It is a sunny, humid summer. It is now hot.
Muncie is quite cloudy and dry this week, and we are ready to go out and have fun in the sunny weekend! We went to Walmart here in Muncie, Indiana, before running to AMC Movie Theater to watch Transformer 3!
Walmart is a superstore retail here in U.S. It is just like Giant, Hypermart, LotteMart, or Carrefour in Indonesia. Yet it is much bigger and selling everything in low prices; $3 for a t-shirt, $5 for DVD, $8 for Harry Potter #7. There are several things I learn here from this superstore, a glimpse of American people culture:
- It sells everything. From swimsuit to bible, frozen pork to bicycle, laptop to painting, even credit card! Thanks God, I found microwaveable instant noodles too! Feels like home.
- Everything is sold in family pack or giant package. Soda is sold in a box. Pet’s food is in a sack. Listerine and Vaseline is in a liter bottle. When they shop, they buy it two or three trolleys. And the trolley itself is huge. I think their food stock can actually feed an Asian family for three months.
- Most product are packed, canned, refrigerated, frozen, or microwave-ready. Yea, it is also like traditional market in Indonesia. Have you ever watched Rachel Ray cooking in one of her show. She used canned beans, bottled barbecue sauce, frozen meat, and a few fresh veggie to make a steak. Well, I saw it now barely.
- Most products are imported. It is quite to find a genuine USA products for souvenir back to your country. A t-shirt with American flag printed on it are made in Honduras. The rest are from El-Salvador, Mexico, Canada, mostly China, Vietnam, and even from Indonesia! Hahaha..U.S. is the largest importer in the world, baby, I remind myself. But, they also love national products, and they are proud of it. A campaign “Buy USA Product” is also there.
- If you want to buy clothes and put it in the trolley, the counter might asked you whether you want to take the hanger as well. If you need one, you can take it. 😀