
12/24/2012
gsfanatic gsfanatic
The main problem is they offer low prices by screwing over the employees. I try not to shop there as much as possible
12/24/2012
Total posts: 18
Unique posters: 18