I was doing my daily news browsing online today and I saw a story on the Palladium Item website that really made me mad. It’s the story of a small, privately owned grocery store in a small town in Indiana that’s closing down partly because Wal-Mart is moving in 4 miles down the road.
At one time I liked Wal-Mart. Not because I thought they were a good store or anything, but because I liked that they had lower prices than most other places. Then I started hearing about how badly they treat their employess and I wasn’t quite as thrilled with them anymore. Now, I see a trend developing that’s very scary.
A friend of mine told me about a Wal-Mart that moved into a relatively small town. With their relatively low prices they gradually ran all of the locally-owned and operated stores out of business. Then, once their competition was gone and they had the market all to themseleves, they gradually raised their prices. That doesn’t seem like a friendly organization interested in helping people does it?
If you take a look at this section of Wal-Mart’s website, you’ll see that there’s a lot of talk about serving the customer and helping the communities they’re located in. Am I alone in thinking that Wal-Mart is one of the worst things to happen to this country?
Here are a few books/videos that talk about how Wal-Mart has done a real diservice to this country:
- The Case Against Wal-Mart by Al Norman
- How Wal-Mart is Destroying America and The World and What You Can Do About It by Bill Quinn
- Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town