Are there any good reasons left to support WalMart other than their supposed 'low cost'?
Other than low cost, I never did know a reason to support them. Stores are crowded, with too small aisles and service non-existent. But prices are low.
When you shop there is it a choice or because it's cheap? With all the hurt they've put on the rest of the retail industry wouldn't it make sense to spend a few bucks somewhere else to help spur the economy rather than buy from a Corporation that buys 70% or more of it's goods from China?
They are also available in rural locations where there are not many other stores available.
Aya has a great point. In my small town of Bishop, California, the only 'big box' store is K-Mart. Walmart would be welcomed competition. Unfortunate but true.
Low prices were and still are the only possible reason to support Walmart. I boycotted them for years based on their employment practices and putting mom and pop businesses under (big box store mentality is just ... wrong).
In this economy, I've been waffling on my principles, however.
I have been Anti-WalMart for a while but have been getting grieve from some hubbers about by hubs on WalMart so I figured I'd hunt down some other opinions, I guess to find out where I stand in the majority or minority opinions on the retail giant.
Walmart seems to be a place people love to hate. Their last yearly sales figures were over $405 billion.
That is a lot of love.
The thing is around the late 70's early 80's there was a slogan to "Buy American". That didn't happen as you probably already know.
Whether anyone likes Walmart or not, many people support Walmart and there is not one other single company that even comes close. I believe they have more sales than the combined 2nd 3rd and 4th retailers combined.
Whether it is Walmart or buying from other countries people buy based on price. It is the way it is and Walmart will grow and people will support it. People will also complain heavily when they leave.
I am not saying this to be sarcastic but people buy on price.
the only thing I do at Walmart is get my oil changed. they do a thorough job at a decent price. But I don't shop there. I can't stand walking through the store, it's depressing.
I think their customer service is embarrassing and some of the customers are just very rude human beings who look like aliens.
I shop at local places where I've shopped for years. The prices are generally competitive and the customer service is friendly.
Everytime you shop at walmart, you put a local mom and pop business at risk and hurt the overall economy since walmart brings in low cost products from china and the like and then you force your own wage down as well. If everybody shopped local, then you would have a self supporting economy. Shopping walmart is a race to the lowest common denominator.
I have not set foot in a Wal-Mart for years. I find the people that both work there and shop there are,,,, not to my taste.
Same goes for fast food joints, have not seen the inside of one for years, unless you count Dunkin Doughnuts.
I shop at Target and online, plus the malls.
Like them or hate them, if WalMart went under, the economy would take another huge hit. In addition to WalMart's own employees, each and every manufacturer that sells to them has entire teams, and sometimes entire departments or subsidiaries, dedicated to servicing the WalMart account. That's thousands and thousands of manufacturers that would not only be laying people off, but they would take a big hit to their bottom line. When they're in trouble, prices go up.
I'm not saying I believe in "big box" stores, but the fact is that we let them into our marketplace and now we have to live with them.
That is partially true, more so years ago, Walmart now gets over 70% of the products it sells from China who is on the verge of surpassing us as 'Superpower" and their currency is near to overtaking ours as world's standard currency. WalMart is trouble for the globe not just America.
Here is my pathetic Walmart story.
A few years ago I went on my first (and probably last) cruise, to Mexico.
When the shipped pulled into the dock at Puerta Vallerta, there was a giant Walmart right across the street.
A HUGE number of the passengers headed straight for the Walmart.
I mean, for goodness' sake. You're on a cruise. Your wants and needs are well taken care of.
You are visiting a foreign country where there is plenty see and do.
And you go sightseeing at WALMART? Sad. Very, very sad.
One promising aspect of Walmart, if their consumers allow, is that in the documentary Food Inc. the people who buy products for Walmart, promised that if you would write to them asking them to buy American and purchase from local growers they would do it.
It was their promise. There is a thing called "consumer voting", so aside from all the stigma over the Walmart controversies, it really is up to the shoppers to make it work in favor of American interest.
This means you will have to write to your local walmart or whomever is in charge of buying the products for their stores and request that they do so and you have to buy those things.
Until the consumer can be more aware of what they are buying and make it known what is important to them concerning our country and the quality of goods we purchase, mom and pop will continue to go out of business and they will keep purchasing from foreign countries otherwise they will go out of business too.
The only problem with that is because of WalMart's size and buying power they would then manipulate the agricultural economy and food prices,etc as they've been able to do with the retail sector!
The consumer needs to spread the wealth for a true free market to function properly and for capitalism to work without 'corporatism'.
Great idea, Sandra.
One minor problem. I don't think Walmart customers can write.
I go there not to shop, but to 'be seen'.
Call me superficial
WalMart's like television - everybody talks about how they hate it and have no use for it; but sooner or later, a whole lot of people find themselves using it, at least occasionally.
Well I came to the USA for Walmart ,because New Zealand wouldnt let them in there just kidding...though its true ,as I type they are still not there . K-Mart is though . I suspect marketing ploys being what they, have something to do with that!
From an moral point perspective ,I do see other points of view, ie buying non-American products etc, but that would also apply to several other chains as well ( All Of which I am guilty of frequenting and enjoying )
It is the same in other countries too, they (companies) promote the "Buy 'insert country of origin' made" theme, but the reality is ,money talks, and if youre a family of 4 on a limited income, we all know what that dollar will be saying. Buy me Im cheaper.
Also ,is it true Walmart no longer offers Layaway?
I noticed a cause advertising on Facebook to bring Layaway back to Walmart, just wondered
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