Don’t Shop at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart is generally accepted as an evil company.  Destroying this empire will bring nothing but good things for everyone involved.  Competitors, suppliers, local communities, Wal-Mart employees and taxpayers in general lose out thanks to Wal-Mart’s business practices.  An outright boycott of the mega-store would be the best way to improve the outlook of all of these stakeholders.

Thanks to Wal-Mart’s super low everyday prices, both competitors and suppliers of Wal-Mart are forced to settle for razor-thin profit margins.  Once Wal-Mart is out of the picture, traditional retailers will be free to operate under the more comfortable margins of the past and not have to constantly worry about cutting every cost down to the absolute minimum.  The same would hold true for Wal-Mart’s suppliers.  Since the company is so massive, suppliers have no choice but to sell to Wal-Mart at their extremely low prices.

Wal-Mart’s employees also fall victim to their super low prices.  They have to settle for low wages and no benefits in order to have a job with the company.  And since Wal-Mart has a habit of running local small businesses out of business, employees do not have many opportunities to find stable employment elsewhere.  Additionally, since Wal-Mart refuses to allow its employees to unionize, they have very little power to attempt to force higher wages and decent benefits out of the company.

In addition to ruining small businesses, Wal-Mart places other problems upon local communities.  Since the company will not offer benefits to its employees and has a habit of hiring illegal workers, taxpayers often have to provide these benefits to Wal-Mart’s employees.  The very presence of Wal-Mart is also a problem.  Aesthetically, most people would prefer to see a shopping center full of small business that are run and staffed by your friends and neighbors rather than a giant warehouse and parking lot.

All of these issues could be fixed by the disappearance of Wal-Mart and the most efficient way to do this is to stop shopping there.

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5 Responses to Don’t Shop at Wal-Mart

  1. DIESEL says:

    Wal-Mart is a giant evil corporation. All corporations are evil.

    Great post! 🙂

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  3. Psilomelane says:

    Add Meijer, Target, and Best Buy to the list as well.

  4. mcrawford says:

    I feel that most people would agree that Wal-Mart is an evil corporation and as said in the comment above, all corporations are evil, with that said do we stop shopping at all corporations? I feel this solution is not attainable for our world given the large amount of corporations we live under. Instead I feel that we should try to find a solution that changes how corporations are run, introducing new laws that limit the control corporations have over so many aspects of our world.

  5. Jordi says:

    I’d like to say labor really try and organize its employees. It can’t outsource retail.

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