Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Keeping An Eye on WalMart

cartoon provided by PoliticalCartoons.com

No one has ever denied that you can get it for less at Walmart but as I mentioned in my 12/8 post to the older version of my Coffee Conversation blog, the American consumer is starting to realize that there are hidden costs behind those " every day low, low prices"?

As WalmartWatch.com points out, "Americans aren't buying the empty rhetoric coming from the store of smiling faces. They're ready for real reform and honest leadership"

Personally, I try my best to avoid shopping at Walmart and other megamarts that reap huge corporate profits by selling imported goods ofter made by exploited foreign labor, driving smaller businesses out of communities and pay their employees low-scale wages with few if any benefits.
Don't get me wrong, I need to save my pennies as much as, if not more than, the next person. But from what I can see everytime I save a few dollars on an item at a Walmart I'm hurting the American job market and manufacturing industry.

Like thousands of other Americans I've joined Wal-Mart Watch, a public education campaign to encourage Wal-Mart to become a better employer, neighbor, and corporate citizen.

Thank you for your help!

1 comment:

  1. I don't agree with you in boycotting Walmart.

    It certainly isn't good for competitors, however, business do compete even if it wasn't Walmart. Someday, it could be Walmart running out of business.

    I see employees of Walmart gets low-scale wages. However, it's the employees who chose to work there instead of working some place else. Walmart is offering the places to work for lots of people.

    Walmart is good for customers who want to buy goods at low price. Walmart is offering consumers a wide range of goods at low prices. If the qualities of products are not good because of low price, customers can just decide not to buy them.

    Whether Walmart is good or not, there will be people buying there if there are something they want and Walmart will be out of business if Walmart can't satisify customers anymore.


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