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Thu Nov 6 2008 09:15:53

It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times

By: Ina Steiner

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"Sales at department stores and specialty retailers are in free fall. They are cutting staff, discounting merchandise and closing stores to survive. But even as the financial turmoil strangled discretionary spending at many stores, it sent struggling consumers into the arms of Wal-Mart - and left it, the world's largest retailer, poised for a blockbuster Christmas." That's what the New York Times says in a November 5, 2008 article, "For Wal-Mart, a Christmas That's Made to Order."

It will be interesting to see if shoppers turn to online sites as another way to save money, and which items people will be shopping for this year in light of the economy.

 

 




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It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times   It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times

by: ss

Thu Nov 6 11:29:41 2008

I shop at WalMart for a variety of reasons.

1. Cheaper than Ebay.
2. Not half eaten, or broke, or worn, or washed.
3. You can see, feel, and touch it.
4. Better return policy. No hassle.
5. No shipping.
6. Mostly a pleasant shopping experience not like some of the nasty sellers.
7. WalMart is interested in selling not their stars.
Its a no brainer. Ebay has become a haven for bad sellers, fraud and thieves. Why buy something on Ebay when chances are you can buy it at WalMart cheaper.

Ebay made their bed when they started screwing the sellers. They deserve everything the consumer does to them. They are circling the drain at 14.50 a share and after christmas it will go down soundly.

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by: Jeff S

Thu Nov 6 12:28:13 2008

I just had an order from a WalMart.

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by: E-bay seller & buyer

Thu Nov 6 13:00:01 2008

@ SS.This is one of the most stupid, made no sense threads I have read..Walmart is not Ebay.But to say such a crack pot thing about sellers is way out of line.Since the new policies have been in affect ,the seller has been getting the short end of the stick.There is more SCAM ARTIST buyers than you can shake a bat at now.If you don't like it. JUST GO AWAY.

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by: formercanadianpowerseller

Thu Nov 6 14:06:52 2008

Kinda makes you wonder why eBay is abandoning auction style listings?

I used to start mine at $0.99 and last 7 days.....oh the memories....

People WANT deals and bargains during touch times like this. NOT Buy it now everyday pricing on everyday things.

eBay has been turning in the wrong direction.

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by: ss

Thu Nov 6 14:43:34 2008

e-bay seller & buyer

Did I hit a sore spot there????

Ebay did nothing about the fraud and scammers. With the new policies in effect they continue to do business as usual. When you have 10 of thousand of feedback it takes a lot of negatives to even ding the 100%.

It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times   It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times

by: Susana

Thu Nov 6 15:09:08 2008

Walmart is notoriour for:

Slave Labor
Chinese Imports
Poor Customer Service
Poor Quality Merchandise
Dirty Stores
Lousy pay
Bringing home values down

I am not a fan of Walmart for their "Low Prices". I would much rather give my hard earned money to a mom and pop.

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by: Loops

Thu Nov 6 15:11:04 2008

I told the kids this year that Santa endorsed McCain and that is the reason why there will be no presents under the tree this year.

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by: CASH BACK GAL

Thu Nov 6 15:15:23 2008

Well I don't shop Walmart, but if I did I'd get a 2 percent cash back rebate for shopping online there. It makes sense in light of this economy to take advantage of cash back programs. It can also be a great source of residual income. You see, I earn rebates when other people shop Walmart, eBay, Target and hundreds of online stores.

Have a super prosperous day,
M.C. Nygard

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by: Et tu, Brute!

Thu Nov 6 21:32:41 2008

I'm also hearing a buzz that your localized Craft Fairs are expecting to do a booming trade this year.  Shoppers are looking for the special item at a fair and reasonable price that can be examined carefully on the spot and taken home.  ''Care'' with purchasing funds for the holidays is the operative word and expectations in this direction are also mounting.  And I think with good reason!

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by: Patricia

Fri Nov 7 02:06:10 2008

I love my local Walmart.  I can bring anything back with no questions asked.  I can shop online and pick it up at the store or have it shipped to me.  I can get my prescription meds there for 4 bucks! Ebay isn't capable of any of these things so there's just no comparison!  Ebay is small potatoes next to Walmart.

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by: Patricia

Fri Nov 7 02:08:37 2008

@Et tu, Brute - I was just to a 2 day arts & crafts show in my city.  It was packed with people and most were buying so I guess you're right on that one.

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Fri Nov 7 07:28:40 2008

@Susanna....ditto


Let's all shop at Wal-Mart this Christmas. Do 100% of our Christmas shopping there.  Line the portfolios of Wal-Mart shareholders.  I'm sure they'll pass the profits onto the underpaid workers....

...or maybe they will expand and open up new stores to replace all of the failing small businesses that can't make it through this downturn.  Thereby lowering home values even more anywhere they open a store.

But hey, they give grandpa a job....of course he wouldn't need a job if his health care costs weren't so high or if he didn't have to retire early because Wal-Mart imports all their crap from Asia....

Good grief.

Anyone who posts a comment to this thread saying they shop at Wal-Mart in one breath and complains about eBay in the next should be slapped silly.

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by: IE_7

Fri Nov 7 07:34:56 2008

Slap me silly then. I have to stop at Wal-Mart on the way home tonight and pick up my prescription for $4.

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by: only me

Fri Nov 7 10:31:29 2008

Me too. Slap me silly. I just returned from Wal Mart. Bought things that I could touch, feel and see. Excuse me for being the touchy feeling kind. Got burned once on Ebay and never again.

It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times   It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times

by: CASH BACK GAL

Fri Nov 7 11:08:32 2008

I visited my first Walmart last weekend (they don't have one in my county). Truthfully, I actually prefer Target to Walmart anyway. Target has better branding and the stores are well laid out. They are RIGHT ON TARGET with me.  

For you Walmart or Target shoppers, I suggest you practice ARBITRAGE -- the art of buying low in one market then turning around to buy it high in another. A great example is with a DVD you might find at Walmart. If you can buy it for $10 there and turn around and easily sell it for $19.95 on eBay, then go for it! I know several people who do this successfully and are high level powersellers.

So go for it. You can shop at Walmart and sell it on eBay.

Have a prosperous day,
M.C. Nygard

It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times   It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times

by: CASH BACK GAL

Fri Nov 7 11:18:47 2008

Oh, LONG LIVE WALMART. Smart Walmart shoppers can get 2% cash back on their purchases and FREE shipping to their local store for pickup. Do THAT before you buy your flat screen TV. (Feel free to ask me how.)

Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah
Merry Happy Kwanzaa
Happy Merry Three Kings Day
Merry Happy Omisoka
Belated Ramadan
Happy Boxing Day
Happy Walmart shopping.

It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times   It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times

by: former ebay seller

Fri Nov 7 13:09:58 2008

It could be a Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart holiday season if the consumer is looking for brand new items as they can save some cash.

But if the buyer wants collectibles,  or antiques, Wal-Mart will not be a place to find them.

Of course, with so many sellers abandoning Ebay, many collectors just may not find what they are looking for on Ebay either. More and more sellers will no longer tolerate the ridiculous rules and regulations and money holds that ebay and paypal have instituted.

And why should sellers pay to list to get treated badly by both Ebay and Paypal?

Buyers would be smart to look at the other new sites cropping up for their needs for vintage and collectibles too.Never know what you might find if you google around abit.

Buyers are simply not going to find collectibles at Wal-Mart.




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by: Gaz

Fri Nov 7 14:06:06 2008

Congratulations Suzanna - you managed to hold off until post number 6 before being the first person to knock imports from Asia.

You all do realise the reason the USA is flooded with Chinese imports is because of one of your presidents (Richard Nixon) openingthe flood gates - don't you?

Hey, if it's good enough for a president, it should be good enough for the rest of you.

You know what's said about competition?

If you can't beat it, join it.  Maybe that way you'll all still be able to make money on eBay ... oh, I see, that's the reason you shop at WalMart - to buy the cheap Chinese imports so you can flood eBay with them.

Ahhhh so glasshopper, ancient Chinese wisdom say eBay seller who make no money shop at WalMart and get lich quick.

;-)

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by: Bubba

Fri Nov 7 16:19:55 2008

Shop til ya drop at Wal-Mart.  The Chinese Government thanks you.  

It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times   It's Going to Be a Wal-Mart Christmas, Says NY Times

by: Anita

Fri Nov 7 16:44:48 2008

Getting cash back on your purchases is no big secret. Many sites offer shopping discounts if you start your shopping at their web site.  One very large cashback program is Ebates (ebates.com). I've been using them for years. Most of the big retailers participate (Wal-Mart is one of them) and they have a ''Daily Double'' where you get twice the usual cash back percentage.

If you'd like to let me have the referral bonus for telling you about that, just email me and I'll send you the info :-)  If not, well, Happy Holidays! Go forth and enjoy your discounts. I'm not one to hold information hostage, especially in this economy, where we can all use a little bit of savings.

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