Why do many people hate Wal-Mart?

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Postby SClay » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:18 pm

Since this thread was 'revived' I thought I would chime in.

People hate Walmart for many reasons. Walmart stores bring the death of many local businesses upon many smaller towns. Why buy fruit from Sally at the local fruit-stand when Walmart sells it cheaper? Or why buy a drill from the hardware store when Walmart has one on a 10% discount? Also, Walmart treats their employees like absolute trash. Walmart brings in hundreds of billions of dollars a year in revenue and still pays their employees the bare minimum with no benefits. Sure, it's good for consumers who want cheaper products but at the same time it hurts a lot of people. And don't get me wrong, many people have to shop at either Walmart or online simply because local businesses don't carry the product they need/want. For example, there aren't a lot of small local businesses selling high end electronics.

To conclude, it's both good and bad. I personally will never step foot into one of the stores if I can shop somewhere else or local, but other people feel differently.
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Postby Midori » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:55 pm

SClay wrote:For example, there aren't a lot of small local businesses selling high end electronics.


Oddly enough, I found this out when I bought a DVD player that I needed to modify to make region-free so I could watch some R2 DVDs... the companies who sell electronics to Wal-mart make a different line of products specifically for Wal-mart. So if you buy a model abcd1234 DVD player of a particular brand from Wal-mart, it's going to be different from the same model abcd1234 that you buy from a different retailer. You get the same sort of thing with plumbing supplies and Lowes/Home Depot... it's the same company, and the same model number, but it's produced a little differently from those stocked by the plumbing supply houses so that it can be sold more cheaply. The Lowes/HD faucets might use more plastic and less brass; the rings might be thinner; some things might be B-grade instead of A-grade. With Wal-mart DVD players, they might not be susceptible to the reprogramming codes that work anywhere else. :o)

Wal-mart has become considerably less attractive for anything but consumables.

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Postby whit » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:52 pm

I am super happy to be living in a city that doesn't allow Walmart..hopefully that wouldn't change.

I know their practices are bad and all..but I just don't like the look and aesthetic of this chain..target took the Walmart/Kmart/etc and made it slightly more acceptable

personally I rather lose the few cents or dollar and shop local..not just because I believe in supporting small businesses but the folks behind the business, both the employers and the owners

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Postby kelvSYC » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:01 pm

As someone who has never been to a Walmart in the US, but have in other countries, my personal distaste for Walmart comes from the fact staff is overly intrusive, and the fact that it never has the product I want at the quality that I desire: often times the specialist big-box store will have a better quality product at a premium that isn't too far off, so I end up with that as well. I take it that "you get what you paid for" doesn't hold too much weight compared to where I come from.

Not that I don't shop at Walmart, of course. I've lived in places where the closest thing was a Walmart.
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Postby SClay » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:19 pm

@Midori

Really? Very interesting. Yet another reason to not shop at Walmart! :D .
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