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2013-08-23 09:53:18 PM  

Mantour: NostroZ: [funnyasduck.net image 589x629]

I don't care what they buy/sell... I won't step foot into a WalMart... That's for white trash.

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The tranny thread was yesterday
 
2013-08-23 10:33:24 PM  
I guess I should count myself as fortunate that Walmart has never really even worth considering for my circumstances.
 
2013-08-23 10:40:02 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: A country in which a baby sucking on a boob is NSFW deserves a monster like Walmart.


Well, I fapped to it, and I'm at work, so what do you think NOW?!?


/I telecommute.
//My cat watched the whole thing and is threatening to complain to HR.
///HR is my other cat.  She can be a real asshole sometimes.
 
2013-08-23 11:06:02 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Somaticasual: 1) negotiate america down until it's unprofitable

That's how they put Rubbermaid out of business.


And Vlasic.
 
2013-08-23 11:13:25 PM  
Elandriel:   It's difficult to afford but I still make it a point to shop at more local stores, small businesses etc simply so I don't reward big box stores like Wal-Mart

And for someone who makes even a very small amount of money less than you, it's impossible to afford.  For those people, Walmart is there.
 
2013-08-23 11:28:49 PM  

Tourney3p0: Elandriel:   It's difficult to afford but I still make it a point to shop at more local stores, small businesses etc simply so I don't reward big box stores like Wal-Mart

And for someone who makes even a very small amount of money less than you, it's impossible to afford.  For those people, Walmart is there.


Truly the champion of the masses.
 
2013-08-23 11:50:48 PM  

finnished: Dwight_Yeast: Somaticasual: 1) negotiate america down until it's unprofitable

That's how they put Rubbermaid out of business.

And Vlasic.


Wal-Mart, the Borg of the Free Market.
 
2013-08-24 12:37:55 AM  
Haha, it's so cute, all the people saying that not shopping at WalMart will hurt them at all.

Because everyone else still does!  And they will continue to do so as long as they get "more for their money."

If you don't like WalMart, don't shop there sucks to me you!
 
2013-08-24 01:16:38 AM  
Wal-Mart is capitalism death spiral personified. Drive the competition out of business with artificially low numbers using effectively industrial slave labor by demand x quantity at x price. Kill the wages because employees have no other option if they are confined to a specific geographic area due to lack of social mobility because Wal-Mart killed competitive retail jobs and helped drive manufacturing  outsourcing movement while Clinton were in office (Hillary was on the board of directors). The Waltons have more money then the bottom 40 percent of all Americans combined and they are the only retail option for a great deal of the country. Effectively they are the nation's company store. Wal-Mart is in no way sustainable on any level from shipping, to consumer base, store size, power consumption.
 
2013-08-24 01:36:59 AM  

Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: Nemo's Brother: While Hillary was a big wig in Walmart, the company learned that you can get cheaper products with slave labor in China.

The Clintons would make utilizing this labor much easier for American companies a few years later.

Why is it that when Democrats act like Republicans, Republicans get upset about it?


Because that's gimmick infringement.
 
2013-08-24 01:37:21 AM  

Elandriel: I really, really hate Wal-Mart.  To see they are now taking over the grocery industry as well sickens me.

This "must have the lowest price, the end, full stop" mentality that rewards their business model annoys me too.  It's difficult to afford but I still make it a point to shop at more local stores, small businesses etc simply so I don't reward big box stores like Wal-Mart, Menards, Target etc.  They move in with their all-in-one megastores and destroy local economies, depressing wages and making everyone reliant on their hilariously poor quality shiat, and then consumers are like "I can save $0.15 on toilet paper!  I can save $0.25 on a box of cereal.  All together if I buy way more shiat than I need, I can save up to $50 if I were to buy all this useless shiat from other stores!  Wal-Mart is my friend."

One is moving in right next door to where I work.  Every time I drive past the construction I am tempted to hijack a bulldozer and knock the whole farking thing to the ground.


Why do low prices upset you so?  You do realize the more local stores screw thier employees over every bit as much as walmart, if not more, right?  The low prices dont come from screwing the employees, they come from economies of scale.
 
2013-08-24 01:39:16 AM  
What I am saying is that, given a choice between profit to put their kids through a better school and having their employees make 2 dollars an hour more than walmart employees, Mom and Pop are looking out for Mom and Pop.
 
2013-08-24 01:40:08 AM  
Menard's is the best big box retailer for American made products. I spent about 8 grand there in the past two months remodeling an old house I just bought. Eighty percent of the material I bought was made domestically.
 
2013-08-24 01:44:26 AM  

I sound fat: You do realize the more local stores screw thier employees over every bit as much as walmart, if not more, right?


No, they really don't.  Employees at regional grocery chains generally start at a higher wage, get better benefits, and are protected by a union.  And then there's Costco, who is so far beyond pretty much every retailer in the country, it's ridiculous.

Wal-Mart contracts a company to coach their employees on how to apply for public assistance. Doesn't that seem a little wrong to you?
 
2013-08-24 02:58:51 AM  

HeartBurnKid: Wal-Mart contracts a company to coach their employees on how to apply for public assistance. Doesn't that seem a little wrong to you?


It seems awesome to me, as a business strategy. You can pay your employees less and have them be happier about it.

As a social policy it's ridiculous. But that's not on Wal-Mart, that's on us. Wal-Mart might be a giant douchebag, but we're the ones who ordered it.
 
2013-08-24 03:35:03 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: The movie "The Campaign" ended up sucking, but the idea of Walmart buying a town in China and naming it "America" now seems oddly prescient.


This happened around WWII in the Japanese town of Usa.
 
2013-08-24 08:15:36 AM  
Where are these alleged "NSFW" pictures in the side bar? That's the only reason I clicked. If two people kissing is now too immoral for this site, I quit.
 
2013-08-24 08:26:08 AM  
More manufacturing is moving back from China to the US. Before the downturn for example Whamo had moved half their Frisbee production. GE is moving appliance production back to the US slowly but surely. Furniture manufacturers are returning to Georgia. Between high fuel costs and incredibly low quality controls, even Walmart is having trouble forcing suppliers to do business in China.

The jobs are not nearly as plentiful, we are talking highly automated production lines requiring few workers but they need high skill levels. But the workforce itself is contracting so it is not necessarily a bad thing. Plus we make those automated lines here in the US and we do it better than anyone else.

All in all this is Walmart having to adjust to their suppliers' reality. They dictated to the supply chain and it has been a disaster. The major brands that had begged to get into Walmart are forcing them to step back from the ideological position that "manufacturing is a dirty business and below Americans" that had driven the company in the post-Walton era. Sam had sought to make suppliers more market driven and less "you buy what we decide to make, because" but his successors screwed the pooch with their demands to suppliers. Eventually if Walmart hopes to keep recognizable brands in their stores they will have to accept more US sourced products. But it will be incremental change because it takes time to rebuild logistics domestically and manufacturers have a lot of groundwork to lay starting with reshaping shareholder expectations of lower cost of outsourcing production.
 
2013-08-24 09:12:22 AM  

sendtodave: Haha, it's so cute, all the people saying that not shopping at WalMart will hurt them at all.

Because everyone else still does!  And they will continue to do so as long as they get "more for their money."

If you don't like WalMart, don't shop there sucks to me you!


The real problem is apathy.
Oh why bother, everyone else does it...
One person, or a handful wont change a thing for Wallyworld. But if you don't like their business practices, DON'T SHOP THERE.  Explain to a friend or family member why you wont, probably they wont either, and so on. Eventually there will be enough to make an impact.
 
2013-08-24 09:24:56 AM  

profplump: HeartBurnKid: Wal-Mart contracts a company to coach their employees on how to apply for public assistance. Doesn't that seem a little wrong to you?

It seems awesome to me, as a business strategy. You can pay your employees less and have them be happier about it.

As a social policy it's ridiculous. But that's not on Wal-Mart, that's on us. Wal-Mart might be a giant douchebag, but we're the ones who ordered it.


Who's this "we", kemosabe? Maybe you ordered it. I set foot in a Walmart maybe once a year; whenever possible, I choose retailers that actually support their workers instead. Maybe you ordered it, in which case maybe you should think about what you're ordering.
 
2013-08-24 09:47:01 AM  
Is the "buy America" campaign in U.S. or is it just for the Chinese?
 
2013-08-24 11:47:47 AM  

I sound fat: What I am saying is that, given a choice between profit to put their kids through a better school and having their employees make 2 dollars an hour more than walmart employees, Mom and Pop are looking out for Mom and Pop.


Hey I get you. Low prices aren't the enemy - wal-Mart moving in and messing up local economies is. They move in, stores close, entire local economies become dependent on WM which depressed economic growth of the area. Couple with the low quality of goods and services and their anti-employee labor practices, I disagree with everything Walmart brings to the table.

Mom & pop are getting screwed by the very store that was heralded as a slow price savior.
 
2013-08-24 11:48:32 AM  
Err, low. Derp.
 
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