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socio-enonomic proclamation from Adrian

Filed under: — adrian @ 8:53 pm

If can afford to do otherwise (i.e. you know where you next few meals are coming from), you should not shop at Walmart.

9 Responses to “socio-enonomic proclamation from Adrian”

  1. Wet Willy Says:

    If are drunk you shouldn’t write in you blog.

  2. Adrian Says:

    Name one good thing for any party involved (except Walmart) that comes out of shopping at Walmart.

  3. Alex Says:

    Just to play devil’s advocate for a moment, how is Wal-Mart worse than other stores such as K-Mart or TJ Maxx?

  4. Dolphio Says:

    Name one good thing for any party involved (except Walmart) that comes out of shopping at Walmart.

    Uhh, getting things at rock bottom prices?

  5. dave Says:

    DVDs are cheap as hell at wal-mart, as is food. Those two things in no way are compromised by the low prices.

    NOTE: I DO hate wal-mart, but there are selective things that are worth buying there.

  6. Adrian Says:

    Re: comparing Walmart to K-Mart or TJ Maxx. Well, Alex, as you have previously said Walmart sits at the top of the Fortune 500 with an amazing lead. All the major American oil companies together have about as much revenue. (At least this was the case in 2003; it appears things may be different now.) Liberal hippie weenies know the value of mom and pop stores and the little guy, of course, so there’s no need to convince them that Walmart isn’t so good. On the other end, capitalists should realize the benefit of competition and should shop elsewhere to ensure competition in the future. Even my dad, King of Capitalists, has advocated that principle; going with the lowest price isn’t always the best choice for competition.

    Additionally, while TJ Maxx and K-Mart probably aren’t saints, Walmart seems to entirely lack ethical business practices. I’m sure you can read all about those on the web if you’d like.

    Re: rock bottom prices. This is true. However, the quality of the product is often pretty bad. You get what you pay for. Walmart has the power to control prices from their suppliers. Huffy used to be a decent bike brand. Now their quality is basically horrible because they have to stick to the low prices that Walmart sets. One year half the bikes sold as Huffy were actually made by four of their competitors which Huffy gave the design to because they couldn’t fulfil the demand from Walmart. How do you do quality control when your competitors are making your bikes? How can you have quality control when five different places are making your bikes?

    Some people really can’t afford anything else and I’m not going to fault them for going to Walmart.

  7. andy (not andyl) Says:

    I’ve avoided this, since it’s so clearly inflammatory, but I saw this article today, which pretty much makes Adrian’s point for him.

    Not exactly the kind of place I’d like to give my hard-earned dollars to.

  8. Milkshake Says:

    With every discounted item you buy at Wal-Mart you are contributing to low wages, urban sprawl, child labor, lack of health care and about a million other problems. As Wal-Mart keeps “rolling back” the prices our world is having to pay a very high price.

    I think the reason 1 out of every 3 Americans buys something at Wal-Mart EVERY WEEK is that they are ignorant of the consequences of doing so. Also many need it to get by. But – if you “hate Wal-Mart” yet still feel there are things “worth” buying there I ask worth it to whom? Sure you will save a few bucks but you should consider the effect your actions have on the rest of the world.

  9. dave Says:

    you’re right. now i feel like a jackass…

    /sits in the corner

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