Posts Tagged ‘Walmart

Buying sunscreen

Posted in Insightson May 10, 2011

Summer is arriving and it is the time of year that many will buy sunscreen.  You may be tempted to buy the big bottle that will last years, but before you do, realize that sunscreens have a limited shelf life.  Oprah’s website recommends that you replace sunscreen every year.  At the very least, you should replace sunscreen after its expiration date.

If you are like me, you won’t end up using gallons of sunscreen every year, but want to have some on hand for the weekend adventures.  You may consider buying a travel size tube of sunscreen, which usually sells for about $1 for 1 ounce.  Buy a new tube every year and you are good to go.

In some cases, the travel size may be cheaper per ounce than larger tubes.  For example, I was at Walmart last night and saw a 1.5 ounce package of sunscreen selling for over $3 next to the rest of the sunscreens.  But when I went over to the travel section, I found a 1 ounce tube of the same brand for just $0.97.

Black Friday awards

Posted in Businesson Dec 10, 2009

I went shopping at several stores early Black Friday morning, and I’ve decided to give awards to various stores based on their performance.  These awards are in word only; no prizes or trophies will be presented.

Most Disorganized Store goes to the Lindon, Utah Walmart. While the Walmart sale was to begin at 5am, we walked into the store at 4:30 to find people already walking around with products in their carts and already lined up to check out. They had isles completely blocked off, making it hard to get through the store to the items we were looking at. We even found a few cashiers checking people out before 5am. I also observed that every laptop sold needed an override at the cash register for a serial number which wasn’t available because people couldn’t pick up a laptop except from a trailer around the back of the store only after they paid for it.

Worst Planning also goes to Walmart. The front page of their Black Friday advertisement was promoting their price matching policy. While price matching is a great way for consumers to get good prices, price matching at 5am really slows down already long lines. We were behind this guy who had to price match some DVDs, and it took like 5 times longer for him to check out.

Most Ridiculous Line goes to the American Fork Target. We casually walked in looking for sales on games, but then casually walked out when we saw that the line looped through two thirds of the store. Since we didn’t actually wait in line at Target, we give a dishonorable mention to the next door Old Navy. Although they opened hours earlier, the Old Navy associates seemed disinterested in checking people out speedily. Not that the line was long, it was just slow. They problem was compounded by the fact that they were trying to get people to sign up for an Old Navy charge card. They were telling people they could go to the front of the line if they were to sign up for a new charge card. What this was really doing was punishing the people who didn’t sign up for a card, by making them wait longer in line behind the people that did sign up for a new card.

Best Deal Hiding goes to the Staples in Orem. Sure we didn’t get there when it opened, but we couldn’t even tell if they had the items we were looking for.

Best Handing of Chaos goes to Best Buy. Although they had masses of people, they had employees available to help you find things, the checkout line was reasonable, they had maps to hand out, and they generally seemed pretty organized. Other stores might look to Best Buy’s handling to improve their performance for next year’s awards.

I almost feel like I’m cheating

Posted in Lifeon Nov 8, 2008

I’ve been doing some very careful shopping recently, and I almost feel like its cheating.

For example, did you know that a string of 50 mini- Christmas lights costs more than a string of 100 at Walmart?  So if you want just a small string of 50, buy it at Target instead.

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A few thoughts revisited

Posted in Insightson Jul 31, 2008

I’ve been thinking a lot. However, most of my thoughts are simply rehashes of previous thoughts. For example, Heather told me she liked reading some of my police beat posts. One of the most bizarre of which is the one where the guy had his wallet stolen with two Victoria’s Secret gift cards inside.

Like always, I continue to thinking about dating and the building of relationship. I’ve decided that I’m sticking with my definition of desperate: that it involves ignoring the natural order and process of relationship building.

My new thought for the week is that I’m going to go ahead and continue to assert that the average Fort Collins East Target Super Center employee is more attractive than the average Walmart employee.