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    Cyburbian jread's avatar
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    New jib jab movie: "Big Box Mart"

    This is great, LOL! I'm sure you guys remember Jib Jab's hilarious animations of G.W. Bush during the elections. Well, they're newest one is great as well: http://jibjab.com/Movies/MoviePlayer...ntid=122&adp=1
    "I don't suffer from insanity... I enjoy every single minute of it!"

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    mmmmm........that's some good satire.....oy.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Depressing but accurate!

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    Quote Originally posted by abrowne
    Depressing but accurate!
    But it seems to me that popularizing the idea in a humorous fashion like that is encouraging. It means that the word is getting out -- it is becoming "common knowledge", no longer an idea confined to folks who study such things extensively. And I think that means things are more likely to change.

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    It seemed a very decisive choice on the part of jibjab. Very, very narrow subject. It must mean something to them.

    You're right, it does seem to be popularizing, slowly.

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    I work in a Big Box Mart!

    There's no hope for me...
    Great mindless think alike.

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    Quote Originally posted by abrowne
    It seemed a very decisive choice on the part of jibjab. Very, very narrow subject. It must mean something to them.

    You're right, it does seem to be popularizing, slowly.
    When things get bad enough and enough people are running screaming across the stage with arms flailing like Kermit The Frog about the dire effects of Big Box Mart, that's Good News. It means people are about ready to accept real change -- even if it costs them something and inconveniences them.

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    Quote Originally posted by ABS
    I work in a Big Box Mart!

    There's no hope for me...
    Are there Wal-Marts in Australia?

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    That was too funny!

    But also quite sad. It really put into perspective just how powerful Wal-Mart really is...sometimes I need that reminder.
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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    Are there Wal-Marts in Australia?
    We have K-Mart

    And Target

    And a whole lot of assorted big boxes...
    Ikea
    Bunning's
    Mitre 10
    But fortunatly... no Wal-Mart.

    We really should... as penance for inflicting Westfield Shoppingtowns on the rest of the world.

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    Quote Originally posted by chukky
    We have K-Mart

    And Target
    That'll probably change soon. Wal-Mart is constantly looking for new markets, and they're having problems in areas where they have to compete with French hypermarkets like Carrefour and Auchan.

    Fron what I understand, Australian Kmarts are much nicer than American Kmarts, but American Targets are trendier and hipper than Australian Targets.





    Eeek! Really, after seeing that, I think you'd much rather have a generic Home Depot or Lowe's. It saddens me to see Australian suburbs get development like tnat.

    In larger cities at least, regular hardware stores are still doing quite well in the face of their big box competition. It's easier and faster to get what you need at a small hardware store, they often carry items that the big box stores won't stock, they have a mich larger percentage of items made in the US, and the quality of thier goods is often higher.

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    Home Depot and Lowe's will grow to rue the day that they started leaning towards diversified crap like KMart. Started off as a hardware store and then got sidetracked into stuff.

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    The Bunning's thing came to a head when ome bright spark down at the Immigraion Department approved a citizenship ceremony on Anzac Day in a Bunnings carpark. Those nice folks at Bunnings even threw in a free sausage sizzle....


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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    In larger cities at least, regular hardware stores are still doing quite well in the face of their big box competition. It's easier and faster to get what you need at a small hardware store, they often carry items that the big box stores won't stock, they have a mich larger percentage of items made in the US, and the quality of thier goods is often higher.
    They do OK in small towns, too. I may go to Lowe's for big-ticket stuff like lighting fixtures, which my local hardware doesn't carry... but for nails, plumbing parts, keys, etc I hit the little place where I can find a clerk and get knowledgeable information. One reason I don't go to Home Depot: you can never, ever, ever, get anyone to help you.

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    hahaha

    Bunning Warehouse is the closest thing we have to a Walmart.

    We of course have llots of big box supermarkets and discount department stores in Australia.

    - Coles
    - Woolworths
    - Kmart
    - Target
    - Big W
    - Bunnings Warehouse
    Great mindless think alike.

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    Oh and we just got ourselves an Aldi! Cheap Groceries for all! Tickertape in the Streets! Joyfulness and Laughter!

    Do Coles and Woolies ever locate in a big-box type situation? I've only seen them as mall anchors.

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    Quote Originally posted by chukky
    We really should... as penance for inflicting Westfield Shoppingtowns on the rest of the world.

    I've been to the Westfield Shoppingtowns in Toledo and Chicago, and dispite the rather obnoxious branding of the malls by combining the generic with traditional names, I found them to be very nicely run in comparison to some of the Simon malls I've seen.

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