Kmart – If you want to stand in awe at how a store can have such overpriced merchandise, be in such bad condition, and be devoid of customers FOR YEARS, and still be open for business, shop here. It's worth going just for the entertainment factor. If you really want to do something WILD, write a personal check for your purchases. Pay with plastic and you have to answer a survey on a half-broken touch screen to complete the sale. Guess what the answers will be to a maddening forced survey. Bad as hell! :p Sometimes I shop there just for the museum-like experience and to say that I lived to tell about it.
Macy's – I can never find anything interesting in there. Try to use a coupon, and the exclusions are longer than a credit card user agreement. Chances of your coupon working, well, go win the lottery.
Walmart – no way you come and go with your dignity intact. The receipt inspection at the exit door is the final butt gig. The Walmart on the bad side of town is totally frightening. Surviving the checkout line is a brush with death.
Discount Tire – another dignity-stripping tire buying experience that saves just a few $$.
Best Buy – totally Amazon's showroom. Go there to look, then go home and order it from Amazon. Twice Best Buy has sold me used merchandise repackaged as new. It's OK to look, but really, don't buy it there. They also do the Walmart-buttgig receipt check. I got them back by returning a TV after the owner died. Don't ask. It was creepy but made me feel better. :devil:
Chick-fil-A – In a more serious vein, I can certainly tolerate and patronize a business with a religious founder and that is closed on Sunday as a result. In fact, I wish more places were closed on Sunday. I enjoy what it does to the pacing of the week. I was OK with the known qualities of the founder and the resulting moderate practices of the business. Closed on Sunday, and a poster on the wall mentioning the core principals of the business, all this is OK, especially since the product is so good. Then there was mission creep. I started to view the political influence and contributions of the business as hostile, then rather low-quality annoying religious music always playing in the lobby, then finally, multiple "God bless yous" coming across the counter and through the drive-thru speaker. It must have been a corporate directive. My comfort level has been exceeded, so I no longer go there.
Final honorable mention – some franchises that are owned by elderly retiree couples. They hate you for walking through the door because they were suckered by the parent company and every customer is now costing them money but they don't yet have the courage to close. It's not a question of if their entire retirement savings will evaporate, but how long it will take. It will never be a good customer experience in there. Obama, liberals, and/or homosexuality will somehow be to blame.
Shop at Target. Maybe the prices aren't rock bottom, but they're close, and it's nice in there.