I don’t kile shopping there. The store makes me uncomfortable, and I have trouble finding stuff there. But I would never jump on the anti-Walmart bandwagon. I think it is a sign of a very bad thing. There is an undercurrent of communism starting to gather in America. You can see it in the media, and the activists. Nothing drives some people to protest quicker than the groundbreaking of a new Walmart. It is sad. They line up down the block to protest it.
Once they are built, the media takes up the protest. This is from a Fastcompany.com
The giant retailer’s low prices often come with a high cost. Wal-Mart’s relentless pressure can crush the companies it does business with and force them to send jobs overseas. Are we shopping our way straight to the unemployment line?
That is the attitude of the media now. They don’t mention that Walmart provides products at prices people can afford. The media loves to run stories on how hard it is for some people to make ends meet. Walmart helps them do that.
The article goes on:
A gallon-sized jar of whole pickles is something to behold. The jar is the size of a small aquarium. The fat green pickles, floating in swampy juice, look reptilian, their shapes exaggerated by the glass. It weighs 12 pounds, too big to carry with one hand. The gallon jar of pickles is a display of abundance and excess; it is entrancing, and also vaguely unsettling. This is the product that Wal-Mart fell in love with: Vlasic’s gallon jar of pickles.
Wal-Mart priced it at $2.97–a year’s supply of pickles for less than $3! “They were using it as a ‘statement’ item,” says Pat Hunn, who calls himself the “mad scientist” of Vlasic’s gallon jar. “Wal-Mart was putting it before consumers, saying, This represents what Wal-Mart’s about. You can buy a stinkin’ gallon of pickles for $2.97. And it’s the nation’s number-one brand.”
Therein lies the basic conundrum of doing business with the world’s largest retailer. By selling a gallon of kosher dills for less than most grocers sell a quart, Wal-Mart may have provided a ser-vice for its customers. But what did it do for Vlasic? The pickle maker had spent decades convincing customers that they should pay a premium for its brand. Now Wal-Mart was practically giving them away. And the fevered buying spree that resulted distorted every aspect of Vlasic’s operations, from farm field to factory to financial statement.
If you were a manufacturer, would you argue about selling more of your product? When you concume, do you walk right up to the most expensive product? No, you look around a litle first, maybe you get the expensive one, maybe not. But what is wrong with a store giving you options?
Well, its a big deal to these nuts. If people like this care so much about people, why don’t they go help those people. If they put half the effort they expel towards actually helping people in need, none of this would be an issue. I even know where you can get stuff, cheap.
If you do a web search, you will quickly see the hatred and what I call the undercurrent of communism. Here is another example from Indy Weekly:
Wal-Mart is now the world’s biggest corporation, having passed ExxonMobil for the top slot. It hauls off a stunning $220 billion a year from We the People (more in revenues than the entire GDP of Israel and Ireland combined).
Wal-Mart cultivates an aw-shucks, we’re-just-folks-from-Arkansas image of neighborly small-town shopkeepers trying to sell stuff cheaply to you and yours. Behind its soft homespun ads, however, is what one union leader calls “this devouring beast” of a corporation that ruthlessly stomps on workers, neighborhoods, competitors and suppliers.
What’s wrong with that? The unions do more stepping on toes than any one. Who the hell is always striking? UNIONS! So when a company comes along and dares not bow to union wishes, the hounds of the media are released. Like this PBS piece.
I just checked out the union’s website. They have a their own litle anti-Walmart section, complete with Flash intros and video. Its the kinda of stuff you’d expect, poor workers and lawsuits, that is all that unions actually do right? That seems to be the only stuyff they ever talk about.
I chalenge all you anti-Walmart people to something. Go to a Walmart, walk in the door, and return the big smile and welcome you are going to get from that person who is usually chalenged physically or mentally. You don’t see that very many places. Walmart, the largest corporation in the world, employs handicapped people, huh? Then go buy a pack of gum. After the cashier helps you, you can leave. But on your way out, return that big smile to the other person at the door who is, again, chalenged as they wish you a good day. Did your experience change you? Have you realized that you didn’t drop dead yet? Are you trembling in fear that your fellow commis will tease you? Well you just helped 3 people who wouldn’t be employed if it weren’t for Walmart make it in America. It is just that simple.
So the next time you head off to protest Walmart or another “Evil Corporation” think of your experience at Walmart. And when you and your fellow ‘nothing-else-to-do-but-protest’ friends are deep into your second round of the 60′s inspired chant, remember those smiling faces you saw on your litle covert op. And then think about what would happen if you got your way and Walmart was gone. Those 3 people you met there, would be unemployed. Is your union going to help them? Maybe the union can lend the 3 folks you just made unemployed their lawyers for a day and they can sue the designer pants off you.