Six More Reasons To Avoid Walmart This Holiday Season.

Via on Dec 22, 2011
“Amazing how we spend the day talking about how thankful we are for what we have, then spend the next 24 hours obsessing over everything we don’t.”

Update: “Man kicked out of Walmart for filming this.”

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This year on Black Friday, American shoppers spent more than $11 billion dollars at big box retailers.

One of the largest beneficiaries of this rampant consumerism was Walmart.

And not only did families spend huge percentages of their annual budget at Walmart, they also took the opportunity to exemplify the holiday spirit by trampling each other, snatching low price, low quality items out of each others shopping carts, and blasting each other in the face with pepper spray.

The 1% hails holiday shopping as a boon for the economy, but when it takes place at multi-national corporate storefronts, it’s really nothing more than a psychological trick to pad their pocketbooks.

With our country divided and an economy that’s barely hanging on by a thread, it’s time to think about what else we’re giving away by shopping at social and financial gluttons like Walmart.

Check out Frugal Dad’s infographic demonstrating the crushing Weight of Walmart, and if you find the statistics as shocking as we do, please share it with everyone you know.

Walmart Infographic

This article originally published on Care2.com

Image Credit: Flickr – Walmart Stores

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32 Responses to “Six More Reasons To Avoid Walmart This Holiday Season.”

  1. Steve says:

    What nonsense and fear-mongering. Walmart provides 2.1 million jobs, including 1.4 million in the US alone. That's nearly 1% of the working population in this country. We should be celebrating capitalism, rather than denigrating it. Walmart provides jobs, raises incomes, and provides low cost, reasonable quality goods to a large swath fo the population.

    • Greg says:

      I have been in the merchant account industry for 16 years focused on small merchants. The problem is Walmart severely damages small merchants when they rolls into a small city. Some people think no big deal, we have one stop shop now and better pricing. When in actuality Walmart is the same as many large corporations. They over power the small merchant, put them out of business, which reduces jobs. Yes they hire emaployees, but its still a negative gain on employment since so many small merchants were put out of business. To compound the issue, Walmart does not recirculate as much of that revenue back into the local economy. On average when someone spends $100 at a small local merchant, $45.00 is recurculated back intot he local economy, as compared to a large national chain only recurculates $12.00 back into the local economy. The average worker at Walmart makes $6.50hr which is a drop from the previous employment at a small retailer. What I trying to say is its just not that simple, 2.1 million employees is an impressive number, but how many businesses have them destroyed in the process to get their. Its definetely a zero net gain on employment number, but the question is by how much.

      Not to mention we have lost our community feel, like getting to know shop keepers who care about their business and the products they sell. We have lost a ton of US manufacturing because Walmart almost exclusively imports through China.

      People really need to start becoming informed and seeing the big picture of how big business like this is destructive to communities.

    • Ann says:

      I'm glad you feel that way since you are supporting them with your taxes. Go figure!

  2. Mimi says:

    I have to agree with Steve on this. Wal*Mart lets me (a stay at home mom of 3) get more bang for my buck when it comes to things kids need and everyday essentials. It provides me a way to get everything done in one stop. I can get my oil changed and tires rotated while I wait on a Rx and do grocery shopping. It lets me get more things done at one time instead of using gas to go from the mechanic, to the pharmacy, and then to grocery store. When you look at it, it also saves me money on gas.

  3. Moe says:

    Sorry, but the only thing I see here is criticizing Walmart for being successful.
    They do provide jobs, they do contribute to local economies via taxes.
    They do allow people to save some money.
    If the argument was more about eroding local/small business, which should be the backbone of the economy, maybe I could buy into that.
    But all you've done here is state how successful an organization they are.

    • AZlady says:

      In Maricopa, AZ Walmart made a deal with the city that they would not need to pay taxes for 5 years after building a Walmart there.

  4. Paul says:

    What a collection of ranting and twisted application of some facts. Why is Wal-Mart evil because they are successful? As above, they employ countless people, provide affordable merchandise to millions more Americans. You can criticize the Waltons for not being generous, but that has nothing to do with the business. If you think Wal-Mart’s CEO makes a lot of money, check out the financial CEO’s who make 10X what he makes! I haven’t met a Wal-Mart associate who is worth $35M/year. Fear-mongering and criticism for succeeding in the American dream — worthless. Criticize constructively and make applicable suggestions for improvement of the community impact WalMart makes — priceless.

  5. Eugene says:

    #1 is basic math fail or simply a lie. Assuming the figures provided in your graphic are correct, their revenue is not larger than these other companies combined. Why would you post such a blatant lie when the reader can see the numbers for themselves in your own graphic ?

  6. MD says:

    I am honestly shocked to see so many defending WM! I am also refreshed! I am on the inside of this company that so many eagerly hate. I can say with no hesitation that Mike Duke earns his giant paycheck. He deals with more in a day than any of us can imagine. He does a heck of a lot more than any pro athlete, actor or socialite that makes more than him for a swing of the bat or a blockbuster movie. The stats above prove that. I can also say that Walmart as a company is more giving than any other and I am proud every day of their generosity all over the world. They are the first responders to any disaster and it’s not to sell people crap, it’s to donate everyday goods. I could go on but until you are on the inside you don’t know.

    • Guest says:

      Management always overestimates its contribution to their organization's success and underestimates its contribution to its failure. The proof is in MD's comment.

  7. Guest says:

    Retailer revenues are almost always higher than manufacturers'. The main reason is that they add no value to their products except that they provide a location for consumers to buy them more easily. The comparisons made in the article indicate that the author needs a bit more education in business or is just being political.

  8. lynnemcd says:

    I ask Walmart to be responsible with their success. they could make a billion less and treat their employees better. They could buy american rather than inport crap from china that is toxic. If their food supply came from local farms, the farms would be so successful that the prices could be lower. Instead they are just a greedy family and I for one choose to not shop there

  9. Mike says:

    Honestly….this is a classic example of number-twisting. It’s funny how the place that has allowed more low-income North Americans enjoy a better existance is portrayed as an evil giant that has come to steal all our money. This continent was built on the premise that everyone has the right to better themselves through hard work and capitalism. Nowhere does it say that you must become not-for-profit once your company gets too large.

  10. Bob says:

    Let’s see:

    Success = Evil.

    Large = Exploiter.

    Wal-Mart has done more than any other company to reduce the amount of useless packaging that manufacturers put on their products. They wouldn’t have been able to do that if they weren’t big enough.

    Wal-Mart donates tens of millions of dollars at the local level to non-profits and needy families.

    I’ve watched their Emergency Operations Center in Bentonville in action after disasters when they work tirelessly to get the stores in the smallest communities open first (not the ones that generate the most $$$), because those communities need jobs and supplies.

    They’ve developed stores in the western United States that are cutting edge models of energy efficiency. In some cases — through design, solar sourcing, ambient light, etc. — reaching zero-energy use. (http://walmartstores.com/pressroom/news/10699.aspx)

    Are they perfect? Hell, no. Their labor practices have taken a beating over the years. But I get really tired of the demonization of the company because they’re successful.

    (FYI: I’m not a Wal-Mart employee, publicist, or stock owner.)

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  12. joe schmoe says:

    This article is amazing… i needed a good laugh thanks.

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  14. Jenn says:

    I'm not sure what the big deal is. Wal-Mart is an extremely successful company because they provide products at a price people can afford. In return, they make big profits. Again, not sure why this is an issue.

  15. Louise Brooks says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with all the comments defending Wal-Mart and it's successes. What the author of the article doesn't seem to be aware of (or chooses to ignore) is that millions of people WANT to shop at Wal-Mart. That is how Wal-Mart is so hugely successful. I'm tired of articles like this one which portray the average person as a gullible slug bending to the whims of large corporations. Again, people want to shop for cheap goods. People will choose cheaper goods over more expensive. Whether this is right or wrong is beside the point. The Wal-Marts of the world will continue to be built and continue to prosper as long as the demand it there.

    An example of the good Wal-Mart can do – it is Wal-Mart that was able to get laundry detergent companies to make their packages smaller and more eco-friendly. Wal-Mart put in place a policy that required detergent bottles to be smaller or they wouldn't carry them in their stores. Consequently, the detergent companies smartened up and designed smaller more ecological bottles. This is what a big "scary monster" corporation can do.

  16. Will Kopp says:

    Union busting
    Secret Life insurance on employees paid to the company
    Horrible working conditions
    Poverty pay
    No health insurance
    Cut throat tactics to secure market share
    Charity? Please
    Eco Friendly practices … Rewarded with even more tax breaks
    This is a vision for American prosperity?
    What the fuck is the matter with you people

    • "Secret Life insurance on employees paid to the company"

      Practically a viatical, imho …I do not think it's an exaggeration. I'd worked under practically slave-labor conditions, myself, twice … in the real estate management admin support field …

      Therefore, NO WALMART …

  17. mark says:

    Will, nice summary and well put. Most hourly WalMart employees are collecting government assistance of some sort since they are so poorly paid and have no benefits. Some of the people posting here are so short sighted. Keep buying the cheap imported garbage and justify it as getting "bargains". It really matters that you can get window cleaner 25 cents cheaper than at the local hardware or grocery store?

    I'll second your last line: What the fuck is the matter with you people who support Walmart? You really want your kids to work there one day?

  18. fallguy40 says:

    They truly are the Evil Empire. Great piece

  19. Brandi says:

    Why has no one commented on how WM promotes a disposable society? Things are made cheaply and sold cheaply to have a short life so you must go back and buy the same thing when it should have lasted years. Of all the statistics shown, the China connection is the most disturbing. Look into that! WM has to do some positive good in order to promote good news, it’s merely a PR tactic. So, yes, there are positive things that could be said, but in the end, it’s just selling cheap crap at cheaper (at times) prices so you have to buy more cheap crap to replace the previous cheap crap. The only entity winning… China.

  20. Love this video!

    It is not the fashion-shaming, class-shaming, size-shaming USUAL "The People of Walmart" video that I've read about (or viewed) …

    There is a reason why there is no Walmart within New York City city limits.

    Umm, I'd never been inside one … though I'd come close when living briefly out-of-town … but seeing the kind of cars in the parking lot of that Walmart, from my bus ride past, depressed me … reminding me of my younger years … I would welcome nice prices .. of course!

    But the political cost of a Walmart is too much for us New Yorkers to bear … !

  21. Adinah says:

    How is it possible that full-time employees make less than federally mandated minimum wage?

  22. jbourne515 says:

    The only thing to hate about Walmart is the lines. Walmart has done more for struggling blue collar Americans than any politician in this country. Both major parties combined.

  23. tim says:

    So I noticed that somebody voted Sarah's post down, but I just can't fathom as to why. Sarah is advocating consumers express self-control; responsibility for their purchasing habits.

    Somebody reading this actually thought that self-control is a bad thing??

    My mind = blown.

  24. Greg says:

    I have been in the merchant account industry for 16 years focused on small merchants. The problem is Walmart severely damages small merchants when they rolls into a small city. Some people think no big deal, we have one stop shop now and better pricing. When in actuality Walmart is the same as many large corporations. They over power the small merchant, put them out of business, which reduces jobs. Yes they hire employees, but its still a negative gain on employment since so many small merchants were put out of business. To compound the issue, Walmart does not recirculate as much of that revenue back into the local economy. On average when someone spends $100 at a small local merchant, $45.00 is recirculated back into the local economy, as compared to a large national chain only recirculates $12.00 back into the local economy. The average worker at Walmart makes $6.50hr which is a drop from the previous employment at a small retailer. What I trying to say is its just not that simple, 2.1 million employees is an impressive number, but how many businesses have them destroyed in the process to get their. Its definitely a zero net gain on employment number, but the question is by how much.

    Not to mention we have lost our community feel, like getting to know shop keepers who care about their business and the products they sell. We have lost a ton of US manufacturing because Walmart almost exclusively imports through China.

    People really need to start becoming informed and seeing the big picture of how big business like this is destructive to communities.

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