: Companies You Like vs. Companies You Don't



gdwriter
10-29-05, 11:50 AM
An earlier thread on ExxonMobil's obscene profits got me thinking about other companies I refuse to give my business to. On the other hand, I'm a loyal customer to companies who consistently deliver good service and/or products. I don't expect everybody to agree with my choices, but then again, the discussion is why we come to the forums. So here goes:

The Likes:

Target I love Tarjay and probably do more than 75% of my shopping there. Compared to Wal-Mart and K-Mart, the stores on the whole are much cleaner, less cluttered, and there's not much difference in prices. I actually worked at Target over a Christmas season a couple of years ago and was afraid I'd discover some ugly underbelly, but I found they treat employees well (at least at the store where I worked).

Southwest Airliines I used to travel regularly on business and did most of it on Southwest. Air travel has become such an unpleasant experience, but the vast majority of Southwest employees I've encountered are friendly and professional. I don't think I've ever encountered a Southwest employee who was truly rude, something I can't say for any other airline. And their frequent flyer program is actually useable. The only good thing about all my business trips was I got to fly free multiple times on personal ones.

In and Out Burger I miss In and Out (I think the closest one is in Redding, CA). They drew huge crowds when they came to Phoenix, and I always make one or two trips to In and Out when I've go back to Arizona for a visit. Love those fries, the burger buns, and the fast, friendly service.

Starbucks Yeah, yeah, they're taking over the world, but I like the coffee. And again, I've found most of the baristas to be friendly and efficient.

FedEx Does anybody else remember the commercial with the fast-talking guy? (PeteryoudidabangupjobI'mputtingyouinchargeofPitts burgh PittsburghperfectPeterthatswhyIpickPittsburghPeter MayIcallyouPete?) I liked FedEx way before I absolutely, positively had to ship something overnight. They've always been reliable and when they've messed up (a computer moniter got smashed), they made it right. When I sell something on eBay, I usually ship FedEx Ground, which is often cheaper than UPS.

Honda This being a Cadillac forum, I expect this one to draw some flames, but I had a '95 and then a '99 Accord, and I drove them 57,000 and 75,000 miles without a problem. Circumstances forced me to sell my '99, and my niece has a very nice first car. I admire Honda engineering; their four-cylinder engines are as smooth and powerful as most other car's V-6 engines. I'd love to see Honda build a V-8. I also like that Honda has built cars in Ohio for 20+ years and also does a good deal of design and development in the U.S. As far as I was concerned, my Accords were American cars.

The Dislikes:

Wal-Mart Bashing Wal-Mart has become very popular in the past couple of years, but I quit shopping there a long time ago. Mostly it was because their stores were so cluttered I couldn't find anything, and in some cases, the stores were just plain dirty. Were Mr. Sam still alive, he would not approve. I also don't think he would approve of how the ruthless the company has become towards its employees and suppliers. When full-time employees still qualify for food stamps, but not health insurance, something's wrong.

ExxonMobil I don't care for Big Oil period, but these guys are the fattest of the fat cats.

Microsoft Fair disclosure here, I've been a Mac user for 15 years. Windows XP looks much better than previous versions, but Windows still drives me crazy when I'm trying to find or move files. I use Mac versions of Word and Excel, and I do like them for the most part, but I loath PowerPoint. Some Microsoft features are useful, but their software seems like so much bloatware, automating things I don't want automated (and difficult to turn off).

That's all I can think of for now. It'll be interesting to see what the rest of you think.

mccombie_5
10-29-05, 12:56 PM
Likes:

MG Rover (i know, theyre dead, but i would buy British if i could)

Fed Ex Same reason as gdwriter, theyre fast, efficient, and they provide a useful service for a good price.

Sony Best of most things they make, good after sales car (The Sony Centre) and they have reliable products

Coca Cola Just cant help it

Starbucks also i love their stuff, theres one or two or three near my office

Gilette


Dislikes:


McDonald's IM not sure how they can sell that crap

Porsche Someone once described them well as arse engined Nazi slot cars.

ASDA (UK division of Wal-Mart) although cheap, its got little else going for it

Waitrose They are another supermarket chain, i really have issues with the snob value of them. Same as Marks and Spencer

People only buy there for the prestige

Im sure there are others...

HotRodSaint
10-29-05, 01:28 PM
Dislikes:

Starbucks - Expensive and cluttering our citycapes and now the country side too!!

Microsoft - I don't want service pack number 2. I want the product to be right when I paid $250.00 for it at the store, not 1 1/2 years later!!

GM - It's not Japan's fault your car's didn't sell there, and it's not Japan's fault your cars don't sell here! You've wasted 2 decades blaming other companies for your own mistakes!!

Toys R Us - What toys do you have that Walmart doesn't have?

K-Mart - Put your crap on sale and blow it out, don't just keep taping up the broken boxes and throwing them back on the shelf anywhere they fit!!

Schwinn - You invented the Cruiser, and let others make fortunes selling them. Ditto BMX and Mountain Bikes. Now Walmart sells them right next to the Korean Kents.

Likes:

In and Out - I'll take a number 2 and make it animal style!!

Cracker Barrel - Makes me proud to be a cracker!! Too bad they don't exist in California!! So next best is...

Norm's - Open 24 hours, serves breakfast all day and it's not Denny's!!

Marie Calenders - I need a one of their German Chocolate Pies now!!!

Google - When will you guys stop being innovative already??

Yahoo - No AOL, I won't subscribe because Yahoo is a portal so why do I need your's? Hmmmm... :hmm:

Jetblue - Wow, TV's and for the low low price of...

Arco - Always cheaper than the other brands!!

SpeedyArizona
10-29-05, 01:30 PM
THE LIKES

Starbucks I need my double Mochachino Latte before I function at work!

Krispy Kreme They have the absolute best doughnuts you'll ever find, very light and fluffy.

American Airlines I have tens of thousands of miles saved up on my AA Frequent Flyer card, and I always am greeted with a welcome..

Walmart Not a good place to buy clothes or electronics, but I do enjoy getting a few neccesary items quickly.

Sony The best brand for all things electronic.

Mountain Dew This stuff will keep me hoppin' around the office every morning.

The Scottsdale Fashion Square This may seem ridiculous, but this is the ONLY place I will buy my clothing at. It has everything from Banana Republic to Gucci to Louis Vuitton, but I'm a Neimen Marcus MAN!

Dell I love these computers, they make my life much easier!

Chevron I own Chevron stock + I make money + I don't buy there gasoline = One very happy stockholder!

THE DISLIKES

Exxon Mobil $10,000,000,000 in profit...need I say more?

Toyota They have good quality, but I don't like the styling of their vehicles.

K-Mart As my nephew would say "This is the place for people who can't afford to shop at Walmart!"

I can always edit this list if I forget something I wanted to mention.

pjohnesq
10-29-05, 01:37 PM
Likes

Airline Companies
Southwest Airlines - I travel so much between LA and Oakland that Southwest is like my personal jet. Their schedule is very accomodating and their frequent flyer program has me getting enough free flight coupons where I just end up giving them away to family and friends.

Air Jamaica - Reggae music playing as you board the aircraft, Blue Mountain Coffee, hot meals and cold Red Stripe beers to wash it all down. Plus friendly and hot flight attendants.

American Airlines and Jet Blue - Best way for me to travel back to the east coast.

Clothing Companies
Likes - Sean John, Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren/Polo, Dockers, Gap, Timberland

Dislikes- Tommy Hilfiger,

Car rental companies
Likes - Enterprise (they rent the CTS), Avis
Dislikes - Hertz

Fast Food/Restaurant
Likes - Wendy's (first place I ever worked in HS); Carl's Jr., el Pollo Loco and Roscoes Chicken and Waffles.:histeric:
Dislikes - Denny's (they have issues with black folks) Just can't support that type of behavior

Gas Companies
Likes - Chevron, Amoco (when I lived back east)

Dislikes
Texaco - never bought Texaco - the have issues too
Shell - never bought Shell in my life since they were a big supporter of apartheid

Auto
Likes - Obvious
Dislikes - Kia, Hyuandai, Yugo,

Also, I dislike all K-Mart,Wal-Mart, Target, etc....nothing against the corporations themselves, I just hate it when my wife drags me to those places with her...lol

gdwriter
10-29-05, 05:15 PM
Interesting to see the responses. Any wonder why I've become addicted to the forums?

After seeing the responses, I have to add Coca-Cola, Sony, Dell and Krispy Kreme (especially when you get the donughts fresh of the machine; they melt in your mouth). Even though I'm a Mac guy, I'd buy a Dell if I had to use a PC. I directed a video shoot for a client who installed some automated material handling equipment in one of their plants, and their speed and efficiency is impressive.

I'm too broke to shop at a place like Scottsdale Fashion Square, but since I do like name brands, I go to the outlet mall between Portland and Salem, where I can get Gap, Calvin Klein, etc.

One more company I like: Boeing. They've had their ups and downs in terms of management and financial results, but their aircraft design and engineering is impeccable. One nice thing about flying Southwest is I always know I'll be on a 737 and not some dinky regional jet (which is only marginally better than the turboprops). My dad was a B-52 crew chief for most of his Air Force career, so I have a soft spot for the BUFF. As the old bumper sticker said, "If it aint Boeing, I aint going!"

SilverCTS
10-29-05, 06:03 PM
First and foremost, I love the company I work for because they take good care of me and my family. Plus, I love the people I work with.

I'm a VP for a large financial services company. Suffice to say that all of you have heard of it, but I don't want to mention it. Anonymity is precious.

I also like the great American companies that are known for innovation, great products, or great service. Many have already been mentioned:

Apple
Microsoft
Intel
IBM
Boeing
Walt Disney
Yahoo
GE
Harley Davidson
I also like Coke and Starbucks because I am addicted to their products.Companies I don't admire:


Verizon because their workers always seem to cause service outages for cable and power in my township.
McDonalds because of garbage products.
NYTimes because of garbage news.Also, since I am a capitalist pig, I generally like any company that made me a lot of money in the stock market, including Exxon Mobil and Valero (very rich oil companies). People have been very critical of these companies and perhaps it is justified. However, they have been good for my family.

SilverCTS
10-29-05, 06:03 PM
Interesting to see the responses. Any wonder why I've become addicted to the forums?

After seeing the responses, I have to add Coca-Cola, Sony, Dell and Krispy Kreme (especially when you get the donughts fresh of the machine; they melt in your mouth). Even though I'm a Mac guy, I'd buy a Dell if I had to use a PC. I directed a video shoot for a client who installed some automated material handling equipment in one of their plants, and their speed and efficiency is impressive.

I'm too broke to shop at a place like Scottsdale Fashion Square, but since I do like name brands, I go to the outlet mall between Portland and Salem, where I can get Gap, Calvin Klein, etc.

One more company I like: Boeing. They've had their ups and downs in terms of management and financial results, but their aircraft design and engineering is impeccable. One nice thing about flying Southwest is I always know I'll be on a 737 and not some dinky regional jet (which is only marginally better than the turboprops). My dad was a B-52 crew chief for most of his Air Force career, so I have a soft spot for the BUFF. As the old bumper sticker said, "If it aint Boeing, I aint going!"

My dad worked for Boeing for 30 years.

mccombie_5
10-29-05, 06:12 PM
Disney....Disney....
Walt Disney I admire. He was a pioneer.
Disney the company? No. Not for me
I have three children, when they were younger, they all loved Disney films. And of course no trip to the Metrocentre was complete without a rip to the Disney store. Some of the items that they sell are rediculously overpirced.
35 for a stuffed toy that probably cost 1 to make in a chinese sweatshop. I dont liek it one bit. Not all parents can afford such things. Especially in my area, which although i live in a nice aprt of it, is a low income area for working class families.
Children want Disney toys because of advertising and just visiting the stores. Parents cant always afford them. Leading to disappointment on the child's side, and also disappointment on the parents side because they cannot afford to buy their child something they want.
Its not just Disney, i jsut think their prices are beyond belief for what you get. Other companies do this, mainly McDonalds they make kids want happy meals, but thats lsightly different, and every toy company on the market. But for me the epitomy of this is Disney.

Sandy
10-29-05, 07:13 PM
Not such a large listing here:-
LIKES:-
WENDIES: THE salad & Baked Potato are terrific.
GM
FORD
CHRYSLER, Pre 1982
KRISPY CREAM
LAW'S COFFEE
R/C COLA
7-UP
STEWART'S ROOT BEER
JIMMY BUFF'S (IT'S A JERSEY THING !)
DISLIKES
MAIL BOXES, ETC. (PACK 'N CRUSH SPECIALISTS)
MC DONALDS BONE BURGERS
JAPANESE, CHINESE & KOREAN CARS
PEPSI COLA (BETTER KNOWN AS PUKSI COLA)
PALASAIDES AUTO INSURANCE COMPANY (NO COMMENT)
(CROOKS COME TO MIND)
DEL MONTE KETCHUP (RUINS ANYTHING YOU DRIP IT ON)
A represenative from Palsaides Auto Insurance Company
arriving at my house in Japanese car, exiting with a Pepsi in
his hands - gets immediately SHOT.

Kev
10-29-05, 07:29 PM
DISLIKES
......
PEPSI COLA (BETTER KNOWN AS PUKSI COLA)
.......In high school I went on a field trip to USC. While there we saw the Pepsie Taste Test going on. i got in line and when it was my turn for the blind test when asked which one I liked best I said; "This one, the Coke." as I held up the plain cup. (yes, I was a smart-alec teenager! I could tell the difference between the two) The student administering the test was a bit perplexed or perturbed and said; "It's not labeled, how can you know?" I just smiled at him, pointed at the Coke and said; "I like Coke better."

mccombie_5
10-29-05, 07:38 PM
Nto to take this off topic, wheres your ownership section gone Kev?

SpeedyArizona
10-29-05, 09:27 PM
Verizon because their workers always seem to cause service outages for cable and power in my township.

I need Verizon! I haven't had a problem with them in the past, and they answer my questions if I have any.

Also, since I am a capitalist pig, I generally like any company that made me a lot of money in the stock market, including Exxon Mobil and Valero (very rich oil companies).

You Pig, stop stealing my money :D! Just a note, but Valero isn't an oil company, it's an energy company.

SilverCTS
10-29-05, 09:35 PM
Disney....Disney....
Walt Disney I admire. He was a pioneer.
Disney the company? No. Not for me
I have three children, when they were younger, they all loved Disney films. And of course no trip to the Metrocentre was complete without a rip to the Disney store. Some of the items that they sell are rediculously overpirced.
35 for a stuffed toy that probably cost 1 to make in a chinese sweatshop. I dont liek it one bit. Not all parents can afford such things. Especially in my area, which although i live in a nice aprt of it, is a low income area for working class families.
Children want Disney toys because of advertising and just visiting the stores. Parents cant always afford them. Leading to disappointment on the child's side, and also disappointment on the parents side because they cannot afford to buy their child something they want.
Its not just Disney, i jsut think their prices are beyond belief for what you get. Other companies do this, mainly McDonalds they make kids want happy meals, but thats lsightly different, and every toy company on the market. But for me the epitomy of this is Disney.

I like Disney mostly because of the experiences we had at Disney World.

We stayed at one of their deluxe resorts. Top quality. Top Service. Everything was first rate. The amusement parks were awesome (EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, etc.) Everything was perfect. The kids had a great time.

Honestly, I'm not really sure about Disney movies or toys. I could take 'em or leave 'em...

By the way, Disney owns ESPN as well. ESPN is one of the few channels I actually watch nowadays.

SilverCTS
10-29-05, 09:41 PM
Verizon because their workers always seem to cause service outages for cable and power in my township.

I need Verizon! I haven't had a problem with them in the past, and they answer my questions if I have any.

Also, since I am a capitalist pig, I generally like any company that made me a lot of money in the stock market, including Exxon Mobil and Valero (very rich oil companies).

You Pig, stop stealing my money :D! Just a note, but Valero isn't an oil company, it's an energy company.

Hi Speedy:

Next time they answer your questions, could you please tell your Verizon friends to take it easy when they lay fiber optic cable???

Everytime they lay cable, half our township goes without power, cable tv, the internet and phone service for days.

:)

You're right about Valero. It is an energy company.

ben72227
10-29-05, 10:48 PM
Food

Likes - Taco Bell, Burger King, Arbys, Wendys, Red Lobster, Popeyes, Sonic, and some others...

Dislikes - McDonalds (I've never eaten there after I saw how they made chicken mcnuggets in Supersize Me), Starbucks (http://www.snopes.com/rumors/starbuck.htm), and KFC, because their chicked is always so dry and tasteless (compared to Popeyes...)

Auto

Likes - Honda (for being so damn good at what they do), Audi (for being so out there, yet so cool at the same time), Cadillac (do I really need to explain?), Hyundai (for trying so hard to be so good, and for helping out southerners by building the most advanced auto plant in Alabama...), and Mazda for designing the Mazda3 and the RX series...

Dislike - MB & BMW (for being so unreliable and so unoriginal nowadays), Lexus (for having such damn good cars with such mediocre styling), Kia (for making such crappy cars), Ford (for not letting their designers unleash their full potential on everything and for having mercury around still AND for starving lincoln of good product), DCX (do i need to explain this one?)

Stores

Likes - Target (for being so clean and organized), Best Buy (for having everything you could want), and Amazon (for being so cool and having everything), Ralph Lauren Outlet Stores (I'm a POLO whore:crying: )

Dislikes - Walmart/Kmart (no need for explanation here...), Old Navy/Abercrombie/Aeropostle (for being so "trendy";) ), Dillards (for being such a ripoff), Alltel (for being such an awful company)

Gas

Likes - Shell & Exxon (they're the only ones that have diesel, and they have nice new pumps)

Dislikes - BP (for trying to act so consumer friendly when we all know they're just another gas company - at least Shell and Exxon KNOW they're evil and don't try to hide it...) and all of those cheap no-name gas stations too...

JC316
10-30-05, 01:37 AM
LIKES
Starbucks
Mcdonalds
Dominos- The best tasting pizza ever.
Krispy Kreme
Autozone- I love em, fast, friendly, and effiecient

Dislikes
Walmart- When a mother f***ing tire "Expert" tells me I cant put a different size f***ing tire on my f***ing car, just because that size tire is not on the f***ing sticker that is slapped on the f***ing door thanks to Walmarts f***ing insurance, I dont buy mother f***ing tires there ANYMORE. And what if I want to put f***ing 25 inch rims on my f***ing lebaron, how the f**k are they going to put the f***ing 15 inch tires that are printed on the mother f***ing sticker thats on the f***ing door on my f***ing 25 inch rims? But if I take the car and put it on f***ing jackstands in the f***ing parking lot and take the f***ing tires off the car, they will put any f***ing tire I want on it, because there isn't a f***ing sticker that tells them what sized tire is supposed to go on the mother f***ing RIM!!!!! Do I sound f***ing nuts :cookoo: ???? Ok I am done.

davesdeville
10-30-05, 05:43 AM
Dislikes:
Starbucks, screw all the trendy BMW driving yuppies that go there.
Walmart, screw them and their business and labor practices.
Intel, their plant is fugly and screws up the view of our west mesa.
McDonalds, there are always bone chips in their burgers, they must just shove cows whole in a grinder.
Sonic, I like the food but their commercials straight up PISS ME OFF.
Old Navy, their commercials straight up PISS ME OFF.
Record companies and their "antipiracy" (read: greed) tactics.
That anti-smoking group that calls themselves Truth when they're actually full of shit.
There are more but that's all I can remember right now.

Likes:
GM
Ford
GM Parts Direct and RockAuto
Premier gas, their station is hooptie as hell but they're cheap
Whatever company makes Funyuns.
The Southern Comfort company.

Elvis
10-30-05, 08:55 AM
A agree with about 99% of what GDWriter initially posted. That pretty much sums it up for me, very well done!

But I'll add two more companies I don't like: Dominos and Little Caesar's. Both owners screwed up my favorite baseball team. I eat at Papa John's now.

SpeedyArizona
10-30-05, 09:33 AM
Starbucks, screw all the trendy BMW driving yuppies that go there.

Watch your mouth there :D! I'm no "yuppie", I just like to drink Double Mochachino Latte's...

mccombie_5
10-30-05, 09:41 AM
The last time i saw a yuppie was when the stock market crashed in 1987 :p
There have been people who followed the yuppie trend since, but these arent true yuppies.
They were in the 1980s.
I have a BMW. I use Starbucks. I am no yuppie!

http://www.cartoonstock.com/lowres/hsc1385l.jpg

SilverCTS
10-30-05, 10:28 AM
Watch your mouth there :D! I'm no "yuppie", I just like to drink Double Mochachino Latte's...

I am totally addicted to Starbucks coffee. I just had 3 cups this morning. You could drink Starbucks coffee without going there...

Playdrv4me
10-30-05, 06:59 PM
Bank of America (whom I work for) because they are extremely loyal to their employees and very trusting of them as well (though this of course varies depending on what you actually do) and because of their extremely modern infrastructure and wide availability wherever you are. They also are usually at the forefront of Banking service improvements, like Keep the Change, which rounds the pennies off every dollar you spend and deposits it into a savings account automatically (If you spend 1.40 on something, theyll round it up to 2.00 and 60 cents gets deposited into your savings account, its a novel way to save).

BMW A company which has managed to remain mostly family controlled despite its worldwide reach, it doesnt hurt they make some of the best cars on earth.

Rolex Same as BMW but with watches.

Southwest Airlines Nearly spotless accident history, good customer service and efficient operation.

QuikTrip Bar-none the BEST gasoline stations in the country, but they are not everywhere yet. The company run/company owned mentality they use keeps every store looking fresh and inviting no matter how poor the part of town its in.

CVP33
10-30-05, 07:18 PM
LIKE

FARM FRESH SUPERMARKETS - Because treating people right is the best incentive anyone could ever have.

AMERICAN EXPRESS - When they say membership has it's priveledge they actually mean it.

DELL - They deliver on every promise.

Lowe's Home Improvement - Always willing to help.

Chartway Federal Credit Union - Best rates and great services. Where else can you get a cashiers check at 7pm on a Friday night just prior to flying to Cleveland to pick up your new CTS-V?

DISLIKE

COX CABLE, GM, Chrysler, MBNA - Because threatening to sue a business should not be necessary to get them to do the right thing. Unfortunately sometimes it is.

WalMart - For reasons already mentioned. When the world's largest retailer employs the highest number of people who qualify for food stamps something is wrong.

BESTBUY, Sears - I believe if you advertise it, you should have it. Am I wrong?

Jesda
10-30-05, 08:11 PM
Very interesting thread!

Likes:

Southwest Airlines -- Excellent customer service. Reasonable fares. Well-maintained fleet. Usually on time.

Wal-Mart -- Their aggressive business practices allow me to enjoy 24-hour shopping anywhere in the country during my many road trips. Its completely morphed continental travel.

Sears -- Prices are fair and quality is very good, especially on tools and hardware. Craftsman lifetime warranties rock! Its a much better store than it was ten years ago.

Infiniti -- Chic without being snooty. Reliable technology has been a Nissan trait since the 80s.

Cadillac -- Taking risks can certainly pay off.

BMW -- Focus! Focus! Focus!

Mazda -- Daily drivers dont have to be Toyota Camrys.




Dislikes:

Delta -- Cramped seating, constant overbooking, delays, higher fares don't seem justified.

AOLTimeWarner -- Big-time sponsors of the RIAA. The "sue your customer" business model won't last much longer.

American Airlines -- Swallowed up TWA then bled it dry, essentially killing off the last bit of the St Louis aviation industry.

Starbucks -- Gives me the runs and empties my wallet. Blech.

Sprint PCS -- Been happy with them since 1995. The Nextel merger has resulted in software updates and a new browser for my four year old PDA phone.

Chrysler Corporation after DC merger -- Defects? We dont see any defects! You mean the suicidal 2.7L engines? We blame the weather!

GM -- Teaching management students what not to do since 1982.

HP-Compaq -- Thanks to that whore Carly Fiorina (who has since been fired), the industry's biggest innovator morphed into a pathetic joke, known best these days for rebadging iPods. Yeah, thats some hardcore R&D there.

Lexus -- Taking credit for technologies introduced years earlier by other manufacturers. Their customers are Starbucks-drinking lemmings who listen to Peter Cetera and live on a cocktail of anti-depressants.

davesdeville
10-31-05, 01:45 AM
I eat at Papa John's now.

Add Papa John's to the list of companies I dislike. My dad works at the airport and said he handled the owner, John whatever his name is's plane and that the guy was a dick.

And add Dions Pizza, it's a local chain that doesn't deliver, but DAMN that's good pizza, it puts ALL the chains to absolute shame.


Watch your mouth there :D! I'm no "yuppie", I just like to drink Double Mochachino Latte's...

Well if you're not a yuppie then I'm not talking about you :p I'm talking about those people who just HAVE to let you know they're the trendiest people ever, walking around with their weird shaped sunglasses and bluetooth cellphone headsets...


Bank of America... They also are usually at the forefront of Banking service improvements, like Keep the Change, which rounds the pennies off every dollar you spend and deposits it into a savings account automatically (If you spend 1.40 on something, theyll round it up to 2.00 and 60 cents gets deposited into your savings account, its a novel way to save).

That's just plain cool. My credit union needs to do that.

Kdirk
10-31-05, 10:42 AM
Hmm,

Likes:

Target - I've worked for them for 15 years (though only 1 day a week since mid-2001, it's my gas money <chuckle>) They are as decent as you can get for a big company. Not perfect, but they treat the staff well, and they do run clean, decent stores that are competitively priced. Oh, and some fine ladies shop there...

Ditto on QuickTrip. They pretty much rule St. Louis, I don't think any other gas company has even 3/4 as many locations as they do here. They run a class operation, always clean, well maintained, and their convenience store is tops compared to just about anybody else.

Culvers Butterburgers and Custard. Man, this place is awesome. It's what Steak & Shake wishes it was [uh, Steak & Shake SUCKS]. Great burgers and sandwiches, even better custard and it's always clean. It's also always busy as hell, so they are obviously doing something right. They are semi-regional at this point, about 14 states I think. Oh, and it's cheap, relative to their closest competition, and their product is much better.

Ultimate Electronics - another relatively small chain compared to their competitors (Worst Buy, Circuit Shitty) but they have exquisite stores and much higer end product. They also carry a lot of the same stuff as the competition, but shopping there is just so much more enjoyable than Worst Buy (OK, how many subwoofers do you have to suspend from the roof structure before the damn store collapses, I hate the noise in that place)

Famous-Barr. OK, maybe it's too strong to say I like the place, but when I need decent clothes it's where I go. This is a regional department store chain (formerly owned by May company) that has now been aquired by Federated.

Now, most of their stores are older and some are a bit dowdy, but the prices are fair and I know where everything is at, so it's easy to shop there. It'll be interesting to see what Federated does when they change these out to Macy's starting next year. I'm hoping it dosn't go way upscale, thus pricing itself out of my range.

Dislikes:

Taco Bell - man it seems like every time I go to one of these (which is rarely now) the only thing nastier than the food is the staff. How about a little hygiene? Really, I can't stand to eat there anymore, it's a roach trap.

McDonalds - well, I do eat the fillet o fish sometimes, but their ad campaign is insulting tripe. What is this ghetto-lingo garbage? Is this some attempt to be cool or relevant? Does nothing for me. Pull your commercials and put the money into making a burger with meat in it. And what is this DVD rental stand? Come on, all this convergance one stop shopping is getting stupid. How about a dermatologists office in the dining room? That might be a money maker.

Wal Mart - yeah this has been beat to death already, but I need to give it a kick. Sure I work for the competition, but the "blue menace" as I call it really sucks. When I walk in and their 107 year old "greeter" is laying on the bench inside the front door with a newspaper over his face like some wino, it's not a good sign. And checkout lines that stretch so far you can see them in satellite photos don't help my opinion of the place either.

They have reaped what they've sown now, with all the bad press. Sure, they are/were the low price leader, but at what cost? People bitch about the oil companies being all about the money and caring nothing for people, well, whaddya think Wal*Mart is? They have created a PR nightmare for themselves by being so extreme in their efforts to keep the retail prices down, that their staff has been turning on them like an abused dog, and the public is starting to follow. Too bad, because I'm a capitalist pig and think the free market should be allowed to work, but some people always manage to screw it up by ignoring the need for common decency.

Cell phone companies (any of them) screw the whole lot of 'em. Their service sucks - don't even ask about how useless my Nextels in the office are, maybe 20% of the time I can use the walkie-talkie function, otherwise I get service restriction/unavailable/timeout errors every time I press the button.

Add to that the way they have pervaded our society with their worthless technology in the hands of kids who don't need it, and the breakdown of common courtesy they have caused (when's the last time you went to a movie, or a symphony concert, or even church) and didn't hear a cell phone ring. I'm so sick of this crap, and the people who talk about NOTHING for 15-30 minutes at a time in public. Shut the **** up and catch up on your lame ass gossip in private.

Any company doing these scripted quasi-testimonial feel good ads (BP comes to mind as the perfect example, some of these financial analyst and investment/brokerage firms are doing it too) as thought they are doing some great good for society. What a load of disingenuous crap. Your company exists for 1 reason - to make money - and mostly for the shareholders. So get off your high horse and quit pretending to be the great steward of charity and decency. I don't care if you're a whore, if you admit it. Just don't try to sell me this image doctoring - it won't fly.

Starbucks. OK, I never drink coffee, but this stuff is not only overpriced, the arrogance factor is unbeleiveable. In the plumbing business we have a saying - they think their $hi+ doesn't stink - well that defines the typical neo-yuppie Starbuck swilling customer. "I payed $10 for some coffee, I'm better than you" sums it up. And look at the cars parked in their lot - need I say more? This stuff is liquid ego, plain and simple.

I guess that's enough for now.

KDirk

Jesda
10-31-05, 12:02 PM
Hmm,

Likes:

Ditto on QuickTrip. They pretty much rule St. Louis, I don't think any other gas company has even 3/4 as many locations as they do here. They run a class operation, always clean, well maintained, and their convenience store is tops compared to just about anybody else.

Ultimate Electronics - another relatively small chain compared to their competitors (Worst Buy, Circuit Shitty) but they have exquisite stores and much higer end product. They also carry a lot of the same stuff as the competition, but shopping there is just so much more enjoyable than Worst Buy (OK, how many subwoofers do you have to suspend from the roof structure before the damn store collapses, I hate the noise in that place)

KDirk

I'll second those!

When my tank is empty, I'll drive from Creve Coeur up to the QT in Maryland Heights. Its worth fighting traffic on 270. Not only is the gas a few cents cheaper, the quality is better and I can get a big cup of flavored gourmet coffee for a buck. As an added bonus, they're really friendly. QT simply rocks.

I first shopped at Ultimate Electronics back in 2003 when I was visiting St Louis (before I moved back). Prices are a bit higher, but they know their stuff and generally avoid putting junk on the shelves. I bought my first XM unit there for the drive home, even though the price was higher and the location was inconvenient (Ballwin... I hate driving on Manchester). They did a really professional job. Its too bad a couple of UE stores went out of business this year, particularly the two closest to my house (Bridgeton and Brentwood).

Another St Louis-area electronics store I've come to really like is Best Sound on Lindbergh in Creve Coeur. They specialize in home audio and they know -everything- there possibly is to know. The store is professional and clean and prices are quite reasonable. Proof of their knowledge: They don't sell Bose! I bought an excellent pair of Grado headphones there in 2004.

For computers I go to EPC up in St Charles. I'm the part-time IT guy for Midwest Health (company my parents own), and always purchase used hardware to save money. Their used stuff is dirt cheap but recent enough for office tasks, and they always throw in freebies like keyboards and cables. They understand that the type of person who buys used hardware for business isn't going to blow $20 on a gold-plated printer cable or a $150 bluetooth keyboard.


I guess the natural friendliness of St Louis makes for good business.

mccombie_5
10-31-05, 12:04 PM
Well if you're not a yuppie then I'm not talking about you :p I'm talking about those people who just HAVE to let you know they're the trendiest people ever, walking around with their weird shaped sunglasses and bluetooth cellphone headsets...





LOL!

I dont use Starbucks for the cup, i do like the products. There are two in the area of my office, and they are handy. I like to sit in, they play some nice relaxing music. I often get a cup to take out and go and sit by the river. It's very scenic, i posted a picture down there somewhere.

I know the type of people you mean Dave, the kind that walk so their paper Starbucks cups have the logo so it is perfectly visable.....

Kdirk
10-31-05, 12:28 PM
Jesda -

Good calls on Best Sound (top notch place indeed) and EPC, some good deals to be had there; albeit a bit far to go for me often(70 & West Clay, I better bring a meal with me for that drive!)

I agree it's a shame that Ultimate closed some stores, but they had to ditch the under-performers to keep the company viable after emerging from bankruptcy. Hopfully the new management will grow the company at a more reasonable pace and not nearly run it into the ground like the last time.

And, Bridgeton and Brentwood were too close to the competition. Brentwood especially, why the hell they built within 2000 feet of "Best" Buy, and 1/2 mile from Circuit City in such a cluster-f*** of an area is beyond me. I won't even drive over there anymore, it's a sure-fire way to incite road rage.

Another good local joint is Electronics Exchange on the rock road. Mostly surplus junk in there, but I have scored some unreal deals on computer parts, stereo equipment, some electronic repair parts, even a Telephone PBX system for the office. Give 'em a look sometime.

KDirk