Nah, I wasn't implying you. It's just that we were on the subject so I brought it up.<quoted text>Is that what I was doing, demonizing Wal-Mart? Not at all intended. After all, I mentioned that they were keeping up with their competition although without names...Target, Meier, & K-mart to name a few. Heck, IF GM had astute management like P&G, Kroger & these other companies, it is likely that one could still buy a Firebird, Hummer, Saab & or others & the tax payer NOT be on the hook for bailing them out.
Personally my brother & I shop to avoid Mainland China, India, Pakistan & others.
I earn exactly 1/2 of what I earned in 2000 without factoring in inflation so of course I am buying as cheap as I can but without buying from countries with known nasty labor practices. We'll pay more when our standards require it but no more than we have to or we do without when possible.
One of our customers is a manufacture that sells to Wal-Mart. I understand Wal-Mart is on their azz all the time to get products cheaper. So our customer finds the lowest bidder to do their work. Because they are a large company and nobody wants to lose their business, American companies outbid each other all the time. For a few months, we are delivering to company A to have work done. Then six months later, they switch to another company who brought down their price in effort to get the work back.
It's still Americans working, but the companies who bid on the job have to bid so low that I doubt their employees are getting their yearly raises and good benefits.
I deal with Wal-Mart because I have to. I have no prescription coverage for my diabetic supplies. I use three vials of insulin per month, each vial costing $55.00 or more. Wal-Mart? I can get all three vials for $75.00. It's the exact same insulin, in the exact same vials, made by the exact same company. How do they do it?
It seems to me that Wal-Mart made a dirty deal with the company that produces the insulin. What they did was sell Wal-Mart insulin for less than half the price of what they charge every other pharmacy. To make up for the loss, they charge every other drug store twice what they charge Wal-Mart. Without Wal-Mart, it would probably be like $30.00 or so per vial no matter what drug store you use. But because of this Wal-Mart deal, they overcharge everybody else and undercharge Wal-Mart. People who have prescription coverage don't even inquire about the price. It's paid for so they really don't care. But in reality, they are being ripped off.
I don't like the deal either, but what am I supposed to do? Pay $165.00 every month to get the same insulin I could get at Wal-Mart for $75.00?