Explaining Money and the Modern Disconnect

Uncle Birchy

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My folks were the kinda people if they had somebody did a decent job..

As long as they were HAPPY didn't matter always went back to the same guy no matter what..

Sure somebody else in town could do it Cheaper....yet more than half the time they do shoddy work

I'll never be a Full Buisnessman like my Father other than that Lease Purchase program I got raked over the Coals on a decade or so ago...

What I did LEARN from my Father was Shop In Town.

Sure Walmart and Home Depot are CHEAPER but ya gotta Support the COMMUNITY.. hence ACE or TruValue Franchise

He wouldn't eat Fast Food nor Chains he'd go to the Diner .. unfortunately they CLOSED like 20 years ago .. nonetheless..

While he has been DEAD for shy of 2 Decades he was On 2 Something..

If I support the Local Community give em my business then they have $$$ to HIRE ME
 

Sinister

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Home Depot and Walmart are at least based in the U.S. So at least youre supporting American companies anyway. Also, by shopping there you're supporting the store employees. God knows how those people live on what they make but both stores have tons and tons of long time employees. Walmart puts out a book every year of 20,30, and 40 year store employees.

My town has a Walmart, and at least one more grocery store. I shop at both as needed. The mom and pop store is WAY more expensive. Also, lots of merchants in my town seem to have a crappy attitude for some reason, so I really don't care if they starve or not. The hobby shop we went to when I was doing my sons pine wood derby car was run by guy you couldn't even say hello to.

People like @Electric Chicken who shop at Aldi's are the real problem. We should put up a poll to see what we should do to him for sending his money overseas so willingly.

 

Mike

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Aldi is a far better place to shop for groceries. Better quality than Walmart, pricing is competitive. Less selection, but what they have is just better

And I would have to go back to my high school days to see people able to run a register as quickly as they do.

We get bulk from Sams, probably due to them still managing to keep other big box stores out of the region.

The other local grocery is Harps. I would like to support them, but the prices are simply too high for most items. Aldi beats them by a long shot.

Got a small Mexican grocery in town as well that we frequent, since we eat a lot of Mexican food. Chorizo there can’t be beat, lots of other good meats there as well. That and some items that are just better there than from other stores, or simply not available in other stores.

Walmart does quite a bit for the communities here. That said, they have some pretty disgusting employment tactics. Seen too many long time career employees lose everything due to the scheme of restructuring. Their job title disappears, a new identical job reappears with a new low paid employee. Happens far too often.
 

mndriver

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doesn't do any good to support a Walmart or home Depot, even if they are american-based, if all they do is distribute foreign goods
 

Sinister

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Walmart does quite a bit for the communities here. That said, they have some pretty disgusting employment tactics. Seen too many long time career employees lose everything due to the scheme of restructuring. Their job title disappears, a new identical job reappears with a new low paid employee. Happens far too often.

Theres truth to that. Just in the last two years they've cut thousands of jobs. Ever since this Greg Smith came aboard, the whole company has endured cuts. Some of them warranted, others maybe not. We used to have people to fuel trucks for us. Laugh if you must, but all the best jobs have truck fuelers. It saves a ton in injuries and time. I thought it was one of the best aspects of this place. We no longer have truck fuelers, ergo...maybe not one of the best jobs anymore. One guy had 26 years in just filling up trucks. They gave him a job in the DC. The other guy was a mechanic who screwed something up, and was only allowed to fuel trucks, and had a very poor attitude, so he was just gone.

I don't think I've ever been inside an Aldi's. I normally don't carry a quarter so I wouldn't even be allowed a shopping cart. They probably would not honor my Walmart discount either.

And Walmart doesn't only distribute foreign crap. There's tons of domestically produced stuff, and domestically grown food.

Show me an affordable store that has nothing that says Made in Swaziland by Slave Children.

It ain't happening.
 

mndriver

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Walmart does quite a bit for the communities here. That said, they have some pretty disgusting employment tactics. Seen too many long time career employees lose everything due to the scheme of restructuring. Their job title disappears, a new identical job reappears with a new low paid employee. Happens far too often.
Walmart is not alone in that tactic
 

mndriver

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And Walmart doesn't only distribute foreign crap. There's tons of domestically produced stuff, and domestically grown food.

Show me an affordable store that has nothing that says Made in Swaziland by Slave Children.
My point is don't try and make it out to be just an American company. They have more foreign goods then they have domestic.
 

Sinister

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There's an "Amish" furniture store a few miles from the Duck Pond, everything is 100% made in USA. 😎👍🏻

They and the Mennonites are very socialistic societies. Every aspect of their lives is determined by the church. What to plant, where to live, all of it. That should make someone like you lose their mind.

Also, they don't give a shit about this country. They are tax exempt, and don't participate in any way. They also look down on anyone who is not them.

I have zero affinity for the Amish and the Mennonites.

This link should also make a few others lose their mind:

 

Sinister

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Anyway, I think all of this is that "Modern Disconnect" Birch was talking about.
 

Sinister

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Because it actually works in small communities where everyone is fully accountable for their actions and are expelled for any sort of corruption.

And the prices of that furniture reflect appropriately.
 

Duck

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And the prices of that furniture reflect appropriately.
The prices reflect the cost of quality materials, driven up by the tree huggers and their war on the logging industry. It also reflects the cost of inflation which has been hidden by the low cost of junk made with sweat shop labor in shithole countries.
 

mndriver

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When I listen to Walmart employees talk about how they are getting food stamps trauma child care assistance, and free lunches in school, that's just another form of corporate welfare. Every county should be back charging it to the employer.
 

Sinister

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When I listen to Walmart employees talk about how they are getting food stamps trauma child care assistance, and free lunches in school, that's just another form of corporate welfare. Every county should be back charging it to the employer.

Talk to a lot of Walmart employees about their wages, do ya?
 
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