Let’s face it: Walmart supercenters are wonderlands for the modern shopper. From food to electronics to garden supplies – everything a person needs is conveniently located in one large building. Theoretically, this simplifies the shopping experience. However, my relationship with with this lovable place is one of love and hate.
A shopping list is easy enough to make – bread, chips, shampoo, etc. The fact: it’s all in one place. The reality: it’s not that simple. I love the idea of getting everything from one spot rather than exhausting all my precious energy from going store to store. The plan to just grab some bread before moving on to the chips is suddenly turned to one of deciding just exactly which bread to buy. Which brand? Which price range? Which type? It’s complication goes beyond choosing between white or wheat. Flustered, I move on to the shampoo, only to discover that a whole aisle is dedicated to this one product as well. Shampoo for curly, straight, fine, dry, normal hair. Want volume or shine? Not enough? Don’t worry, it’s all covered. To go through such an overwhelming decision-making process for each item can be really tiring and time-consuming although I love being able to make a choice…out of so many options. Variety is good right?
As the oncoming headache builds, the realization that you’ve forgotten a product wouldn’t be so bad, except that it’s in the other end of the store. The fact: It’s all under one roof. The reality: there’s some ground to cover between departments. Sometimes, you’re going to have to travel the world to make the cross. I really envy the kids who can sit in the cart without even having to lift a foot. I love being able to shop in a nice air-conditioned (or heated) building without being subjected to the onslaughts from outside: freezing temperatures, rain, snow, heat, humidity. However, you’re still going to need your walking shoes.
In the event that the person in front of you in the checkout line has an overflowing cartload (or two) of the store’s content, you can always opt to go through the self-checkout; but be prepared to be forced to seek help from an employee anyway. There’s bound to be a missing label, accidental swipe, or technological malfunction. Depending on the store, there are still more amenities available that don’t require the use of a car once you’re done checking out, or even before you begin your shopping experience. Grab some fastfood from the built-in McDonald’s or Subway. Do your banking. Get your eyes checked. Although there’s an inconvenience for every convenience, I still love Walmart…and hate it.