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Has anyone else heard that Wal Mart is not carrying lighted village houses or accessories this year? I've been to several Wal Mart's in the past few days after they have set their holiday departments and found no lighted houses or accessories of any type. I was hoping to get the 2010 lighted Wal Mart when it was first available but I'm hearing that apparently there isn't one. Anyone have any idea what's up with that?

By the way I did snag a 2010 lighted Home Depot there last week. Are there any other lighted businesses this year? Does anyone know if there is a 2010 Ace Hardware?

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Walmart will not be carrying any villages this year, and the same for lowes carrying the aminated villages,

(ferriswheel, swings, train, zinger) this year, Since walmart bought 40% of lowes (Stock / Stores) their cutting back there line up on all christmas. Also we see theres not many incandescent lights left to buy on the shelves anymore, because On 12/19/2007 president bush had congress to ban all incandescent light(s) for a new energy law, starting on 1/1/2012

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Not that it really matters, but Walmart does not own Lowes, or any part of it. Check Snopes for some posts as to where it got started. The reason the big box stores have less Christmas decor is that they got stuck with so many markdowns on the leftover stuff the past few years that they finally cut back. It'll probably be this way until the economy turns around unless they get a LOT of customer complaints.

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Has anyone else heard that Wal Mart is not carrying lighted village houses or accessories this year? I've been to several Wal Mart's in the past few days after they have set their holiday departments and found no lighted houses or accessories of any type. I was hoping to get the 2010 lighted Wal Mart when it was first available but I'm hearing that apparently there isn't one. Anyone have any idea what's up with that?

By the way I did snag a 2010 lighted Home Depot there last week. Are there any other lighted businesses this year? Does anyone know if there is a 2010 Ace Hardware?

My Lowes in California had a lot of lighted Villages this year, and still do.

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Out here Wal-Mart Canada is also still carrying lots of the village pieces and last time I was at my Local one they did have a "Wal-Mart" house. Not sure if it is different from other years or not as I have never seen one before this year.

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This info didn't come from snopes. This information was verified thru a person at a corporate office at a walmart distribution center in Midway,TN

And as far as the economy goes, you need to do your homework and look at Gatt, WTO, Trilateral Commission.

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