Wal-Mart is a bully because it forcing companies to do what they what want them to do and not paying them a good amount for their product. They also treat workers poorly and do not give them a good enough pay. People are losing their jobs due to Wal-Mart closing down businesses.
Wal-Mart has repeatedly been caught in unfair practices. The employees of Wal-Mart are not paid fairly. The company is huge but they do not make a regular practice of giving full time hours or benefits. They have been known to buy from start up business and then when it is time to renew the contract they cut the price they are willing to pay for the product so that in the end the small American business owner is no longer making a profit. The unions are against Wal-Mart for a reason.
To put it bluntly, Wal-Mart is both good and bad for America. However, the negative greatly outweighs the positive. The positives are few and far between, namely in the low everyday prices and the convenience of having everything you need under one roof. The negatives are massive. One, Wal-Mart typically uses overseas outlets to produce their products, which takes away manufacturing and production jobs here in America. They also ignore what goes on at some of their factories, as evidenced by the fire at one in Bangladesh. Two, Wal-Mart has driven many small businesses out of towns across the country, annihilating what was once "the American Dream" and destroying the neighborly customer service we came to know and love. They've replaced it by a corporate mentality that has no understanding of what goes on at the store level and pushes ludicrous policies upon drones that are paid minimum wage, as opposed to allowing people to earn money by working to the best of their ability. Three, this corporate ridiculousness has no limits. Wal-Mart has, on multiple occasions, fired security guards for apprehending shoplifters, saying that they "didn't treat the customer in a proper way." As shoplifters are not customers - rather thieves - it goes to show that Wal-Mart is mostly afraid of getting sued, so they allow criminal acts to happen in stores. In one incident in Layton, Utah in February 2011, three security guards and an assistant manager were all fired for restraining a shoplifter with a gun - corporate policy dictated that, for the safety of the patrons, he was to be let loose in the store with his loaded pistol. That goes beyond stupid and unsafe. In the end, it is this killing of "the American Dream" that makes Wal-Mart bad for this country. Sure, some may call it "progress" or "survival of the fittest," but Wal-Mart is costing people jobs, outsourcing production elsewhere, encouraging crime, and being a blight to society. It is places like Wal-Mart offering deals that gets people riled up and excited, sometimes violent, like when a Black Friday mob trampled an innocent Wal-Mart employee so they could get the best deals. Wal-Mart is a trendsetter in the retail corporate world. They were one of the first to decide to open on Thanksgiving, and are killing that holiday. They caused several small businesses to close, even with subsidiary Sam's Club proclaiming that it was "in business for small business" - a contradiction to what the corporation did in the first place. To be truthful, Wal-Mart only seeks to make money and doesn't care about the happiness of its employees or customers. That's a step backward from the '50s and '60s, when small businesses were the place to go. Sure, those were more expensive and less convenient, but we've taken the route of cheap and easy, for what cost?
Many of Wal-Mart's sales are brought from forceful buying of goods from the- market. They force socks to be sold at such price for such quantity that harms the income of potential sellers. Yes people may say that Wal-Mart is good for the low income families that want good quality at reasonable prices but at the risk of other companies going bankrupt or shipping jobs to other countries because Wal-Mart doesn't wanna pay the certain amount for a certain amount of goods. This company's way of dealing their goods is horrible and the government needs to step in and do something about this. Or a change of mind for their corporate side
Wal-Mart is bad for America because it takes jobs from Americans and gives them to the Chinese, reducing jobs here. Wal-Mart does not pay its employees fairly, only minimum wage, and the work hours are crazy, and Wal-Mart is slowly crushing America's shopping centers with all of their outrageous low prices.
They, believe it or not, started outsourcing for many companies. In the 80s, they came up with a demand called "a low price standard". That means that they "need" goods to be ridiculously cheap in order to sell them at their prices. Unfortunately, the reality is that their prices still have an 80% markup, so they make ridiculous amounts of money, claiming that they are making people's lives better. The low price standard forces companies to outsource jobs to third world countries so that they can pay less for labor, which decreases American jobs while increasing Wal-Mart's profit.
The largest importer of cheap junk made by children in slave shops. They import more of this junk than all the other stores combined. People wonder where all the jobs went and will still shop at Walmart. They try to force people to work overtime, and don't pay them extra wages for the overtime hours.
Wal mart is not the store that mr Walmart put together is not the same store is got bad so he roll in his grave I know I had hear him peak and we talk I know his heart and I thank him for had a dream not a night-mare
Just because Walmart has great prices doesn't mean they are good, they have low prices because they can afford to. They can afford to because they pay their workers only about 10.11 an hour. Thats 17,000 a year working 34 hours a day, a two person family need about 27,00 to survive so you can see why this is unacceptable. Second of all you might say "oh, but Walmart provide 2.2 million jobs, isn't that great!?" No. Walmart provides 2.2 million jobs but not 2.2 million jobs to AMERICA. Most of their factories are located off shore in order to get cheaper labor, avoid taxes and cut corners on labor laws. Also 70% of all employees either leave or get fired after their first year of working there and you can guess why. Walmart has also been accused of, and I believe, predatory pricing. This meaning that they set their prices so low that they force all local stores out of business in order to attain a monopoly in the market. This is an outrage that a hundred billion dollar business would force stores to close just to earn a little more, Its disgusting. The last thing I will talk about is how they treat their workers. Some are forced to work of the clock with out being payed for the extra work and only 40% receive health care. They have also been accused of making some employees work and hour less that full time so they can pay them as hourly workers. Okay, I'm done, just please done shop at Walmart
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Many "anti-walmart" activists come from higher income lifestyle. This is because they have the luxury to shop at the more picturesque mom and pop stores. The families without these luxuries may be forced to shop where they can afford the products whether they like it or not. As for Walmart not supporting their workers with as nice of wages and befits as they could, this is because Walmart is very dedicated to their goal of supplying the average middle American with the lowest price they can achieve. In addition, the average employee still makes more then they would earn at an alternative job at that level.
If you were to read Sam Walton's Made in America, it is a fabulous account of how Walmart started and how it reached the point it is at today. Sam Walton started out with a small store and had to compete with huge companies that were actually implementing all of the negative things you guys are claiming about Walmart. Through great company values they overcame competition and became who they are today. Now there are some negative aspects of the current Walmart, but up till the late 90s there code of ethics and growth as a company was quite impressive. Negative things since then have come, but people should not claim hideous things about Walmart without first educating themselves.
WalMart might be responsible for closing a "Mom & Pop" store, but then look at the jobs it creates! How many cashiers did M&P employ? 2, 5? How many stockers? 1, 3? Managers? Truck drivers? Construction workers? Engineers/architects? Plumbers? ALL LOCAL!
Goods produced in China? - Yes, now they are! But does anyone remember when WalMart touted "Made In America"?! The Liberal Left had fits! "Isolationists!", "That's offensive to other countries!", and the best one, "What's the Big Deal?!" Well, THERE'S your Big Deal! You can't whine about foreign produced products AND American Made! Idiots! And you can't persecute WalMart's pay practices while benefitting from the low cost of their goods!
So if the whiney Liberal Left has it their way, WalMart would;
- Construct & operate stores with no impact on the environment
- Price their goods in a non-competitive manner
- Pay their employees high wages with full health/medical/dental insurance
- Pay above market-value for goods produced only in the U.S.
- Operate in a manner to minimize profits
What else ya want? - I know! How about a "Free Day" where everyone can just walk in and take anything they want?! How awesome would that be for today's self-entitled spoiled "Me" Generation of knowitall Brats? Yeah, that'll teach big ol' mean profitable corporations like WalMart, amirite. LOL!
You say Wal-Mart might provide low income families with cheap goods. Well that sounds right but the question wasn't about individuals, its about the U.S. Economy. In the long run Wal-Mart is killing the economy, destroying businesses and such things. I blame Wal-Mart for our debt to China. The End.
Wal-Mart isn't bad for America because people are able to buy things for cheap. People also can find many things they need inside of Wal-Mart and they sell it for a fair price, or it's usually sometimes on sale. Without Wal-Mart, people wouldn't be able to really find things to buy.
Walmart has extremely low prices and amazing sales at times (which I <3) and for struggling families in the U.S.A it helps. Walmart also gives jobs (be it may that they have horrible pay and dreadful hours) but they still have jobs! Walmart is also very reliable and family friendly.
How can we claim a place is bad for America? It's the idea behind a place that's bad...and those ideas spring from its leader. So, perhaps it's not Walmart that's bad for America, but the type of "leadership" behind the company. As a man thinks so he is and does, another type of leaders could do wonders with it.
I hate Wal-Mart and refuse to step into one after how miserable my last and final experience was, but many don't share that sentiment. It provides lots of (crappy) jobs and services that clearly are valued by many given how popular it is, the company honestly is kind of monstrous but they're how a lot of people thrive.
Locals blame Wal-Mart for the closing of Ray's Food Market, the only grocery store in Smith River, Ca... Instead of blaming themselves for driving 12 miles out of their way to shop at Wal-Mart instead of Ray's. If they hate Wal-Mart why do they shop there? The only ones they can blame are themselves
If you sit back and think, yes "mom and pop" stores are awesome with service, they are there for you. However honestly sit back and think of a time when someone forgot the Thanksgiving turkey, ham, etc.. You wouldn't be able to go into a local store and pick up such items the day of or the day before. I agree it's awful that some people get forced out of their business that they have been working on so long, but it is possible to survive with one or even two Wal*Marts around, such an example is in Augusta, Georgia. We have two super centers not more than 10 miles apart however there are countless "mom and pop" stores in between because customers have been going to them for years. Maybe I have a one sided view, but in my opinion it's beneficial.