Why do many people hate Wal-Mart?

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Postby benhollberg » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:16 am

FutureBillionaire wrote:WalMart takes advantage of the fact that their workers aren't skilled and can't command a better salary or benefits elsewhere. They aren't "forced" per se, but let's not be naive and think that WalMart isn't laughing all the way to the bank.


Exactly, Walmart is a business and in business to make money. If their workers can't command a better salary or benefits elsewhere then why does Walmart get a bad reputation for not giving them this, at least they are giving them a job.
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Postby Snowman » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:26 am

I personally don't like Walmart or agree with the way they conduct business and generally do my best to stay away from them. But OTOH, their prices are pretty low for the things I buy so I shop there when needed.
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Postby TheLethargicAge » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:44 am

Their prices are great as long as you're willing to put up with disorganized shelves, unhelpful (sometimes nonexistant) staff, stuff that's "out of stock", and endless checkout lines.
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Postby bisbicos » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:18 pm

Among other things Walmart treats their employees like ****. I refuse to ever shop there
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Postby xbillyjean42x » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:03 pm

ive had so many issues with customer service from walmart where i live. i stopped going there. i live right next to a walmart btw lol. i purposely went halfway across town to target for service. that was back when we only had 4 wm's..and i didn't have a car..i took the bus. but now that i have a car..i actually only visit the newest one that opened in north clovis. they're not busy enough yet like the other stores yet so id say the employees are happy with their job for the mean time. give it a few more months though..that'll probably change jk lol
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Postby xbillyjean42x » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:06 pm

i only go there for the basic household items though now if im in the area and need somethin quick. i dont buy food..well because for one i work at another major grocery store and i support my store first..and most of our items beat their food items anyway so no point. i still usually go to target with my household items though. its cleaner, and the employees are more friendlier. even with that 5% off thing, coupons i use..we still pay a little more than walmart..but id spend more for better service. no problem with that for me.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:10 am

Let's put things in perspective. Many say that 'hate' Walmart but something has to be said about how 'well' they do business. As much as we hate 'hate' them, they are making money and from a business point of view....they are king.

They I'm guessing are more profitable than target and the rest of the competition. Based on this, they are a shareholders dream come true.
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Postby djrez4 » Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:38 pm

FastSRT8 wrote:Let's put things in perspective. Many say that 'hate' Walmart but something has to be said about how 'well' they do business. As much as we hate 'hate' them, they are making money and from a business point of view....they are king.

They I'm guessing are more profitable than target and the rest of the competition. Based on this, they are a shareholders dream come true.


Actually, Walmart is not doing so well right now. They have some stiff competition and their business practices are coming back to bite them in the ass. 1Q 2013 earnings were lower than expected and 2Q earnings fell. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/17/business/wal-mart-posts-mixed-results.html

The competition is catching up and they're doing it while paying employees living wages and providing benefits. Winco is expanding to Texas; they provide full benefits to employees working more than 24 hours a week and have over 400 non-executive employees with million-dollar pensions (that are FUNDED). http://business.time.com/2013/08/07/meet-the-low-key-low-cost-grocery-chain-being-called-wal-marts-worst-nightmare/

Things are changing for the better and Walmart will have to change as well.
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:54 pm

djrez4 wrote:Actually, Walmart is not doing so well right now. They have some stiff competition and their business practices are coming back to bite them in the ass. 1Q 2013 earnings were lower than expected and 2Q earnings fell. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/17/business/wal-mart-posts-mixed-results.html

The competition is catching up and they're doing it while paying employees living wages and providing benefits. Winco is expanding to Texas; they provide full benefits to employees working more than 24 hours a week and have over 400 non-executive employees with million-dollar pensions (that are FUNDED). http://business.time.com/2013/08/07/meet-the-low-key-low-cost-grocery-chain-being-called-wal-marts-worst-nightmare/

Things are changing for the better and Walmart will have to change as well.


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Postby otter » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:11 pm

One thing which hasn't been mentioned in this thread is the way WalMart's have ruined downtown in cities across America. I remember when WalMart first opened in the small town I grew up in in Florida(around 15,000 people). Almost immediately, downtown became a ghost town. I'm Libertarian, so I can definitely appreciate the survival of the fittest aspect of Laissez Faire capitalism, but WalMart almost bullied some of the downtown merchants out of business. The merchants saw they would have to compete with WalMart and lowered their prices. WalMart retaliated by lowering many of their prices to below their cost... and then raised them all back up once downtown was deserted.

I do shop at WalMart because it is economical but sometimes I feel dirty afterwards... almost as if I just did business with my best friend's worst enemy just to make a quick buck.
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