Seriously though folks, I actively encourage shopping at Wal-Mart.
Fact: We are not all Bill Gates, or have his checking account. We want to save. Wal-Mart will always be number one at this, because they aim for a gross margin of twelve percent.
I support small retailers in a niche market (say, firearms). Wal-Mart can NOT do the gun thing up here in Canada. The only thing they sell is two or three cans of cleaners and gun blue, and a poor selection of ammo (albeit cheap).
I buy my coffee, once again, from a LOCAL retailer, because Wal-Mart bluntly states how it's not cost-effective (within their margin ratio) to sell all the varieties I get from my local "Old Rock" coffee shop. So unlike other retailers who beat themselves into a submissive failure (K-Mart/Zellers), they KNOW they can't do it, and actively support that very local retailer!
It's called "getting with the times." Mom and pop should have clued in by now that bulk sales are no longer profitable in a small retail environment. You guys love bashing the dinosaur that GM has become, yet cry wolf when mom and pop charge five dollars for toilet paper, while Wal-Mart sells it for three?
Seriously, that's some pretty pathetic hypocrisy.