The movie portion of the trip completed, it’s time for Walmart!
As I said in part 1, Walmart has nearly everything I am looking for.
Actually that isn’t true.
Walmart has everything YOU are looking for… As long as you are the size of a typical Changchun resident… And you don’t perspire.
Deodorant isn’t a thing in China. Chinese people don’t perspire nearly as much as a typical American. And even when they do, there is no rush to cover yourself in Axe Body Spray.
Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t. It simply isn’t available. Our local Walmart had roughly 90 different choices for power strips and extension cords. And it has literally hundreds of options for condoms. But on my last trip I counted a total of 3 containers of deodorant. Not three brands. Three containers. Two of one. One of another. That was it. Buried on a shelf with face cream.
If you’re looking for shoes?
Well I hope you don’t wear anything bigger than a size 9…
Because that’s as big as Walmart’s chart goes. And as big as their stock goes as well.
Condoms, on the other hand?
Yeah… Walmart has GOT some condoms.
This was a display next to the razor blades.
I love that the Valentine’s packs are still on sale. And that lube package in the upper left with the “slippery floor” guy on it.
Wandering around looking for deodorant, I wind up next to this sign…
I know this is supposed to be a tender photo of mother and child… But all I see is the mascara and lipstick on that baby. And the super creepy vibe of the pic. It looks like the mother is whispering demonic incantations into the child’s ear.
Sorry, dunno what happened there.
After not finding deodorant (but successfully finding lots of other stuff), we head to check out. And what do we find in the checkout lane?
You guessed it! More condoms!
Prices seem to be consistently in the 4-6RMB range per condom, which is expensive, relatively speaking. A three-pack of condoms shouldn’t cost as much as a healthy dinner in a restaurant. My wife and I had dinner in a dumpling restaurant last night that was 26 RMB for both of us including a beverage and appetizer. That shouldn’t be the same price as 5 condoms…
As we were checking out, I noticed this sign:
If you spend at least 188 RMB at Walmart (roughly $29) they will deliver your purchases to your home for you.
We have actually had a Walmart delivery, though it wasn’t for a small purchase. We bought a dorm-size fridge and delivery was included in the cost. Scheduling took some hoop jumping, but the delivery man carried the fridge on his back, up three flights of stairs, and only asked for a $1 US bill for his grandson as a tip.
For those of us trying to make it without a car, it’s nice to know that delivery is an option in case we want to buy something that wouldn’t readily fit in a taxi (or a Di Di Da Che car).
Behind that sign is another one.
Walmart now has 400 stores in China…
And it has 5600 somethings… large number… something something… dark side…
(I think that actually has something to do with volunteer hours in the community but that is purely a guess).