Discounted Habits

The national hail storm that Wal-mart ensures every time they select a location to build the next super center seems at time legendary.  The American people, which at times can’t agree on anything, can band together to in one direction to stand against Wal-mart and their invasion of a community.  Like discussed today in class, the citizens of Inglewood came together to repel Wal-marts attempt to enter the community.  Is this constant battle against Wal-mart really fair?  Do people really hate Wal-mart enough to disapprove the building of Wal-marts and Wal-mart Super Centers in communities across the United States?  This appears to be a very gray area.

Wal-mart has become the face of corporate evil.  A massive empire that is continually spreading from community to community across the United States, responsible for a numerous “mom and pop” shop murders.  With a criminal record like this, why do people still go and shop there?  It would appear that people’s ability to save a few dollars here and a few dollars there is more than enough of an incentive for people to easily forget the dark background of Wal-mart.  People constantly shop at Wal-mart supporting the number one suspect in the destruction of countless communities.  A good example of people’s zombie like support of Wal-mart would be any Wal-mart on black Friday, where numerous people wait in lines, sometimes for days, just to get a chance to purchase the latest and greatest Christmas gift.  In some sad instances, people get caught in the hectic human stampede and are trampled to death.  With a demand like this, why would Wal-mart change anything?

It seems that every time Wal-mart is able to battle through the community resentment and finally finish a Wal-mart people flock to this location for every type of good.  How many of those people who originally opposed Wal-mart are now shopping at them finding the best prices in the area?  It would be interesting to see how many people who do not like Wal-mart still shop there, supporting the empire that invaded their community.  People seem to flock to Wal-mart Super Centers because it is a one stomp shop for everything that a person could need.  People can find food, electronics, craft supplies, clothes, sports equipment, and automobile services.  All of this and hair cuts, what else could people ask for?

If people were really serious about being opposed to Wal-mart then wouldn’t the reasonable thing be to not shop there any more?  Find a substitute business for Wal-mart and shop there?

Even Family Guy has an opinion about Walmart…

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7 Responses to Discounted Habits

  1. eeewald says:

    It just goes to show you what people’s priorities are. We need to take of ourselves first and if that means saving money by shopping at Wal-Mart then that’s we’ll do. For as much as people like to condemn Wal-Mart and call it evil, the thought of being able to find everything you need and more in one place for the cheapest price is too enticing to pass up. It’s unfortunate who Wal-Mart treats its workers but does that actually cross your mind when it comes time to resupply on all your everyday items? It doesn’t for me.

  2. meganm423 says:

    I agree that people are quick to judge Wal-Mart and then once there’s a Wal-Mart built people flock to it. Personally, I rarely shop at Wal-Mart other than when I’m at school because I think it’s just overwhelming. I see how it poses a problem to smaller mom and pop shops but if people are actually opposed then stick with it. This is why Wal-Mart is as big as it is. No one has the will power to stick with the fight.

  3. Jordi says:

    Josh, you area whiz of multimedia! Where did the cartoon come from? You can hyperlink an image in the edit post comment.

  4. Jordi says:

    “The national hail storm that Wal-mart ensures every time they select a location to build the next super center seems at time legendary.” I’m not sure what this means. What is legendary? Do you mean every new store is a legendary fight?

  5. Jordi says:

    Uh, what is Family Guy man’s opinion on Wal-Mart?

  6. Jordi says:

    Your best point is this: do people shop there and dislike or resent it? Why don’t they vote with their feet and pocketbooks? Many times, one shops through habit as much as “rational decision-making.” Your title suggests you were going to address that idea. I wonder if you can out more about your question in academic research?

  7. Jordi says:

    Ok, I am WM crazy. Another little back and forth here from Business Week, you know, that communist rag (ha!) about Wal-MArt and its management style. The debate is whether it is bullying employees and communities.

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