Walmart verses Sam's Club
Cadillac
 

Cadillac Forums | Help Us Help You | Advertise | Cadillac Parts | Cadillac News | Cadillac Classifieds / (Old System)

Cadillac Technical Archive | Cadillac Dealers | Cadillac Reviews | Cadillac Dealer Reviews | Cadillac Vendors

CadillacForums.com is the premier Cadillac Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 46
Like Tree25Likes
Community Lounge, Introductions and General Discussion Discussion, Walmart verses Sam's Club in General Discussion; First let me say that I do not patronize either establishment. As I have said in a previous statement, I ...
  1. #1
    orconn's Avatar
    orconn is offline Cadillac Owners 10000+ Posts
    Automobile(s): Cadillac 95 STS, 02 SLS
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Midlothian, VA
    Age
    70
    Posts
    12,081

    Walmart verses Sam's Club

    First let me say that I do not patronize either establishment. As I have said in a previous statement, I have only been in a Walmart store three times in my almost seventy years (eight days to go) years and only been in a Sam's Club once (when they sent out free entrance tickets when they opened a new store in Dulles, VA). This is not due to any preconceived snootiness about the products of either store or a prejudiced view of these stores clientele, but rather that my shopping needs could be satisfied elsewhere more easily. I also was not impressed with what I did see during my visits to both stores.

    But I am wondering, is there really a difference in the products carried and the people who frequent these two stores. I am really kind of interested.

  2. Remove Advertisements
    CadillacForums.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    MoistCabbage's Avatar
    MoistCabbage is offline Cadillac Owners 10000+ Posts
    Automobile(s): Crimson 2001 Seville STS, 1990 Seville (RIP)
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    East Boston MA.
    Age
    26
    Posts
    18,542
    www.peopleofwalmart.com

    There's no such thing as peopleofsamsclub.com

    Not sure if that says something or not.
    Faith76 likes this.

  4. #3
    The-Dullahan is offline Cadillac Owners Master
    Automobile(s): Orange And Purple Lights.
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Sitting on The Levee
    Age
    26
    Posts
    6,305

    Re: Walmart verses Sam's Club

    Lowes.
    77CDV and Hoosier Daddy like this.

  5. #4
    Hoosier Daddy's Avatar
    Hoosier Daddy is offline Moderator
    Automobile(s): 2013 ATS Performance 2.0T M6
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Winchestertonfieldville, AZ
    Posts
    3,015

    Re: Walmart verses Sam's Club

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    ....I have only been in a Walmart store three times .... been in a Sam's Club once......

    But I am wondering, is there really a difference in the products carried and the people who frequent these two stores. I am really kind of interested.
    I don't know. Were the people and products different when you went?

    But seriously, based on the other posts, FWIW it sounds like the "undesirables" at Walmart are not the type to pay a membership fee.

  6. #5
    Kingoftypos is offline Cadillac Owners Master
    Automobile(s): 06 CTS Sport/Luxury package
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Ledyard, CT
    Age
    35
    Posts
    7,276
    I have a BJ's Wholesale in my area, it's like Sam's Club but its own by itself. It's not a branch of Wal Mart. I really try not to patron Wal Mart because of they shitty way they treat their employees.

    There is one item that stands out. A bag of dog food. At Wal Mart it cost about $23.00 for 20 to 25lbs, depending if the 5lbs is free. But at BJ's it's $23ish for 50 to 55lbs. This past purchase there was a $4.00 instant rebate and then on top of that another $2.00 coupon. So for $17.00 I was able to get 55lbs of dog food.

    I also have their highest tier of membership. Basically I earn points to go towards a tri-monthly gift card. It's $90 for that tier and I shop there so much that my first gift card was for $85.00. Basically my membership was paid for

    I also go through my work place, Foxwoods casino, for membership. So I receive $10 off of the membership price and I also get another 3 months. Normally it would be $100 for 12 months, I get $90 for 15 months.

    KOT

  7. #6
    M5eater's Avatar
    M5eater is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): ATS 2.0T RWD FE3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Suffolk, VA
    Age
    26
    Posts
    4,452

    Re: Walmart verses Sam's Club

    Different as in class of people? Yes. paying $40 annually shockingly creates a higher class customer, until food stamp day that is.

    Beyond this, Sams club is like a slightly bigger bulk-buy BJ. acutal product selection is a fraction of that compared to walmart, and of course, everything is in 'prepare for zombie invasion' size.

    Good sometimes, bad others.

    ie, good for 50lb bags of dog food, bad when the cake sucks and you have enough to feed 100 small children.

    I keep my membership around for 3 reasons.
    Tires are cheap
    Shop towels are cheap
    Simple green is cheap,
    Bakery and butcher are pretty nice
    Gas is tremendously cheap, as in I paid $3.25 for 93 the same day my local exxon wanted 3.83.

  8. #7
    Cadillac Kid03's Avatar
    Cadillac Kid03 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2003 SLS, 1992 Z28
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    In a Van down by the river.
    Age
    21
    Posts
    1,169

    Re: Walmart verses Sam's Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingoftypos View Post
    I have a BJ's Wholesale in my area, it's like Sam's Club but its own by itself. It's not a branch of Wal Mart. I really try not to patron Wal Mart because of they shitty way they treat their employees.

    There is one item that stands out. A bag of dog food. At Wal Mart it cost about $23.00 for 20 to 25lbs, depending if the 5lbs is free. But at BJ's it's $23ish for 50 to 55lbs. This past purchase there was a $4.00 instant rebate and then on top of that another $2.00 coupon. So for $17.00 I was able to get 55lbs of dog food.

    I also have their highest tier of membership. Basically I earn points to go towards a tri-monthly gift card. It's $90 for that tier and I shop there so much that my first gift card was for $85.00. Basically my membership was paid for

    I also go through my work place, Foxwoods casino, for membership. So I receive $10 off of the membership price and I also get another 3 months. Normally it would be $100 for 12 months, I get $90 for 15 months.

    KOT
    BJ's is a really good place to shop! Great food and nice folks who work there. But Wegmans is the place i think for food shopping not buying in bulk.

  9. #8
    orconn's Avatar
    orconn is offline Cadillac Owners 10000+ Posts
    Automobile(s): Cadillac 95 STS, 02 SLS
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Midlothian, VA
    Age
    70
    Posts
    12,081

    Re: Walmart verses Sam's Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier Daddy View Post
    I don't know. Were the people and products different when you went?

    But seriously, based on the other posts, FWIW it sounds like the "undesirables" at Walmart are not the type to pay a membership fee.
    My Walmart visits were both geographically very different (Lexington, VA, Dulles, VA and Midlothian, VA) and separated in time (1997, 2000., and 2003 respectively). My visit to Sam's Club was probably in 2001. All I remember about Walmarts was that they seemed like a redneck flea market and Sam's Club didn't have merchandise to compete with Costco.

    This is why I am interested in other people's opinions.

  10. #9
    M5eater's Avatar
    M5eater is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): ATS 2.0T RWD FE3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Suffolk, VA
    Age
    26
    Posts
    4,452

    Re: Walmart verses Sam's Club

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    My Walmart visits were both geographically very different (Lexington, VA, Dulles, VA and Midlothian, VA) and separated in time (1997, 2000., and 2003 respectively). My visit to Sam's Club was probably in 2001. All I remember about Walmarts was that they seemed like a redneck flea market and Sam's Club didn't have merchandise to compete with Costco.

    This is why I am interested in other people's opinions.
    Costco is vastly superior to Sams club.

    Samsclub however, has the advantage of being backed by the largest retail corporation in the world, and as such, their locations are numerous, and often partnered alongside walmart locations, making them optimally positioned for someone to do all of their shopping at once. As a consumer level bulk supplier, they suffice against BJ's nicely. As an acutal small business supplier, not so much. They've toned down their products to smaller sizing in recent years trying to be more like BJ's.

    I will admit to shopping at wally world, I have no social anxiety of being seen with the common folk, and Orconn, if you use any OTS motor oils, wally world prices can NOT be beat. Seriously, it's Like a $10 savings versus autoparts stores for 5Qt of synthetic.
    P-Funk and Stingroo like this.

  11. #10
    dkozloski's Avatar
    dkozloski is offline Cadillac Owners 10000+ Posts
    Automobile(s): 2006 STS V8 AWD, '95 Ford Ranger
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Fairbanks, Ak
    Age
    74
    Posts
    26,089

    Re: Walmart verses Sam's Club

    Sam's is a favorites store that sells all the big sellers under one roof or stuff they got really cheap for one reason or another. What's for sale this week may not be seen on the shelves a month later. It's a great source of supply for those that live in the sticks and buy in bulk when they get the chance. That is very important in Alaska where most of the state is off any highway system. Wal*Mart is the American marketing scheme taken to the nth degree. They have huge buying power so they get the best wholesale prices, they get the best shipping rates for the same reason, and they control costs every way they can. They supply jobs for people that don't have the skills or talent to work anywhere else. It's a place for people on the bottom to start. On the other hand, if you stick it out and keep your nose to the grindstone they offer a chance with stock options for you to retire with an unmatched pension plan. If it were not for Wal*Mart there are many places in America where people living on or below the poverty line could not survive.
    Disclaimer... I don't work there or do a lot of shopping there but they do provide a valuable service for the lower strata.
    Don't mess with Binky Bear!


  12. #11
    Kingoftypos is offline Cadillac Owners Master
    Automobile(s): 06 CTS Sport/Luxury package
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Ledyard, CT
    Age
    35
    Posts
    7,276

    Re: Walmart verses Sam's Club

    Quote Originally Posted by M5eater View Post
    Costco is vastly superior to Sams club.

    Samsclub however, has the advantage of being backed by the largest retail corporation in the world, and as such, their locations are numerous, and often partnered alongside walmart locations, making them optimally positioned for someone to do all of their shopping at once. As a consumer level bulk supplier, they suffice against BJ's nicely. As an acutal small business supplier, not so much. They've toned down their products to smaller sizing in recent years trying to be more like BJ's.

    I will admit to shopping at wally world, I have no social anxiety of being seen with the common folk, and Orconn, if you use any OTS motor oils, wally world prices can NOT be beat. Seriously, it's Like a $10 savings versus autoparts stores for 5Qt of synthetic.
    Oh, that is one of the reasons why I stock up on Mobile One oil from BJ's. Even if I don't need it at the time, I will buy it when it's $10.00 off. So 6qts of Mobile One for $26.00 is an awesome price in my area. I'd buy 2 or 3 cases. :-)

    I'm personally satisfied with the food at BJ's in my area. I've only been to another BJ's, the next closest to me, and wow. The difference between my regular one and that one was a huge difference. Mostly because my normal one was built from the ground up in the mid 90s. The other one was built inside an old super market that was built in the 60's. That one didn't have a gas station, tires, a deli or 1/2 the food that my normal one does.

    One of the reasons why the employees at Costco, BJ's and probably Sam's Club seem to be friendlier. Is because the pay is WAY better than the other super markets, such as Wal-Mart, Stop & Shop, Giant and whatever. I heard some where that pay starts at $12/hour for those employees. Where as at the other super markets their pay starts at $8.50/hour.

    KOT

  13. #12
    CTSCHICK is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2013 ATS 2.0 Rwd Performance Radiant Silver
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Age
    29
    Posts
    1,558

    Re: Walmart verses Sam's Club

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac Kid03 View Post
    BJ's is a really good place to shop! Great food and nice folks who work there. But Wegmans is the place i think for food shopping not buying in bulk.
    During Vacation's and travel I have been to quite a few Wegmans and I think they are flat out awesome, The restaurant part with the make your own take out platters or even get a hand made pizza while grocery shopping was a crazy to me concept to me but it seemed to be working well for them.
    I like the build your own 6 packs in the beer section a lot.

    There is a few in Jersey now up to Central Jersey if and when they make it to the North I will switch to shopping there.
    I have also read they treat their employee's really good down to allowing the employees to use their stores as a jogging track and paying the overweight employees to lose weight and ect,ect.
    Cadillac Kid03 likes this.

  14. #13
    Cadillac Kid03's Avatar
    Cadillac Kid03 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2003 SLS, 1992 Z28
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    In a Van down by the river.
    Age
    21
    Posts
    1,169

    Re: Walmart verses Sam's Club

    Quote Originally Posted by CTSCHICK View Post
    During Vacation's and travel I have been to quite a few Wegmans and I think they are flat out awesome, The restaurant part with the make your own take out platters or even get a hand made pizza while grocery shopping was a crazy to me concept to me but it seemed to be working well for them.
    I like the build your own 6 packs in the beer section a lot.

    There is a few in Jersey now up to Central Jersey if and when they make it to the North I will switch to shopping there.
    I have also read they treat their employee's really good down to allowing the employees to use their stores as a jogging track and paying the overweight employees to lose weight and ect,ect.
    Talking about wegmans and the restaurant part i think i'll take a drive tonight and get some wings from there since they are GREAT!!! I also heard they are a great company to work for and that's why i'm going on my fifth try on getting into that place.

  15. #14
    CTSCHICK is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2013 ATS 2.0 Rwd Performance Radiant Silver
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Age
    29
    Posts
    1,558

    Re: Walmart verses Sam's Club

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    My Walmart visits were both geographically very different (Lexington, VA, Dulles, VA and Midlothian, VA) and separated in time (1997, 2000., and 2003 respectively). My visit to Sam's Club was probably in 2001. All I remember about Walmarts was that they seemed like a redneck flea market and Sam's Club didn't have merchandise to compete with Costco.

    This is why I am interested in other people's opinions.
    I don't know the difference between the two but there is a difference in some of the actual products those 2 places sell when compared to the same equivalent product sold at another store especially electronics's, lawn mowers, and ect so I have to assume they are playing $ games with other products.

    Example say one of those 2 is selling a t.v. for $199 and bestbuy is selling the same exact model number at $250 if you read the details and spec's their cheaper t.v. will have a lower Hz and might be missing an HDMI or USB jack or 2, Ect compared to the more expensive same exact model one sold at the other store.
    So when they advertise it in the black friday sales Ad's it is kinda deceptive IMO


    Not saying there is a difference between a can of coke or bag a chips that the stores sell but they do admittedly play those games setting prices with companies products forcing the companies to downgrade their products or lose money to meet their price.

  16. #15
    M5eater's Avatar
    M5eater is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): ATS 2.0T RWD FE3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Suffolk, VA
    Age
    26
    Posts
    4,452

    Re: Walmart verses Sam's Club

    One of the reasons why the employees at Costco, BJ's and probably Sam's Club seem to be friendlier. Is because the pay is WAY better than the other super markets, such as Wal-Mart, Stop & Shop, Giant and whatever. I heard some where that pay starts at $12/hour for those employees. Where as at the other super markets their pay starts at $8.50/hour.
    For Costco I've heard of this, BJ's I couldn't say, but for Sams Club is there is no pay difference, or employee benefits, except a free regular membership which includes a 10% discount on *some* fruits. I should know.

    The 'friendlier' atmosphere(in sams club) is a byproduct of a higher class of customer, fewer employees creating a more relaxed environment, and more downtime.

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Bookmarks

Cadillac Posting Rules

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Read about Lincoln | Buick | Kia Forte Forum
Need products for your Cadillac? Check out your options at the links below:

custom floor mats | Cadillac Chrome and Black Chrome Wheels | window tinting