Monday, February 8, 2010
My yearly trek to Walmart...
About 1-2 times a year, I like to check out my local Walmart, just to make sure I'm not "missing" anything. My latest trip was this past Saturday morning, and it went far to reinforce my belief that Target is far superior to Walmart.
This particular Walmart happens to be - ironically enough - right across the street from a Target store. Both have been there for over a decade, but I'm fairly certain that the Target store was there first, as Target developed properties in my part of the Bay Area before Walmart did.
I found that Walmart hasn't changed much since my last visit: it was crowded (as usual) and the customer service line was long. Curiously, there was no "greeter" this time; I wondered if that person was just on a break, or if Walmart has eliminated this position?
The store was also messy, as usual. I don't know if all Walmart stores are like this, but the ones in California that I have visited all seem to have a dirty, chaotic feel to them, with the store floor packed to gills with merchandise.
Speaking of which: they were really pushing the Miley Cyrus line at this particular store. So much so that I counted - no lie - 8 racks of Miley t-shirts marked down to $3 (from $5). And by "racks", I mean a 4-arm rack, each of which had 20 per arm... so there were easily over 600 shirts sitting there, not budging despite the clearance price.
But what really bummed me out most was that this particular store had devoted the floor space to the Miley Cyrus line at the sacrifice of the wonderful Norma Kamali line. I scanned the floor and soon realized that they no longer carried NK (which they had in the past, as I'd seen it there as recent as 8 months ago) and had replaced it with all the Miley crap. I checked in with The Recessionista, and she confirmed that only select Walmart stores carry the NK line. However, it seemed like it had sold well at that store in the past, so why Walmart decided to drop it from this patricular outpost I have no idea.
That was it: I wasn't going to battle the lines to save a few cents on paper towels, laundry detergent or cat food. I happily crossed the street to Target to buy my essentials in a much cleaner, more well-organized environment, where it's fun to just "browse" and you don't have to feel you have to "get in/get out" in record time.