I refer to Walmart as "The Evil Empire". Mostly I just don't get it ... how did such a decidedly mediocre store become the largest corporation in the world? I agree with much of the discussion in this thread, but even if I didn't I would be unable to comprehend the attraction of Walmart. I enter one of their stores and it just feels like ... I don't know, maybe a really low class trailer park.
Somebody (Sam? Sam's kids?) sold their soul to the devil ...
Wal-Marts original concept was to offer multiple products all in one location and their market was the small towns of America. Before Wal-Mart people in those small towns didn't have much choice in buying products. The town square had the clothing store, the auto parts, a card store, and maybe a dept store like Sears or Pennys. Then people began to travel to shop in larger cities to find a wider variety. Wal-Mart stepped in and gave people a chance to buy the same things that they could get in the city without having to travel to the city.
Here in Indy there wasn't a Wal-Mart in sight for many years. Then they started popping up in the surrounding small towns. Now we have one, a Super Center at that, on every side of the city.
Wal-Mart is also becoming one of the biggest offenders of property rights. If you own land they want, they make an offer. If you don't accept it, they approach the local governing body and ask that the property be confiscated under the eminate domain laws and they will build on it and provide jobs, which in turn will pay taxes, not to mention sales taxes.
My mom once had an opportunity to supply Wal-Mart with boxes. When she told her boss that she had an appointment with the SE Region buyer he simply said, "Don't waste your time." Of course she didn't listen. She went to see the guy, he gave her the info on what they were looking for. She said she could work up a quote and get back to him. No need, he already had a quote ready. The were willing to pay the price they wanted, not what her company said it could do it for. She told her boss about it and he took a look at it. In order to fulfill the WM order, they would have had to add an extra shift, drop somewhere in the nieghborhood of 40% of their current clients which would have resulted in a net loss of about 20% to her company. Thats how Wal-Mart works.
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