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   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  I don't know how my friends here on the Connection feel about Walmart but I love it---especially since we have one in a delightful little village just over the State line. The store is vermin free (in more ways than one ) and the help are just that---helpful in every way!

So, what am I doing here on the "Pet Peeves" wall?

Evidently, the powers that be for Walmart are engaging in a little bit of bait and switch which I did not appreciate today!

Rows and rows of merchandise were lined up in various parts of the store. A huge sign was posted above each of these aisles labeled CLEARANCE. As I viewed the items from row to row, I noticed several I had purchased at a prior visit to this same store and the price of the item was exactly the same. Now, that's strange, I thought. Why are they here on the clearance shelves? Doesn't 'clearance' carry the connotation of 'marked down'?

Yes it does---unless you are in Walmart's!! They have taken the low road and opted for the exact meaning of 'clearance'. That is, stuff they want to clear out of the store! And that does not mean any discount on the original price!

Be aware, people. If one or two of the article are marked down, it will clearly be shown. If not, you won't find out until check-out...or worse, when you get home!

PS I pointed this out to one of the lovely office people and DID receive a 10% discount on an item I was buying---for my 'inconvenience'.
April 10 at 19:17 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  A little story here: I was green as grass, about 19 and had a job in the house-ware dept of a high end dept. store, Fowlers. We had pressure cookers on the shelf for 19.99, they put an ad out for these advertised for 29.95 on sale for 19.95, I went upstairs to ad and said hey wait, we are only going 4 cents off, I was told sit down, shut up or lose your job. Blinkers off, no more Mayberry for me.
April 11 at 11:40 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Coffee Klatch  A HAPPY EASTER to all on the Connection! You people are the best!

Gerty and Family.
April 4 at 13:37 EST .

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   Gram77  Thanks, Gerty, and a Happy Easter to you! It's special this year. For the second time in all my many years, my birthday falls on Easter along with my grandson.
April 4 at 17:07 EST .

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   Gerty  Oh, Gram--this is beautiful! We get to wish you a very Happy Birthday too!! The very best to you and your grandson.
April 4 at 20:33 EST .

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   Gram77  thanks!
April 5 at 08:48 EST .

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   Balogreene  Wow Gram, your birthday, and Jesus' rebirth, what a great day!
April 5 at 22:39 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Coffee Klatch  Hesitate to take Miss EC's entry off first on the wall, but I really need to know:

How can you tell if you are being overcharged at the Dentist? Evidently, it is unprofessional to post fees. For that matter, how do you know that you really need the work?

Sounds like I've been bitten by the paranoia bug, but, it's more likely my wallet has been bitten!!
March 28 at 11:04 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Don't get me started ! I had a dentist for close to 15 yrs that gave me a 'workup' estimate for $23,000 to re do my 4 front teeth.
I went to my sister in laws dentist and the bill is 5,300 plus this guy found some cancer cells under DH's tongue, caught that in time. 'Course Sharon's DH had just retired and they bought a new boat, and I wasn't even invited for a trip !!!! I have wondered how many dupes paid for that boat.
March 28 at 13:10 EST .

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   Gram77  There is not enough time or space to speak of my dental history, however, I was treated well and the cost for what needed to be done was in line compared to what I hear people paying in other areas here in florida. Basically: Root canals are approximately $1200.00. Where I live if you able to pay cash they knock off $150.00. Crowns are 8/900.00 and extractions are $300.00. I am in the Bradenton/Sarasota, FL area and charges remain the same, however, I have a friend in the Cleveland area that had 2 root canals done and paid nearly $4,000.00. These charges here can be questioned at the Board that takes complaints about all dentists in the areas. Hubby and I tell everyone we could travel about the world 10 times with the money that has been put into my mouth. If you really want to talk money, I inquired into implants. One tooth is 6,000.00, just a plain old bridge is 3,000.00 And unfortunately I am not aware of any good dental insurance.
March 28 at 18:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  Gram: check out this informational website for Florida:
March 31 at 08:23 EST .

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   Gerty  Thank you Miss EC and Gram---I thought something was wrong. Now, what to do about it.
March 31 at 14:32 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  I don't know if I will ever learn my lesson ~but~ buying on line is such a convenience!

I also don't know if I should mention names, so I won't. Suffice it to say, buying from a company who is in China and deals ONLY from China is not a good idea. They have you over a barrel. Trying to return an item--no matter how good the reason--is an expensive lesson in futility!

Evidently, they have a different idea of what is 'truth in advertising'. They also seem to have a totally different sizing system, perhaps more suited to the Asian stature. Finally, this particular company (widely advertised throughout the internet and facebook ) has adopted the lowest methods of treating consumers from their American counterparts!
Summary: I finally got a refund through Paypal but it took two and a half months and $55 (the cost of returning the item to CHINA ). Don't care! Learned an expensive lesson. Will not ever buy anything directly from China again.
March 25 at 14:06 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Well Miss Gerty it is not just China ! I have been buying from Puritan Pride vitamins for years and yesterday received an email for a $15. credit automatically applied to my order. I use their website for research and specials and placed my order for $175., when the receipt printed there was no credit, so I called, Jennifer said call back in 30 minutes, the order hasn't processed, so I waited, called back and was on hold for over 10 minutes. I called again, this time for 'place an order' instead of customer service, well they transferred me for another wait, finally they said they would give me 5% off the next order, my response THERE WON'T BE A NEXT ORDER AND CANCEL THIS ONE
March 26 at 18:30 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I used Puritan instead of my favorite Life Extention Foundation for the price, but I guess you get what you pay for. They aren't cheap even with the membership discount, but I know where they live in Maitland and Fort Lauderdale and trust them, so I will pay the higher price for the quality and customer service.
March 27 at 16:40 EST .

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   RedWhiteBlue  I've baught a couple of things fromebay and amazon...and not realizing that it's being shipped from china. That fact sometimes is not obvious. Well, after waiting 2-3 MONTHS to receive them....I clearly forgot I ordered these things....and they are ever junkier than the junk we get here!!! I do wish that there was a way that these websites would WARN shoppers that the junk is literally coming on a slow boat from china. since then i really am critically nosy about where these products are coming from. It would be nice if they all had a place that we can PERMANENTLY mark off stuff from china so that we don't make that mistake again.
April 5 at 11:46 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Coffee Klatch  And a Happy Birthday to Hikergal!
March 23 at 05:36 EST .

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   Balogreene  Am I crazy, or have I not seen much of Hikergal lately?
March 23 at 20:14 EST .

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   Gerty  I get to "see" her on facebook, Miss B.
March 24 at 15:42 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Main Page The Lobby  Happy Pi Day everyone!! 31415....

It is interesting to note that this particular configuration of that irrational number will NOT occur for another century.
March 14 at 06:05 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Good news from the Mid-Hudson Valley of NYS: there were signs of serious snow-melting today! PTL! Now I can start thinking about what to plant!
March 11 at 19:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  I love that. Here in Northern VA (NOVA ), it melted away today.Yesterday, we had to take mom to get some skin cancer cells off her face. My sister shoveled the ice away so mom could get into the car. Finally, today, it was 90% gone when I left for work. When I came home it was melted.
March 11 at 22:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  We here in SE New England even with the thaw have 2'+ snow still covering lawns & gardens. The early bulbs that usually appear about now are in jeopardy I fear. With the water table so high, it doesn't look good for early plantings. On the plus side, no more dangerous icicles, the gutters held, no water seepage from the roof & we never lost power - all blessings.
March 13 at 07:54 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Snow is all gone here, hooray!!
I worked on a raised bed, getting the soil all sifted, weeds out and today I need to add some Black Kow and level the soil. I wanted to plant peas, but our night time temps for this week are going to be lower than I thought and the peas are not coated with fungicide. Dilemma. I guess I will just cover the bed so the chickens don't re arrange it for me. I saw that my chives are coming back, I had to cover them with sticks to keep the chickens out, they seem to like them.
March 16 at 10:07 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Pet Peeves  My peeve du jour is one with the supermarket chain store I frequent.

Who determines the time to give you a coupon for an item is just after you bought and paid for it?

I wanna know. Now.
March 7 at 14:29 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Can you sign up for their ads via email ? I get the Publix ads, Wed midnight for Thurs Shopping. I don't print out the ads since it uses so much ink, but can grab their flyer walking in the door, since I have listed what I want. Everything seems to be an 'angle' nowadays.
March 10 at 13:54 EST .

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   Gerty  Hi, Miss EC! Evidently, I didn't explain the situation sufficiently. I'm talking about this: I bring my cart to the check-out. All the items are scanned and I pay the bill. The checker person then hands me the register receipt AND a coupon for one or more of the items I just bought and paid for.
It is sooooo annoying!
March 13 at 18:41 EST .

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   Bettijo  The computerized cash register notes that you bought a certain item. When your receipt is printed out, the computer generates a coupon for the type item you just purchased. The coupon is probably for a competitor's product. Save it for the next time you shop there.

I met the father of one of my grandchildren when he came to pick up his child. He spent an hour telling me how his company determines what shoppers buy by your "loyalty card" and other ways. From this information they advise their client companies on which shelves to display their products and much more. It was fascinating, but it just goes to show you how we are being tracked. The coupon you received is another example of this.
March 28 at 20:05 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  This comes under the heading of "Critters"--black house ants to be specific.

There is something amiss with the critters who have been invading my house recently. These ants seem to have a bit more cognitive ability than I recall ants having. I mean, who ever thinks of ants doing battle with a human? Well, I never have. And who ever heard of ants jumping?? What's that all about?
I guess I've been house-bound too long from all this snow in NYS. Why else would I even consider talking about ants?
March 2 at 16:56 EST .

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   RedWhiteBlue  I never knew ants could jump!
March 2 at 22:05 EST .

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   Gerty posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Just heard from a friend who noticed some interest in garden rocks on this wall some time ago. He was nice enough to volunteer the following information for those of you who may still be interested.

"There is an interesting type of rock called "Feather-stone", which looks quite natural, but
only weighs ounces compared to real stone. It can be mortared if you wish walls, but is
mostly used as accent pieces in flower beds. It is often used in conjunction with "lava rock"
to offer more than one texture. Lava rock is not so easily used, as it is quite sharp.

Just thought some of the bloggers might like to know about this."
February 28 at 20:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  We used lava rock, bean sized, as mulch in our flower beds in Colorado. It was very light weight, hauled a ton of it by myself. It kept the weeds out and held water. Isn't Feather-Stone what they use on building fronts? Will look it up.
March 3 at 11:08 EST .

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