32 thoughts on “December 8, 2016

  1. Well i’m sure that if you just go to the resturant, which seems to be local, and ask they would be glad to figure something out for you.

      • We still get those at our store occasionally. It’s rare, only happens once every couple of years. Usually the parents tucked them away and forgot about them, and when they die, the adult children discover them when going through the house and want to know if we’ll still take them. We do.

        • Hehe my local Sushi roller hands those out.

          Well, if it’s your birthday and you show them your ID they will give you a gift Certificate on around 8 dollars. (I’m from Denmark, so roughly guys, I am not entirely sure.)

          They are actually being quite smart, because well. Ones you have the certificate you are pretty likely to come back with friends lol. I’ve done it multiple times!

          Helps that that sushi roler is really freaking good ­čÖé

      • You can, but it’s certainly convenient to do with your regular shopping. Odd that he’d think they’d do it for a non-chain store. Too complicated.

  2. If I was allowed to speak my mind at my retail job I would tell them this. “No sir. A mega corporation does not care about a local business. A mega corporation only cares about obtaining money and making its stock holders happy. By selling gift cards to other business that mega corporation loses money. The only reason they allow gift cards in the first place is because those stores are somehow connected to that mega corporation and most people don’t actually spend the money which in turn means more free money to that mega corporation.” However, most people at my work don;t want to hear that so I just end up putting on my fake smile and saying I hope they have a good day.

    • yea chains only stock cards that are from related companies or is some cases from chains in fields that do not compete with the store selling the card. expecting a big box to carry small retail cards is just as dumb as expecting mom and pops to sell cards for the big boxes. You are asking them to support the competition pure and simple.

  3. every time you go to a chain instead of a local store, remember you’re helping a billionaire to another one.

    Why did Wal-Mart succeed? Because fuck my neighbor. Oh I can have this 12 cents cheaper at Wal-Mart? Fuck my neighbor.

    • Walmart almost closed the grocery store I was working in at the time. Eggs there for 9 cents a dozen. That’s dumping.

      • Capitalism is when you use your capital to drive all competition from the market by affording to sell everything at a loss.

        At least that’s what capitalism became after it no longer had to prove it was the better system than Stalinism.

        Turned out the possibility of the communists in your country rising up and murdering all the rich people is a deterrent after all.

    • You know, some people shop at Walmart because they can’t afford to shop anywhere else? But you don’t seem to care about that fact, because fuck your neighbor.

      • You know that smaller shops can’t compete against WalMart, simply because WalMart sells things at a loss to drive the small shops out of business, then they can raise prices to whatever they want (usually HIGHER than the smaller shops), right? But the loss of jobs and the higher prices don’t matter because fuck your neighbor.

        • And that’s the fault of a single mother who has neither the time to shop around nor the money to patronize smaller shops….how? If anything, these people you’re painting as uniformly selfish shits are being bullied into shopping at Walmart because their other options are so limited. This whole thing is far more complex than “selfish people help Walmart drive smaller shops out of business because fuck your neighbor.”

          • I offer you a challenge: How many people shop at WalMart because they literally can’t afford to shop anywhere else, and how many shop there because they can save $.12 on pickles? Reread the original post: “Why did Wal-Mart succeed? Because fuck my neighbor. Oh I can have this 12 cents cheaper at Wal-Mart? Fuck my neighbor.” Nobody’s faulting the people that can’t afford to shop anywhere else, we’re faulting the people that fuck their neighbor to save $5 on groceries.

          • No, you’re lumping the people who can’t afford to shop anywhere else in with the “fuck my neighbor” people. Your posts have made no allowances whatsoever for those people thus far.

        • When you’re on a shoestring budget, you go to wherever will let your money stretch the furthest. If you’re on a budget of maybe $20-30 a week for food? That $5 you save going to the big box means another day you can eat. Or it means not skipping breakfast for some days. Sure, those of us who’ve lived on that budget shopped elsewhere before the big names stormed in. But survival comes first.

          And here’s a thing that doesn’t usually come up when talking about this. Once you get out of that situation again, and things are more stable and more possible… the learned habits stick. You count and budget every dollar you spend on things, because experience teaches you that you have to. So yeah, people who can afford otherwise will still go to walmart looking for that extra $5 in their wallet. It’s an awfully hard mindset to break.

          • ashe,
            If you actually had time to go comparison shop, you’d quickly find out that Walmart prices aren’t significantly lower. Some things are cheaper, others are not. Quality is problematic, selection not as good. Plus the layout of the stores encourages impulse buying. You come in looking for one specific item which you can’t find because things are constantly being moved around and the staff can’t help you because they don’t know where it is either and besides, if they are caught detouring to help anybody, they’ll be reprimanded and written up.
            If you’re that hard up, buy your clothes and household goods at second hand shops and yard sales and buy real food, not junk food and pre-prepared stuff, and ditch the soda pop

          • Jackie,

            That’s the issue for the hypothetical single mother I mentioned, and those like her: They don’t have time to comparison shop. They know that Walmart is cheap and they might know that other places could be cheaper, but they might get one hour a week to buy groceries and can’t afford to waste it on driving around town checking prices. Checking online does little good; not even Walmart lists the prices of all their groceries online, and local stores aren’t going to devote their limited resources to listing their inventory on their websites.

            And who said this single mother is buying soda and processed junk food? Walmart has a produce section, too.

    • I shop at Target (which started here in Minnesota) and Cub Foods. But it’s because they’re near home and more likely to have what I’m looking for.

    • After reading this thread, I┬┤m going to start producing T-shits with the print
      “because fuck my neighbour”. ­čÖé

    • There is a long hair that doesn’t like the short hair
      For bein’ such a rich one that will not help the poor one
      And different strokes for different folks
      And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo
      Oh sha sha we got to live together

  4. I don’t suppose it would occur to him to go to that restaurant and buy a gift card? But again, we have the same theme of “Blame the random retail worker because I’m not pleased about something because it’s entirely their fault due to their bad decision of not doing what I want!” If you’re displeased, buddy, call Corporate.

  5. The Costco here sells gift cards for a local restaurant “chain” (only 3 locations). I was amazed to see that. $100 worth of gift cards for $79.99. I buy them regularly because hey, one free dinner. I wonder what kind of deal they worked out with Costco so they could do that.

    • It wouldn’t require a great deal of incentive. The markup at restaurants is insane; and a restaurant figures a customer at a 20% discount is better than no customer at all, and they still make money.

      • and it is effective advertising, you get what amounts to a free meal and if the food is good you will tell friends who will most likely visit without the gift cards.

      • A restaurant where I worked, after costs were reimbursed and employees paid, made a net profit of 2.5%. Their prices were about average. Markups are not ridiculous. They are necessary for the business to survive. If you don’t like it, go live in the woods with no utilities and hunt and gather so no one can possibly make a profit off you. Otherwise, capitalism or not, there is no such thing as economics without markups.

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