questionswhat store do you hate, but shop at anyway?

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I have no problem shopping at Walmart.

If I hate a store, I simply don't go there.

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Walmart tops my list. The next closest retailer is 35 miles away and it's...Walmart. Admittedly, the closest one is a super Walmart, but still the next grocery chain is 35 miles away.

Why do I 'hate' them? Poorly stocked shelves, shelf space should never be empty, that must be what's in all those pallets blocking half the aisle. It seems many of the check out people who are now the face of Walmart since the greeters have been pulled seem to just want to be somewhere else, There are some pleasant ones. Missed sales and dwindling stock are my biggest peeves, oh and the shopping carts. For a billion dollar corporation, they have some of the crappiest carts on the planet.
I'll stop before I run out of characters.

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Walmart! HANDS DOWN! Congested and it has too many people at one time. I try to do my major shopping at wee hours of the night around midnight.

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Has anybody mentioned Wal-Mart yet? ;)

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I think Walmart brings out the worst in people. I cannot leave that store in a good mood. People are oblivious to everything around them... take up the entire lane, let their kids run wild... I just hate going there. But in my town, it's just the only place where you can get quality groceries. Man, I miss Atlanta! lol

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@driley1974: I used to do that... I have no idea why I stopped. I think I will start doing that again! :)

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@driley1974: Yikes! Around here, the Wal-Mart stores are pretty "normal" in the afternoons (when we normally do our shopping -- and by "we" I mean my wife). Once we had to run and get some medicine for our son at 1am, and there was only one register open. There were five or six extremely scuzzy looking people in line cashing their paychecks and talking about partying and "getting f$@'d up". It took ages just to check out. I vowed never again to venture to Walmart at that time of night if I could avoid it.

There are a few grocery stores here that we frequent to make up for the lacking quality in the meat and produce department at WM, but we do most of our shopping there. When you've got 3 kids, you've got to do everything you can to make your finances more comfortable.

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CostCo. If the lines were check-out shorter, it'd be tolerable.

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WallyWorld. Never enough checkouts open, shelves poorly stocked, & ya gotta walk a half-mile to pick up a dozen food items. They ran the supermarkets out of business in our part of town so there isn't much choice.

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Since I haven't stepped in a Walmart in like eons, I have to nominate a nerd's favorite superstore - Fry's Electronics. Indifferent service, open box goods, refurbs that really suck ... but they're still better than Best Buys.

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I guess I am the only one that hates Walmart with such a passion that I do not even consider it a store I would consider shopping at. I refuse to even vote on any deal on this site that is listed for Walmart. I will not down vote any deal that is not horrible but refuse to participate in anything that could help Walmart on any level.

The store I hate and still find myself occasionally forced to shop at is Home Depot. Force everyone else out of business, raise prices and drop quality of products (when was the last time you could find a piece of wood that was not straight not twisted). But since they are pretty much the only game left in town I get stuck having to purchase from them at times. While Lowes is not great it is a bit better but closest is 30-40 minutes away which is far to drive with long pieces of wood hanging out the back of the car.

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The local King Soopers tops my list. Everything feels dingy, the canned goods are years out of date, and On top of all that some of the rudest staff I've ever seen. The older staff are constantly griping in earshot of customers about when there next break time is. I get the impression because it is a union shop, that the younger staff/baggers are belittled by the same staff. All the while they manage to fix a glare on the customer (me) as if the notion of helping me is beneath their dignity.

It's the only real close store that isn't an organic heavy place with high prices, but whenever I go in to the King Soopers, I feel like I'm going to scream within two minutes of being there.

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i do not like going to Kmart. they have flannels i like but it takes forever to get in and out of there.

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@conanthelibrarian: There are still K-marts left? :)

I'm only kidding a little. There are, I believe, 2 left in the entire Minneapolis metro. The last reasonably close-to-me one closed this spring.

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@tsfisch: i know there is the one off lake st but where is the other?
For me it is best buy or gamestop, would much rather buy online but every once in a while i have to go in to the store for something right away

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gamestop

well, i don't "shop" because the only reason i buy from there is because i have gamestop gift cards.

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Someone else mentioned it also but, Home Depot!
Salesman have a uncanny sense of when I'm looking for something and scatter like roaches. Of course if I don't need help they also sense that and are like flies, I can't get rid of them.
W/M is OK in my area although I rarely shop them. K-Mart used to be near the top of my list but again I rarely shop them and the one near me is so dead moving around is quite easy....
What really bugs me about a store is when they advertise a item but even though you come to the store the day the sale starts, they are out of stock!! That and being out of stock on simple items(not on sale) and weeks later they are still out of stock(W/M comes to mine).

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Whole Foods. Ridiculous prices and I find the fellow shoppers to be no different than the "Walmartians."

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I don't shop at stores I hate. I'd rather pay a little extra somewhere else.

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@tsfisch: I used to live in the Minneapolis area myself, and was familiar with a couple KMarts out there (which are since closed). I can tell you, though, that the KMart where I live now is dramatically worse than the worst one I ever saw in MN. The one out here is a total dump; items scattered on the floor, nothing labelled and priced correctly, broken displays, no employees, and - to make it even better - half the lights are turned off to save on electricity.
The last time I was in the local KMart I left my purchases on the belt (no cashiers to be found) and walked out the door with nothing. Not that the 70 year old "security" guard could have stopped me from running off with an armload of merchandise... I especially loved that the "customer service" employee sitting at the desk not only refused to ring up purchases for customers but also would not page for a cashier to come up front and do it.

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@raremonkey: Up in the Northtown area, I think. Or maybe it's gone now too.

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Bestbuy. I learned to hate them and their sales reps. Years ago I worked repping manfactuers in their stores and I couldn’t stand watching them oversell to poor people who didn’t know better for things like computers printers etc....

To one point where I talked a customer down off of a 1800 sony vaio laptop to a 600 HP laptop. The manager tried to kick me out after that but (couldn’t because of his agreement with my company) I always just hated the run the price up attitude.

For years I avoided it like the plague. In MT it finally became Mecca because it was a 2 hour drive away (so 4 round trip) but it was the only computer store I had access to that was B&M (Wal-Mart was my tech store that just shows how bad it was).

Anyway it does seem that things have gotten a bit better I do find they don’t try to oversell as much now and I have bought a few things from them that are good deals so I am starting to ease up on my hatred.