Originally Posted by stargate125645
Apparently you have no conscience, my good Sir! You don't mind supporting the epitome of evil
? And that link doesn't list the "little" cheesy things Wal-Mart does, like open stores just outside of city limits to avoid taxes while still having the negative impact on everything else (mentioned in the documentary listed on the Wikipedia link), its other tax evasion schemes
, or falsely putting
"Made in USA" logos on items when nearly everything in the store is Made in China, or their countless NPDES
The list goes on, and quite frankly, saying "Wal-Mart owns" is like saying "I like getting daily colonoscopies without sedatives!"
Well it's cheap and convenient for me.....unfortunately that's what I'm looking for in a grocery store
I buy from Kroger as well, but only when on that side of town....I don't really have the time to concern myself with the politics of retail stores.
Fortunately my local economy can support small, medium, and Wal-mart sized grocery/retail stores. They all serve their own purpose for the customer. Some people don't want to go to Wal-Mart because it's massive and often busy.
Some people (myself included) choose smaller grocers like Kroger due to specialty cheeses, meats, etc.
I'll drive a block to Dollar General when I need some chips or aluminum foil, but I won't do a full shopping spree there.
A lot of their success is dependent on their innovative business model. One of the innovations that made them successful was refrigerated trucks IIRC....not many companies (if not any) were using these to transport food from warehouses to stores.
It's really about what niche they fit in......you may view Wal-Mart is evil, but %95 of America disagrees with you. Sorry
On a more OT note, I think this a wise expansion of their business model. They obviously see the ludicrous amount of money being lost to outside sources, and they're getting a piece of the pie. They would be fools not
to capitalize on the millions of PC ignorant people that buy computers from them......
Whether you think that Wal-Mart is an acceptable place to shop or not, you'd be hard pressed to say that they don't know how to operate a retail company.Edited by binormalkilla - 6/8/08 at 8:56pm