Tuesday, November 01, 2005 | By: Dusty Taylor

Wal-Mart, the high cost of those low prices.


This documentary opens today..probably not mainstream but it opens nonetheless..I am not a fan of Wally World..I hate them and their useless underpaid, uninsured employees. I hate their habit of going into areas and opening a ton of stores when just a couple will do. I think the majority of their products are cheap, horribly-made and will very seldom last past a year. The majority of their products are made outside the US. The founder Sam Walton, was a tight-ass of legendary status. That man could squeeze a nickel till it screamed. The employees are usually uneducated and in alot of instances bordering on mentally disabled, since intelligent people wont work for a company that pays so little and expects so much in return. Their benefits are non-existant unless of course your in management..THEN they take care of you, but not on the level of most corporations their size. There are now groups out there dedicated to bringing this huge corporation to their knees, and sportsfans, they do their homework. Walmart's growth has slowed to a trickle over the last few years and for this fact alone I am very happy. Two watchdog groups are at the forefront of taking down Sam Walton's baby..Walmart Watch and Wake up Walmart both of whom have the exec's at Wally World shaking in their collective boots. Walmart now has a war-room, hiring some of the best PR spin doctors in the business to change the way we view them. Walmarts stock as dropped drastically(27% since 2000) and the people they covet the most, middle america are shunning them due to bad publicity and high profile personnel problems/lawsuits. I love this part of the article regarding a report that Wally World itself commissioned : A confidential 2004 report prepared by McKinsey & Company for Wal-Mart, and made public by Wal-Mart Watch, found that 2 percent to 8 percent of Wal-Mart consumers surveyed have ceased shopping at the chain because of "negative press they have heard."

There is a very good article in the NY Times today regarding Wally's War Room and the people that oppose this corporations raping of America. The link to the article is here. If you shop at Wally World do yourself a favor and at least read the article or view the websites I have linked before you shop there again.

9 people gave us their .02 cents:

Gary F. said...

I agree. Walmart sucks. I pity those people who need to resort to working at such a place.

John Q. Public esq. said...

Walmart=AntiChrist

nuff' said...


JQP

bsoholic said...

Yup I hate Walmart too. In fact I haven't been to one in over a year, and life is juuust fine.

Jill said...

ok...I certainly understand about hating WalMart. But how do you survive shopping elsewhere? We would starve if it wasn't for the cheap food at the wal mart. I wish it was otherwise, more than anything.

Queen of Ass said...

I so hate Walmart. That's why I only go there once a week or so.

An80sNut said...

I'm all for a competitive marketplace and in some ways I see those two watchdog groups as helping increase competition. The phrase "brand loyalty" has become rather mythological and if people start going elsewhere due to business practice concerns, you may wind up with Targets or K-Marts gaining customers. I'd be interested in seeing how the company deals with a decline in growth and where it shifts focus to regain marketshare. Then again, their signing Garth Brooks to an exclusive deal for releasing his albums at their stores might be that next step.

dusty said...

wally world has taken a tumble from the nest. Its up to them to either spend a fortune discouting all the negative things against them or use the current approach, which is to just hit "us" between the eyes with a shitload of "feel good" commercials..remember..these fuckers bailed out Tom DeLay when the shit hit the fan.

The Zombieslayer said...

I think the majority of their products are cheap, horribly-made and will very seldom last past a year. The majority of their products are made outside the US.

Yup. I've always hated companies that don't take care of their employees. Props to Budweiser. Everyone I knew who worked for Budweiser said that company treats their employees great (we had a plant not too far from where I grew up). On the other hand, the opposite is true for Wal-Mart. They seem to screw over everyone who ever worked for them who didn't make it into upper management.

Bake Town said...

Yup - Walmart is evil. There going to be showing this docmentary for free at BC.