Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck
When I go into Walmart or Home Depot it is always hard to find help. That would not be the case with a Mom & Pop. You just have to remember that you are getting a much better price and the convenience of everything at one place.
Our version of Home Depot is Bunnings, with stores so large you need a GPS just to navigate the aisles. Finding help is also very problematic there too.
The irony is that about the only thing you can't obtain at these places is help. Knowledgeable help
is even rarer.
== I recently had to buy ten washers (the round things with holes in the middle). Instead of driving a bit further to Home Depot, I stopped at a near hardware store (Mom & Pop). Ten washers cost me $3.29. I could have gotten them for half of that at Home Depot.
Knowing that you can obtain the same item for less can be irritating - but sometimes the trade off is worth it.
The new trend here are 'Home Maker Centres' - a massive area of land that usually has one dominate store ie Bunnings, and the rest are all the other 'speciality' stores designed to facilitate consumer needs like Electrical/White Goods, Furniture, Automotive, Groceries etc.
Personally I can't stand these places and will avoid them as much as possible.
The same goes for the adopted idea of 'mega malls'. On one hand it is convenient to have a 'one stop shop'. On the other - it's incredibly inconvenient. (Fighting for parking, fighting through hordes of people, suffering exhaustion simply traversing from one end of a complex to the other
For 'cheaper' items I sometimes don't really mind paying a little extra to go somewhere smaller, local and more easily accessible.
But for 'expensive items' ie TV's, furniture etc I personally can't justify the extra cost to shop at local independent places that more often than not have older stock at much higher prices than the 'speciality stores' that have the latest at much lower prices.
Price and 'convenience' really is a dual edged sword.