I used to shop at Wal-Mart. . Having been lured by low prices and even lower quality, I don’t buy much there anymore. My purchases had come down to movies and dog food. I buy my movies elsewhere because I get better prices and a larger selection. Basically my last contribution to Wal Mart was dog food.
Today that changed. I used to park in the back, walk in through the garden center, two aisles over, pick up the bag and out to the register and on with my life. Even on busy days, 10 mins. tops.
This morning I discovered that Wal Mart has become what I call the latest Packman Merchandiser. Target being the first one of these I encountered. Instead of regular clear aisles, they redesigned their stores to resemble a pacman maze. You go down one aisle, and come to a corner where you have to go somewhere else hopefully not getting lost, and maybe finding what you are looking for.
After spending 30 mins. following blind alleys I finally found where the dog food was. In the very back of the store. They hadn’t stocked it yet. That was my last trip into a Wal Mart. Somebody else can play that stupid game.
Marketeers have long dictated store design to attempt to empty your pockets, under the assumption that everybody who enters their stores has no life outside of the spending universe.
Consider your grocery stores. Milk, bread and eggs. Always in the farthest back corner of the store, hoping that you will feel guilty pushing that large empty shopping cart through the store from the back, and that your arms will spasm and rake product from the shelves into the cart, fufilling their dreams of sales. Or slamming into the ‘end cap’ with whatever overstock product they are trying to move before its freshness date expires. Like you need 37 boxes of tuna flavored rice cakes.
I’m just waiting for the first body to be discovered from one of these stores.
“According to reports, Mrs. Johnson, mother of three was discovered in the corner of the Garden Center, and had starved to death. Her oldest child cried, “We live in a condo and don’t even have a yard”. “She went to the store for milk and notebooks”. Authorities are investigating. BigBox.Co had no comment.”
Maybe they will wake up when they have to hire hunting parties to track down lost shoppers.