Alright, alright!

Enough people have sent me this now (including leaving it in comments on other posts) that I feel like I have to feature it.

You can get free samples from Walmart. They change periodically.

I am not a Walmart fan, so I am in no way endorsing this particular freebie. But free is free, regardless of the oppression of the masses, apparently. Or, hey—maybe if enough of us go for the free samples, they’ll go out of business! (Oops. Did I say that in my out-loud voice, again?)

19 Responses to “Alright, alright!”

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    Stephanie July 13, 2006 at 12:54 pm #

    My brother sent me this article about Wal-Mart. Apparently, they are no longer pressing charges for shop lifters under 18 or over 64 or anyone who takes less than $25 worth of merchandise. Maybe you could slowly put them out of business that way…

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    susie July 13, 2006 at 1:46 pm #

    I agree with you regarding Wal-Mart. I never, ever go there. Not even for free samples.

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    julie July 13, 2006 at 2:08 pm #

    hate wal-mart…don’t go but online is fine for samples…there are no germs online. 🙂

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    Hannah July 13, 2006 at 2:55 pm #

    You’re so pretty! And smart! And I love you even more for not liking Wal-Mart.

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    Daisy July 13, 2006 at 2:58 pm #

    I’m glad to see that the smart people who read the smart and pretty Mir are smart enough to know that supporting WalMart is not frugal — it costs us all in other ways.

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    jes July 13, 2006 at 3:04 pm #

    I grew a distinct distaste for Wal-Mart during my college years, when it began perpetually smelling like vomit.

    Before that, I loved it IF ONLY BECAUSE my best friend & I were shopping there one day (we were in 4th grade, so naturally, we were shopping with our moms), and Wal-Mart was selling the EXACT SHIRT SHE WAS WEARING, which she maintained that her mom bought for her at Neiman Marcus.


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    Danielle July 13, 2006 at 3:05 pm #

    LOL yep I work for a food broker and we all despise Wal-Mart! If I walk in with a Wal-Mart bag I would have my head cut off!

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    Danielle July 13, 2006 at 3:14 pm #

    Does Target have the same type of thing?

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    carolyn July 13, 2006 at 3:24 pm #

    Great question, Danielle. We all LOVE Target!

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    Aarika July 13, 2006 at 3:35 pm #

    Hey, my mom works for Wal-Mart so she and I shop there to utilize her employee discount. Does this make me the devil on this website? Perhaps! Do I care? Hardly ever, the devil that I am!

    I still find you pretty, however.

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    sumo July 13, 2006 at 4:48 pm #

    This is not meant to spawn a big debate over Wal-Mart (I’m not a fan either), but for another viewpoint you might want to check out what Liz had to say on the subject back in March:

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    Stephanie July 13, 2006 at 5:12 pm #

    The article I mentioned above said that the two groups who steal the most from Wal-Mart are professional shoplifters and its own employees. Hmm. I wonder why Wal-Mart’s employees steal so much from them? Maybe because they can’t make enough money working for them. If Wal-Mart would compensate its employees better, they probaby wouldn’t have so much loss.

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    Mir July 13, 2006 at 5:24 pm #

    Sumo, thanks for that article. Liz is one of my idols. And I see her points, I do. My intention was not to incite a riot or blind adherence to my own preferences. 🙂

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    htretn July 13, 2006 at 7:54 pm #


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    Christina July 13, 2006 at 9:43 pm #

    Why is Target so much better? Don’t get me wrong, I love Target, but I don’t hate Walmart, just not my favorite place, that’s all.

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    Amy July 13, 2006 at 10:04 pm #

    Last time I found myself in a Wal-Mart (*shiver*), they were handing out samples of advil or some other pain medication. Which is pretty indicative of how they must expect their customers to feel by the time they check out.

    And Christine, Wal-Mart is just evil. They prey on small communities and suck the life out of them. At least Target has a little bit (relatively) of class.

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    Jamie July 14, 2006 at 9:42 am #

    In our city in MN Wal-Mart pays their employees better than Target and any of the grocery stores, by a couple dollars/hr. So I never really understand why people complain about that, unless they really don’t know. When you have 4 children, and one income Wal-Mart really does save us a ton! The Wal-Mart brand diaper alone has saved us hundreds! I’ve compared everything from shampoo to toilet paper, and Wal-Mart is always the lowest, sometimes by a couple dollars per item. (like shampoo/conditioner) Since Sam’s Club is the same company, are you against Sam’s too?

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    Charlotte July 14, 2006 at 11:48 am #

    I hate Walmart too. However, if they went out of business, I would have nowhere to shop. Amy said, “They prey on small communities and suck the life out of them.” Yeah, I live in one of those communities. In our family budget, Walmart gets its own category. Its the largest category after the mortgage. We buy EVERYTHING at Walmart simply because there are no other choices.

    I heart Target, but the closest one to me is nearly two hours away.

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    Marsha July 14, 2006 at 2:19 pm #

    I guess some people would think I don’t have principles, but my choice of where to shop is based almost entirely on price and convenience. I shop mostly at Target because it’s nearer, but about once a month I go to Walmart to buy the items that are cheapest there. My loyalty is to my family, not to a business of whatever size. My husband works hard for our living, and I’m going to spend our money as wisely as possible. Another thought–whether you like Walmart or not, the increased competition it brings keeps prices down at the stores you do shop.