I still shopped at the small places like my favorite bookstore, but everyone else went to Walmart. Then I ended up getting a college job at Walmart and started noticing the pricing of the books and periodicals. They always undercut the local bookstore by a few pennies. People would stand in Walmart and discuss the local news instead of going to the local bookstore. The local bookstore shutdown and Walmart raised all the prices to full retail. People started bitching and complaining. The prices never went down. The local bookstore owner laughed at them when they asked was he going to open again "to fight the scourge".
That was my experience. Same thing happened with the local TV shop that would come to your home and deliver your TV for free. Seen them drive 30+ miles to make a customer's day. Then they would repair your TV sometimes in your home. Satellite dish get offtrack? They would come out on a Saturday to fix it. Walmart killed them off.
We had a animal food store. It's the country so yes, there was a market. They sold everything from dog food to sulfur to get rid of pests. Walmart ran them out of business by undercutting them by a few pennies. Every time they reduced the price, Walmart reduced their price. Same thing as the bookstore; as soon as it shuttered Walmart raised their prices to full retail.
I could go on about the clothing stores and others. You get the picture. I RARELY walk into a Walmart nowadays. Only if they have something so cheap that nobody else can come close. I think I've been 3 times in the past decade. I did get a Samsung 6300 4K TV for $449 this year.
yeah walmarts been trying that for years here, it hasn't worked.. even though this is a big city it's small town mentality so mom and pop stores get priority over the 5 walmarts we have. though with the fiasco that just happened with one of our local grocery store chains that sold out and threw their employee's under the bus walmart's starting to get more business since people are refusing to shop at the local chain now. but all the local electronic stores and corner shops are still going strong. i just wish we had a competent computer store here so i wouldn't have to order basic computer stuff from newegg but that won't happen any time soon since the general population here has no idea how to even turn a computer on let alone know what to buy.
Nah, but costco should step down a little in prices of cheese and meats and other shit. Used to get more ' generic' looking products at Costco they changed a bit too much on that side.
it all depends on who they can get their products from since most of their products are known popular brands just labeled as kirkland so they're stuck paying what ever prices those brands want which in turn effects the customer.