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Seven Reasons Wal-Mart Sucks




1)  Wal-Mart has run thousands of small-businesses OUT of business.  The process is frighteningly effective.  Wal-Mart seeks out medium sized towns and builds a store.  They’re able to charge lower prices than the family run shops in the area, who inevitably close up their business.  Often they end up working at Wal-Mart, which leads us to point number two:

2)  Wal-Mart treats employees notoriously badly.  They normally start out paying minimum wage and keep employees there for as long as possible.  Generally people don’t work at Wal-Mart if they have other options, and Wal-Mart knows this.  They can pay next to nothing and still keep their employees.

3) Their products are generally cheap and are always devoid of any sacramental value.  Yes, they sell inexpensive hardware.  But that hardware was produced in China by virtual slave-laborers.  Wal-Mart products enrich nobody but Wal-Mart, as opposed to somewhat pricier products made in the USA or other countries with reasonably compensated laborers.  Shopping elsewhere may cost you more.  But wherever you shop, you’re supporting the system that brought the goods to the store.  Do you want to support Wal-Mart’s system of exploitation?  More on that next.

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4) Wal-Mart exploits cheap international labor. According to this, workers in Bangladesh make as little as nine cents an hour producing goods for Wal-Mart. Why would they pay more? Than they’d have to charge more, which would mean they couldn’t undercut local businesses anymore!

5) Their customer service is a nightmare. God help you if you ever have to return something (which is likely)! You’ll wait hours because they generally have ONE working customer service agent despite having 15-20 cashiers checking people out. And don’t bother trying to find help over the internet or by phone! I once received a $50 Visa gift card purchased through Wal-Mart. For some reason it didn’t work– and it took literally three months of constant complaining and following up before it was replaced.

6) They have no regard for the environment, despite their ad campaign to the contrary. This article details some of their common abuses, including their pollution of local water supplies. Most of the crap they sell ends up in a landfill sooner or later, where it takes up space forever because Wal-Mart does not believe in biodegradable products!

7) The stores are ugly. The employees have bad attitudes– but who can blame them? There is nothing pleasurable about the shopping experience, other than the price. But remember what those cheap products represent. You pay that great price because Wal-Mart pays its employees as little as it possibly can. That great price is made possible by sweatshop labor overseas. That price is made possible because they don’t concern themselves with environmentally safe materials.

When you shop at Wal-Mart, you save money and you may save time– but you’re giving up your soul in exchange. Fuck Wal-Mart. Buy local.

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206 comments to Seven Reasons Wal-Mart Sucks

  • Richard

    So Walmart complains how sales are down. What the hell do they expect when they try to sell air conditoners in the middle of winter?!
    They are so obssessed with cutting payroll that they are pulling people off the schedule for as many as four days after they were initially put on the schedule. Employees did not find out untill they arrived as scheduled, tried to clock in and were notified by the clock that they were not scheduled to work. So apparently we have to check the schedule every day now, that is for the ones who have the internet. Some do not have internet service, so they can’t check their schedules from home. Some live 45 minutes to one hour away, so it is rather inconvenient to go that far just to check it. Walmart just says go get the internet, but they can’t afford it when they are losing so much time.

  • Karen

    I hate Walmart!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Paul

    The best defense against Walmart’s offensive existance – IS AMAZON.

  • dale

    I’ve been shopping at Wal-Mart for the last 25 years or so. Tried to return some items at 3 different Wal-Mart stores in last 2 days in Cary, NC area. One customer service associate at each store, at least 8 people in the return line at each store. Gave up, not going back to Wal-Mart (ever!), will go to Target and pay more but will get more back in long run! Sad part is that Wal-Mart as a company could “CARE LESS” about unhappy customers and their ability to provide a minimal level of customer service. PS: SAM’s Club is no different!

  • walmart employee

    Walmart hires no help no wonder they are so out of stock and the shelves look like shit because there is no one to stock them. Believe me they treat employees like crap

  • Richard

    Walmart has claimed one of the men’s restrooms has been vandalized, and they suspect me of doing it. They claim I was the only one to go in there around the time the vandalism supposedly occured. Since then they have cut me to 24 hours a week. If I get fired I will file a lawsuit against Walmart. The shift manager is a 30 year old punk who only wants to cut payroll. In fact, that is what Walmart is all about now. They do not care about customer service or putting the needs of the store first. They tolerate worthless employees who have a bad attitude, but go after the ones who have been there for years and who have always been productive. I have been there for 6 years (only because no other work is available). They don’t like that I get raises every year. My raise was in July, then I got a coaching in August for doing what they told me to do to ready my department for inventory, then they denied they told me to do it. Now this with the vandalism claim. It is obvious they are setting me up. After being fired an employee can be rehired after two months, but they start over at minimum wage part time. But Walmart claims they are doing what they can to help the economy. They keep telling us there is a company wide hiring freeze on, but I just found out that another Walmart is hiring. The store manager is a liar and a crook. He goes on vacation every month, and has always ignored legitimate concerns. But if anyone goes just one minute over their scheduled time, they get an email from him or from another manager demanding to know why.

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