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.
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.