December 10, 2013
We recently had to buy a twin mattress and decided to buy a spring mattress from Walmart (came out to only $200 all in, but this blog is not about that). I knew that you could buy online at Walmart but hadn’t tried it until now. Frankly, it was an great experience.
The best thing was that it was fast. The checkout process is in a single page (with collapsible sections) which you can just breeze through. I was a new customer so I had to enter all my info, but I felt like I was done really quickly. I received the standard order and eventually shipping emails promptly too.
It took under two days (with free shipping) for the mattress to be delivered. If you were a student who had to move somewhere, you would only need to sleep on the floor for two nights (less if you had some planning)! Perhaps it felt like a great experience because shopping at a brick & mortar Walmart usually takes a long time – the checkout process itself takes 20 minutes!
January 2, 2010
I suspected that I would be waiting a lot on our trip to Italy so I brought two books, a magazine and my ipod/charger. I only ended up reading one book which was The Wal-Mart Triumph.
I bought this book a few years ago as around that time I had been reading a lot of articles online about Wal-mart’s efforts against the unions, using illegal aliens as workers, their expansion strategy, crowding out mom & pops and other nefarious tactics they use to maintain their empire. I was hoping for a 200+ page book breaking down these issues and presenting both sides of the argument. I was sorely disappointed.
It started off promising. The paperback was a reprint of the hardcover version, and included a new forward by the author talking about how Wal-Mart has recently had to spend and pay more attention about its public image. But that was about it for all the scandals.
Instead the book focused a bit on the history and life of Sam Walton (interesting) and then his handpicked management team after his death (not so interesting). The author has had a history of profiling CEOs and senior management so I suppose it is not a surprise that he chose to focus on that subject matter.
I learned about how Wal-Mart became the largest company in the world, but not how it is dealing with their present days struggle. I think I could have gained the same knowledge from reading the wikipedia article though, so this wasn’t a good use of my time or money!
July 2, 2008
This week I’ve spent something like $1500 at Ikea, and we really only have half the furniture we need. I also spent $75 at Dollarama, which is even more crazy when you think about it because that means I bought almost 70 items from the dollar store!
When I moved to Seattle, I would hit Ikea for furniture and Walmart for household items. Walmart isn’t as useful now, mostly because it’s just so busy, and I find I can get stuff for even cheaper at Dollarama! I don’t know how people were able to afford moving out back in the old days, they probably had to pay $10 soap dishes at Eaton’s!