March 17, 2004

The Lures of Wal-Mart

I wanted three things: a Top-Up card for my cell, shampoo, and pencils. I came out with styling mousse and Sour Patch candies as well.

I am developing a theory about Wal-Mart. They are better at this whole marketing thing than any other store out there. They put competitors prices right beside theirs. They lure you into the aisles with pretty colors and swirling tie-dye displays of cookies. I feel like I have gained a few pounds just walking past the candy that is so strategically placed at the front of the store. And I knew it. I knew that I was walking into a trap, but my stupid eyes betrayed me.

Everything is just so pretty....

The sour delectables and mousse were so tantalizing I couldn't pass them up. The candies had pretty little people on the reminded me of buying movie I miss the movies (this obsession has really affected my personal life). And the styling product, well, it has a frosted package that caught my eye and feels texturized. Oh no!!! Traitorous touch.

My eyes: Brutus My hands: Benedict Arnold. How the mighty have fallen.

I also spent 45 minutes in there. Which shampoo? Off-brand Pantene or the real thing? I bought the generic. I get twice as much and I even checked the ingredients--identical. Maybe I am not a complete Judas to my wallet just yet. :-D

Dang you Wal-Mart. I mean, look at my checkbook: Gabes, Wal-Mart, Seton Hill, Wal-Mart, Seton Hill, Wal-Mart. This is ridiculous.

Speaking of the Big Store:

A challenge:
Name that movie from which this quote is taken--without the help of Google or IMDB(You are on the Girl Meets World honor code now): "Oh I got the money, the president of Wal-Mart gave me five-hundred dollars." Winner will get a cookie. Out-of-staters will get a nice e-mail j-peg of a cookie and mention on the winners announcement blog. Good Luck, bloggers. Be quick.
Hint***The movie is also a book.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at March 17, 2004 6:28 PM

Amanda, I don't know the movie because I'm not as into them as you, but I just wanted to let you know that you absolutely crack me up. To all extents of the phrase. Okay, well... maybe not literally. Figuratively.

*sigh* I don't know what I'd do with a j-peg of a cookie. Put it on my desktop? ;^)

Posted by: Karissa at March 17, 2004 7:43 PM

I am glad not literally. That'd be kinda messy.

Posted by: Amanda at March 17, 2004 7:54 PM

You aren't an out-of-stater. I would give you a literal cookie, dear.

Posted by: Amanda at March 17, 2004 9:17 PM

I know, I know! - Where the Heart Is

But I can't take the cookie - I gave them up for lent =(

Posted by: Johanna at March 18, 2004 12:25 AM

How about a new mechanical pencil? Inedible, but very nice.

Posted by: Amanda at March 18, 2004 12:51 PM


I love Wal-Mart! I think we are all thankful for Wal-Mart becoming a store. My mom works there and she loves it to. The store is just filled with "love." Everytime I go there, like last week, I was only supposed to pick up 2 things, I ended up spending $60! Its addicting. Good junk stores like that make me spend a galoree amount of money. I love the movie, "Where the heart is," Wal-Mart is pretty damn popular to be apart of a movie.

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at March 18, 2004 1:40 PM

As a guy, I like Sears. Walmart isn't my cup of tea. The tools don't match Sears for quality and it is sort of like a K-Mart knock off. So I still shop Sears and K-Mart. As far as the Sam's Club, which is like Walmart for insiders, I'm not impressed with that either. I like smaller stores, that are pedestrian friendly. Walmart always seems to have traffic jams leading to the place and once you get inside the store you have to fight buggy traffic in the store. We have 2 K-Marts in town, a Super K and a Big K. The Big K is next to a traditional supermarket, while the Super K is like a Super Walmart with food and clothing. You could live in the place and with what you get paid working there, you almost need to. It's like wage slave mart. Costco pays employees much better from what I've heard. Walmart may be full of love, but money can't buy you love. Love doesn't pay the rent on the other hand!

Posted by: James Dermitt at July 26, 2004 12:36 PM

Thanks for your input, James. Where I live, Wal-Mart rules the area and the prices there are going up due to the monopoly effect it has on the surrounding businesses. I still go there, though. Sadly, I like saving a few pennies here and there.

Glad you visited. Hope you are a returning customer. :-)

Posted by: Amanda at July 27, 2004 1:26 AM
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