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Chris

Brenton, WV

#1 Jan 3, 2013
Does anybody else thing food prices in town are a little expensive ??

Level 6

Since: Jul 12

Pineville, WV

#2 Jan 4, 2013
The Walmart Effect:

Gigantic corporations are able to present the public with artificially low prices by exploiting cheap overseas labor. The way that Walmart forces ordinary stores out of business is by offering lower prices so that it would be foolish to shop elsewhere. Local stores, especially those as remote as ours, pay more for their merchandise because they must deal OUTSIDE of their own business with distribution centers and middle men that drive the ACTUAL price of products higher - while Walmart is able to undermine everyone else's efforts to charge a fair price by offering ALWAYS LOW PRICES at any cost.

Walmart employs other cultures to produce their products so that they don't have to follow the standards of working and living set by our own culture. Why? It's too expensive to offer benefits to employees - it increases the price of their products. Local businesses don't produce their own groceries and items, they have them transported by other companies and they aren't able to compromise obligations to the AMERICAN business standards and regulations. To stay in business, local stores must charge enough to cover costs and also profit - it is impossible to offer prices that are as low or lower than Walmart's - that is how Walmart is crushing all of it's competition.

YES! Local stores charge higher prices than Walmart. Look at the enormous losses our businesses endured last July 4th and Oct. 31st - massive power outages, products thrown in the garbage because they no longer met health department standards - sales lost when restaurants closed for days due to no WATER. Small businesses can't absorb these costs like giant corporations - price increases are necessary for our LOCAL businesses to stay in business.

Pay the higher price to avoid watching your town die around you.
Chris

Brenton, WV

#3 Jan 4, 2013
I meant restaurants
Steph

Sausalito, CA

#4 Jan 4, 2013
Food prices EVERYWHERE are high. And getting higher. . .both in restaurants and grocery stores. They are high here and we don't have a Walmart near.

Level 6

Since: Jul 12

Pineville, WV

#5 Jan 4, 2013
Chris wrote:
I meant restaurants
You can still afford to eat at restaurants? Chris, your life is too good.

Maybe the cost of providing restaurant food does actually cost more than what you think is a reasonable price. I think eating in restaurants is more a luxury than affordable to all people.

But see how McDonalds (big corporation) makes it seem unreasonable to pay $6 for a burger, so if smaller restaurants sell a burger WORTH $6 then their prices are too high. McDonalds exploits cows to keep their prices low.

Level 6

Since: Jul 12

Pineville, WV

#6 Jan 4, 2013
Steph wrote:
Food prices EVERYWHERE are high. And getting higher...both in restaurants and grocery stores. They are high here and we don't have a Walmart near.
Walmart's prices are low enough for Wyoming County residents to make a 40 minute trip to visit it regularly.

Our economy is imploding. Soon money will be worthless.
Steph

Sausalito, CA

#7 Jan 4, 2013
Awesome_Steve_Monkey wrote:
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Walmart's prices are low enough for Wyoming County residents to make a 40 minute trip to visit it regularly.
Our economy is imploding. Soon money will be worthless.
food prices have been rising for a while.....this is not a new thing. but prices on most things are rising, so no surprise there. i can afford to eat out, but i mostly eat at home. i prefer it, that way i have control over what i'm eating. AND, of course i'm saving a ton of money. when i randomly stopped drinking 1.5 years ago (for fitness reasons), i stopped going out to pubs, hence eating out. i'm healthier AND have more $$$ in my pockets. i spend that $$$ on body work/massages every 3 weeks. and if you saw what i do at the gym/track/trails everyday, you'd understand the frequent body work.....

“I'll paint any car,”

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#8 Jan 4, 2013
Steph wrote:
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food prices have been rising for a while.....this is not a new thing. but prices on most things are rising, so no surprise there. i can afford to eat out, but i mostly eat at home. i prefer it, that way i have control over what i'm eating. AND, of course i'm saving a ton of money. when i randomly stopped drinking 1.5 years ago (for fitness reasons), i stopped going out to pubs, hence eating out. i'm healthier AND have more $$$ in my pockets. i spend that $$$ on body work/massages every 3 weeks. and if you saw what i do at the gym/track/trails everyday, you'd understand the frequent body work.....
Jeez Steph, Me, Me, Me......
Steph

Sausalito, CA

#9 Jan 5, 2013
Commander Bunny wrote:
<quoted text>Jeez Steph, Me, Me, Me......
shut up Commander, go eat a carrot. or how's about contributing something, ANYTHING relevant to a conversation??

“I'll paint any car,”

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#10 Jan 5, 2013
Steph wrote:
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shut up Commander, go eat a carrot. or how's about contributing something, ANYTHING relevant to a conversation??
No, I don't have to, You big meanie.
Steph

Sausalito, CA

#11 Jan 5, 2013
Commander Bunny wrote:
<quoted text>No, I don't have to, You big meanie.
seriously dude, we've always been cool, so why would you act like a chode this way towards me? chill out. and actually join the conversation if you like - or not.

“I'll paint any car,”

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#12 Jan 5, 2013
I haven't heard the word "chode" since elementary school.
Steph

Sausalito, CA

#13 Jan 5, 2013
Commander Bunny wrote:
I haven't heard the word "chode" since elementary school.
well it depicts your behavior (very elementary indeed), so give it a rest.

Level 6

Since: Jul 12

Pineville, WV

#14 Jan 5, 2013
Settle down, you two!! Back to your corners.

Is that bunny rabbit bothering you, Miss Steph?

Rabbit is delicious in Brunswick Stew.
Steph

Sausalito, CA

#15 Jan 5, 2013
Awesome_Steve_Monkey wrote:
Settle down, you two!! Back to your corners.
Is that bunny rabbit bothering you, Miss Steph?
Rabbit is delicious in Brunswick Stew.
normally we're allies, but he gets a little testy from time to time. he likes to take his cabin fever out on me, but it's not my fault he's snowed in and freezing.
i'm a Veg, but your stew idea sounds dElish!
Now. i'm on my way to the Apple store to find a cable that will connect my Mac Book Pro to my TV, it's kinda a Netflix day..........i'm a little sick this week.
PutMeToSleep

Oceana, WV

#16 Jan 5, 2013
Mister Cut and Paste From The Internet. So funny.
Awesome_Steve_Monkey wrote:
The Walmart Effect:
Gigantic corporations are able to present the public with artificially low prices by exploiting cheap overseas labor. The way that Walmart forces ordinary stores out of business is by offering lower prices so that it would be foolish to shop elsewhere. Local stores, especially those as remote as ours, pay more for their merchandise because they must deal OUTSIDE of their own business with distribution centers and middle men that drive the ACTUAL price of products higher - while Walmart is able to undermine everyone else's efforts to charge a fair price by offering ALWAYS LOW PRICES at any cost.
Walmart employs other cultures to produce their products so that they don't have to follow the standards of working and living set by our own culture. Why? It's too expensive to offer benefits to employees - it increases the price of their products. Local businesses don't produce their own groceries and items, they have them transported by other companies and they aren't able to compromise obligations to the AMERICAN business standards and regulations. To stay in business, local stores must charge enough to cover costs and also profit - it is impossible to offer prices that are as low or lower than Walmart's - that is how Walmart is crushing all of it's competition.
YES! Local stores charge higher prices than Walmart. Look at the enormous losses our businesses endured last July 4th and Oct. 31st - massive power outages, products thrown in the garbage because they no longer met health department standards - sales lost when restaurants closed for days due to no WATER. Small businesses can't absorb these costs like giant corporations - price increases are necessary for our LOCAL businesses to stay in business.
Pay the higher price to avoid watching your town die around you.
Steph

Sausalito, CA

#17 Jan 5, 2013
PutMeToSleep wrote:
Mister Cut and Paste From The Internet. So funny.
<quoted text>
it's a cut and paste world my friend...in case you haven't noticed. i hate to tell you but NOBODY is original - in thought or action.
Tomeka

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Jan 5, 2013
The food prices aren't near as high as the hump on your back/
Tomeka

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Jan 5, 2013
Steph wrote:
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it's a cut and paste world my friend...in case you haven't noticed. i hate to tell you but NOBODY is original - in thought or action.
Especially you being from Asbury Street in San Francisco.You will qualify for the paste part.

Level 6

Since: Jul 12

Pineville, WV

#20 Jan 5, 2013
PutMeToSleep wrote:
Mister Cut and Paste From The Internet. So funny.
<quoted text>
Actually, no, those are the words from my brain that I typed especially to convince you that WalMart is the giant Monopoly winner and the only thing that can happen to all others is bankruptcy. You can find those unoriginal ideas, however, in Charles Fishman's book: The Walmart Effect. I apologize for too vaguely citing my source. I thought though, if you learned something from another's ideas, certainly you could pass those ideas on without paying homage to every person who ever told you anything.

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