The NEA, AFT, and UFCW would have us believe that Wal-Mart is all about taking advantage of people. As I noted back in this post, they are trying to organize a boycott of Wal-Mart until the company pledges not to tolerate "exploitation of children."
In response to their call for a boycott, I said, "Our family will be purchasing school supplies at Wal-Mart this year." Mrs. Smada took the kids there today. Here's why we make that choice.
(updated to clarify): We bought 3 Elmer's glue bottles (1 for each kid in school). Price was 20 cents each, for a total cost of 60 cents. A comparable bottle, found at the linked Staples site, was priced at $1.99, and would have cost us a total of $5.97
Total cost to me for all those items was $67.63. At comparable retail prices in other stores, those items would have cost nearly twice what I paid. The table below has the details of what we bought, what we paid, and what we probably would have paid without Wal-Mart.
|Item||Qty|| Wal-Mart |
|Cost|| "Retail" |
|Elmer's Glue||3||$ 0.20||$ 0.60||$ 1.99 ||$ 5.97||Staples.com|
|Glue Stick||3||$ 0.20||$ 0.60||$ 0.24||$ 0.71||Staples.com|
|Theme book||6||$ 0.10||$ 0.60||$ 0.23||$ 1.38||Staples.com|
|1-inch binder||1||$ 0.55||$ 0.55||$ 0.99||$ 0.99||Staples.com|
|Boy's shorts||2||$ 4.50||$ 9.00||$ 12.99||$ 25.98||Target.com|
|Boy's shirts||3||$ 3.88||$11.64||$ 6.99||$ 20.97||Target.com|
|Boy's jeans||1||$ 3.00||$ 3.00||$ 17.99||$ 17.99||Target.com|
|striped t-shirts||3||$ 4.88||$14.64||$ 6.99||$ 20.97||Sears.com|
|Girl's jeans (Jordache)||1||$ 11.00||$11.00||$ 10.94||$ 10.94||eBay|
|Girl's jeans||1||$ 9.00||$ 9.00||$ 11.98||$ 11.98||Target.com|
|Carpenter shorts||1||$ 7.00||$ 7.00||$ 8.99||$ 8.99||Target.com|
The numbers say it all. Why go anywhere else?