7.12.2011

My complaint to Walmart and Target

Dear Walmart and Target,

You guys are a bunch of greedy little b@stards!  I am appauled at the prices you are charging for school supplies.  In this time of economic crises, you go and screw people again and again.  Low price leader my @ss!  As a teacher who provides many of the supplies the parents don't provide and the ones that the supply companies charge us double for, I have always turned to Walmart and Target for good, fair prices.  But I have noticed over the years, the prices go up a little bit each year.  But this year, you didn't just go up a little, you jumped up.  You're really reaching for the stars now, aren't you?  While you will be so happy to show that you made a bigger profit this year for Back to school shopping, it will be because you raised your prices so much, not because more people are buying your stuff.  But, fortunately for you and unfortunately for me, I will have to buy the stuff I need for my class.  I won't be happy about it and will bitch and complain to anyone who will listen.  I think you are greedy little bastards who don't give a crap about people and only care about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.  My hope is that some new magical store will open and sell inexpensive school supplies to teachers for cheap so we can support the kids we teach and still be able to have money left over for ourselves.  But until then, I will curse you while I am checking out and then remember why I buy it...it's for the kids I teach and hope to make a difference in their lives.  Someone has to, and it certainly isn't you!

Thank you,

A very pissed off teacher!


FYI...At Walmart, their 24 pack of Crayola crayons are now 40 cents a box compared to 25 cents from last year.  At Target, they are 65 cents a box.

At Target, their spiral notebooks (70 pages) were like 45 cents a piece and I didn't see the 4 packs like they had last year.  I'm not sure what they are at Walmart, as they weren't marked last week.

Plastic 3 prong, 2 pocket folders were 50 cents at Target today and I know they are 25 cents at Staples.  I will have to go this week to get them for my homework folders.  I think! 

OK, time to get my frustrations out on my yardwork! 

27 comments:

  1. I know you guys start school MUCH earlier than me...but I have never seen their super cheap sales at Target/Walmart until the END of July. One year when I was still teaching year-round (so we started early August), I got totally screwed because the stuff was the prices you're talking about and then two weeks later they were all .15-.20 cheaper. I was sooooo pissed!

    I hope that maybe later you can find some cheaper stuff and return the high priced stuff to get your money back!

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  2. I haven't bought anything yet, but I want to start so I have all that I need. It just sucks that they raise their prices year after year, but we still buy it. I guess that makes me the fool here! :)

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  3. Love your post--colorful language and everything! You and I would have a blast in the teacher's lounge during planning. It's like you are my new best friend.

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  4. Around here stuff doesn't get that cheap until the end of July or maybe even beginning of August.

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  5. @ Underground...yes, I have been known to drop the f-bomb now and again, but never in front of the kids. My principal will even come into my room to relieve her stress!

    @ Mrs. Magee...I have always had to buy early since we start early, but even then, the regular prices weren't horrible. But, now? Ridiculous!

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  6. If you have a Kroger/Fry's near you, I think they will have 24 packs of crayons for $0.25 each starting tomorrow. Our Targets in AZ have them $0.40 (as well as WalMart). Be patient, they just started loading the shelves. Check out Staples and Office Max as well...

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  7. @Jessica...no Kroger here. I'm just complaining because the regular prices the lsat few years were a lot cheaper than they are now. The sales may come here or they may not. It's a crap shoot as to what we get sale wise.

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  8. You complain all you want. I like it. :)

    I am not going to tell you to hang in there or where you can get cheap school supplies. I am just going to empathize with your situation as all teachers have gone through that at some point in time.

    You are frustrated, you vented here, and its all good.

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  9. Thanks Underground! You get me! When kiddos show up on Aug. 10, I have to have something for them whether things were on sale or not. It's just the nature of the beasts...damn Walmart and Target. :)

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  10. Do y'all have a free cycle or a Pay it Forward for Education kind of thing there? People tend to keep teachers in mind when they are getting rid of things. Just doing something like that has helped me get all kinds of school supplies. Started a little teacher's network thing here, and, anything I couldn't use was made available to other classroom teachers.

    Even though I teach middle school, many primary and elementary teachers would clean out classrooms or retire or downsize or move or something and give me all the stuff knowing I would open my doors to fellow teachers.

    I was pissed enough and tired of spending money, and the idea of extracting stuff from businesses rather appealed to me. :)

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  11. Yeah, the moment people get all real and let it all out, I totally love them more. Why keep it bottled in when you can have the time of your life in the teacher's lounge or behind closed doors? Of course, we all know that my thinking is a little off.

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  12. HONESTLY. I can't take it. I have found that if i REALLY shop around, and wait, I can't find better prices.

    But frankly, shouldn't they be thinking more about the little man, the children, education and what is RIGHT? Man.

    You're right. I'm going out to weed my garden.

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  13. @Vodka Mom...I did get my frustrations out on my yard work. I felt much better after coming inside. I just keep wondering how much more we can take?!

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  14. Aw, come'on.
    Yes, it sucks to pay more. But, whose responsibility is it to find the bargains? Who complains when Walmart doesn't pay its employees more - how do you expect them to do it, with the money they're NOT making?
    They're entitled to try to make a profit. You don't have to buy there. There are enough teachers at any school to get together, make up a list of things they need, and buy in bulk at an office supply store - which, for large orders, will deliver.
    Think of the taxpayers who have to pay more to support their schools - do you take a pay decrease because it helps their budget?
    Didn't think so.

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  15. A person is entitled to feel what they feel and express those feelings. Sometimes that is all that is needed.

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  16. @Linda- For your information, we have taken pay decreases for the last two years, on top of paying more for insurance. And, the district has slashed our supply budget by 75% and we have $200 for the year to buy anything and everything we need for the kids. We aren't able to require the parents to buy anything, so it's up to us as the teacher to make up the difference. So yeah, I do take a paycut and pay more out of my own pocket. But hey, thanks for the nasty comment. Makes my day! Come work at my school and see how well everyone workd together. I live in reality, not a Pollyanna world where everyone gets along and it's all roses and sunshine!

    @Underground - You get me! (((hugs)))

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  17. Yeah...plus, you live in California. It ain't cheap to live there.

    Sending supportive hugs from the East Coast.

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  18. @Underground...I am surprised that so many people think it's OK that the prices have gone up. You would think we would be united on this front rather than divided. Strange how some people think. But, they are entitled to their own opinions, just like I am entitled to mine. I wish I lived in happyland where it was all glorious and sunshine and roses, but I live in reality where things sometimes suck. And we get through it and go on with life. But hey, this is my blog and I can write what I want! :) I'm not here to please everyone, just make myself a little less frustrated! Oh, and CA isn't cheap...but hey, gas prices are going down...I think we are at about $3.65/gallon now! Cheap gas....not!

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  19. Truth be told, teachers have to put up with so much that I firmly believe that we shouldn't have to pay any out of pocket expenses for anything. That goes for anything from school supplies to medications and copays that I didn't need or have before I became a teacher.

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  20. Wow! I'm loving all the heated discussions! I also HATE Walmart with a passion and I hate the fact even more that it's the only place in my small. Idaho town to buy school supplies. I got pretty cranky two years ago with a Walmart employee because crayons had gone from .15 to .20 I can't believe they're now .40! UGH! My school doesn't require the parents to by ANYTHING so we have to buy it all. PLUS with all the cuts we hardly have any money to do it. My poor kiddos usually end up using old crayons from last year. It's just the way it has to happen.
    BTW My husband had his interview here in CA on Monday and we should know by tomorrow or Friday...kinda scary

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  21. P.S. I was cranky with the employee mostly b/c I was 8 months pregnant at the time and was cranky with everyone. I knew it wasn't this employee's fault that the price had changed.
    @Underground - I love the comment about medications that we didn't need before we started teaching. I'm totally on a couple of those :o)

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  22. @Rachel...let me know how the interview turns out. We drove through SLO on Sunday. It's a pretty town, but pricey. It would be very nice to live that close to the ocean! Good luck!

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  23. I'm with you on the fact that supplies are outrageously expensive!!! I'm in so cal too and can empathize with you.

    Does your school not supply certain supplies? My school -i'm in the inland empire- supplies crayons for every kid, pencils, glue sticks, erasers and paper.

    Although a lot of my kids need WAY more than that and send in loads of supplies at the beginning. What about the dollar tree?? I know they have school supplies and are getting better at what they offer.
    I also wait until the very last minute to buy stuff because it goes cheaper and cheaper as it's closer the the start of school. Sorry you're so frustrated.
    ❀ Christine
    {heart} to Reed

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  24. Kristen, I was in the Wally World and looking at the prices of school supplies. Something you mentioned for 40 cents was the same here. I thought of your nice letter and was grinning like a fool.

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  25. I got all my stuff at Office Depot. They had a great sale and the manager sold me all the crayons I needed and more. It was a lot cheaper than Walmart. I did have to get some things at Walmart, but it was a lot cheaper. Target got none of my money form school supplies...too much!

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  26. Wow, I feel you ladies I'm in Cali too! I just found your site looking for cheap crayons and glue! And it's sad that I have spend hours trying to find the best deal. This week i finally pencil boxes for .50 @ Target. But I refused to buy crayons for .40. I'm waiting for them to drop .25 anywhere. Prices have gone up and my salary has not. And @ Linda you have no idea what your talking about! You act as if teachers aren't tax payers! We get hit double.
    FYI Target is not looking good this week i'm hoping for a drop at Walmart this week. We start school on Aug 8th and I still have no crayons!!!

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  27. I noticed this too and I was SOOOOOO mad about it. What's really bad is that if you wait and DON'T buy the stuff for this ridiculous price the normal price is EVEN WORSE. The 24 pack of crayons is like $1 and some odd cents during the school year.

    Also, I mentioned the fact that the crayons were 40 cents to one of my coworkers and she lives on the other side of town and the crayons were actually 24 cents there. So, out of the five Walmarts in our town, four of them had crappy prices and one of them had the normal price. Not cool.

    It's especially frustrating because I work in a Title 1 school and so there ARE kids that bring supplies but most don't. With things they way they are around here.....even fewer will bring supplies this year. So, it's on my shoulders.

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