As for the Walmart comment. Google how much money Walmart donates each year to help feed people. Google how much of a footprint has (Green Energy). Also I hear how much Walmart doesn't pay their employees but if you work there for years, you make a good amount of money. Ask the employees if they got raises in the last 5 years. Ask the employees if they get bonuses every 3 months. Some of the bonuses are pretty good. We have the opportunity to make up to $2200 a year. Now the average is more like $1000 to $1200 a year but it is still a bonus most businesses don't pay their front line employees. I am also an employee at Walmart that sits outside and collects money for Salvation army. I certainly understand your concern but I am a proud Walmart employee that is very happy to be a part of such a great company.
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I am going to try my best to buy from any store but WalMart in Escanaba until they let the Salvation Army back inside. I think it is a disgrace! I seem to be the ONLY one who cars about this. They stopped the anti-Christmas thing years ago. Remember, the employees had to say Happy Holidays. I thought WalMart was smarter than this
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Levi, I wouldn't video tape it, but I would tell him to correct his behavior or not return.
Perfect example of why I can't buy locally. Wife wants a camera for Christmas. She picks the one she wants. It is a modest camera, not a professional one. I tromp off to the stores to get my wifes new camera. One store, two stores, three stores - ALL HAD THE SAME DANG CAMERAS!!! None of which were the one she picked out.
There in lies the rub in my experience. You can go to one store in town and pretty much know what all the others are selling. If one doesn't carry what you want none will. It isn't always like that but enough so for me that I hit one store and then I'm off to the internet. My time is valuable too!
It is interesting to me that we all buy what is convenient and on our list locally, and then turn to someone else's home town to finish our list. The expectation that all our wants can be fulfilled in one place when technology has expanded our horizons is likely not realistic. I love to find 'unusual' gifts so spend a lot of time searching for ideas on the internet and every so often they are outside my own back door - and other times not. I don't really think any of us mean to be disloyal but we all have personal reasons for the choices we make. I wish 'buying' wasn't such a big thing because it continues to tell our govt that we have money, perhaps even money we have to borrow. Good holiday all!
Mostly online or out of town here.
This isn't because I don't want to shop locally just that what I would want to give in my experience isn't sold locally. If it is, I will buy from a local store because it is easier and quicker.
Also, many of the gifts to be given will be given to those in other towns or states. Much easier to ask for the gift wrapped option and send it directly to the recipient.
I did like the comment on auto-parts, that was funny and spot on!
Another thing not in short supply in the Escanaba area is beauticians. One on every corner so it seems. Maybe I'll give hair cuts and perms for Christmas!
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Y'know, this whole "Shop Locally" mantra is quite over-blown.. What a Man (or Woman) does with whatever bit of cash they wish to part with is 'THEIR' business - and their opinion of WHEN, WHERE, and HOW they spend money earned should always be "THEIR BUSINESS"... Yet, there are those in this world that would shame folks for not visiting a store 'downtown' and purchasing 'something' marked up from whole sale (the merchant bought it online, but you aren't allowed to...Laugh, Laugh) - and here's the giddy part.. "There are those who would say that you are taking the bread from their mouths.. ".. Uh, that statement smacks of them not caring about YOUR bread in YOUR mouth .. We aren't allowed to SHOP where our money does US the best service.. we must SHOP where told to, or else!
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@cheesehead, I have two ideas for you: Open a business DOWNTOWN to sell everything you can't now locally buy here 22 Move out of the area if you hate it so much! PS Also if you have a wife I bet you are hemorrhoids for her!
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John60 proves your point, by shopping locally, you've alread got an offer for a free lump of coal.
Yea... for local shopping and you don't have to stand in line for savings.
Cheesehead, What's your address I want to send you a piece of coal.
Shop online best prices,free shipping!!
One more time,
cruise down the Escanaba down-town business district,
where the downtown development authority
has been practicing its
for about twenty-five years now,
and check out the availability and choice of holiday gift giving selections…
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I would do the majority of my holiday season shopping in the following places:
1) if my needs were simple,
a piece of string, a piece of coal, a piece of lint,
of course the hands-down winner would be Escanaba and local environs.
2) if my needs were somewhat complex,
a bucket of coal,
a bag of lint,
of course I’d have to shop further out of the area towards bark river, powers-spaulding and rapid river.
3) if my needs were for my family and friends,
I would have to shop where the items could most easily be obtained.
I can’t buy a belt in Escanaba,
a pair of shoes, and the only way I can get decent unmentionables
is to buy two, and sew them together,
ditto for the pants, coats, shirts
and if you need decent suspenders to keep pants from descending indecently,
that again is to be purchased somewhere else.
One more time,
cruise down the Escanaba down-town business district,
where the dow
Well, let's see now.. the place, "Locally" buys its wares from "Out of the Area" by shopping "Online" from a "Catalog, Mail Order" site.. Delivered by UPS, marked up for profit, and placed neatly on shelves... So, technically, by buying ANYTHING these days you're doing ALL FOUR..
Of course, there are exceptions.. f'instance.. Bakeries, Dress Shops, Restaurants, and Candy..
If I wanted to give auto parts for each of my children, grandchildren wife, and cherished others, I could buy in Escanaba.
If I wanted to,
I could always buy nationally recognized gift cards, for each recipient to go and shop for themselves.
I buy all the usual stuff here at home:
All the usual food stuffs are purchased locally, mostly with about 3 days expiration, or
wilted and days old by the time they hit our grocers shelves as they arrive from overseas.
Most of the time you get better auto deals away from home, where auto sales, aren’t like the take-it or leave-it deals you get here.
I doctor at clinics locally for complex things like slivers, hemorrhoids, ingrown toe-nails.
One more time, cruise down the down-town business district,
where the downtown development authority has been practicing its
for about twenty-five years now, and check out the availability and choice of holiday gift giving selections…
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