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Why People Love to Hate Walmart

There’s really NO good reason to hate Walmart, but lots of people do. We’re not trying to be their cheerleader here, but the truth is so obvious we are quite surprised so many can’t see it.

Maybe its because Walmart is everywhere. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Walmart. As of March 2012, there were 3,029 Wal-Mart Supercenters in the United States and they serve 127 million customers each week. They also sell more food than any other store in the world.

According to the Fortune Global 500 list, in 2012, the company was the world’s third largest public corporation and the biggest private employer in the world with over two million employees … the largest retailer in the world.

Americans spend $36 million at WM every HOUR of every day.

WM will sell more from January 1st to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year. In fact, WM is bigger than Home Depot, Kroger, Target, Sears, Costco and K-Mart … Combined.

This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at WM stores (the Earth’s population is approximately 6.5 Billion).

An Real Unemployment Solution:

With today’s economic horrors, the world has gotten pretty scary. Many workers with strong work ethics and dedicated to their employers, find themselves out in the cold, too old and, amazingly, out of the job market. Many find a new home working at WM giving them a sense of need.

The Killing of Mom and Pop?

Some claim that Walmart is killing small businesses and they put profit over people. They accuse them of being overly competitive, predatory and a killer of Mom and Pop stores.

These “whiners” use buzz words like “slave wages”, “harm communities”, “higher crime”, “family disintegration” and wages that “people cannot live on”.

Most of the people making these claims are unions and politicians supporting unions.

The truth is WM is competitive and simply offers merchandise for less. This free market system works for the local consumer and, YES, this does drive others, who can’t compete, out of business.

Time Marches On

Most of us can’t help but resist change. These old stores are favorites from our youth … a.k.a. … retail nostalgia. However, the cost of low prices actually HELPS the community. It leaves money in the customer’s wallet at the end of the week to spend elsewhere locally thereby stimulating the local community.

We can’t help but shop at WM because their prices are lower. Shocking, I know.

Its probably the greatest anti-poverty program in the country. WM saves the average family over $2000 a year.

Just like the downtown stores that have closed and moved to the malls, WM’s success is driven by the shopper.

Slave Labor

One misleading claim against WM is that their employees have “no control over their schedules and their wages”. Hmmm, that’s just like the rest of us, isn’t it? And yes, some part-time workers do, in fact, qualify for state and federal aid and benefits. But that’s a good thing.

So most who promote hate to WM are actually talking Socialism.

The Beginning

On July 2, 1962, Sam Walton opened the first WM Discount City store in Rogers, Arkansas. 50 plus years later they are the LARGEST employer in America. Two million Americans proudly wear the blue “How May I Help You?” smock.

The Walton family is now worth in excess of $102 Billion.

For the fiscal year ending January 31, 2011, WM reported a net income of $15.4 billion on $422 billion of revenue with a 24.7 percent gross profit margin. The corporation’s international operations accounted for $109.2 billion, or 26.1 percent, of total sales.

It is the world’s 18th largest public corporation and the largest public corporation when ranked by revenue.

WM has revenue higher than the GNP of nearly 170 countries. Their international operations currently comprise 4,263 stores and 660,000 workers in 15 countries outside the United States.

Poor Wages? No!

While many feel they underpay their workers but the opposite is true. With the 2013 minimum wage being $7.25, WM most wages are equal or better.

Its hard to generalize about WM workers because there’s so many different kinds. Some are very sophisticated jobs like buyers and data processors. WM jobs cover the full spectrum from the high end positions all the way to the lowest level part-time retail jobs. The more skills you have the more you get paid – just like any other company.

Starting WM wages:

Cashiers $7.38
Retails Sales Associate $7.77
Certified Pharmacy Tech $9.25
Floor Sales Rep $9.90
Licensed Optician $12.16

WM also promotes from within. 70% of all managers started out in floor jobs.

The High Cost of Low Prices?

The 2005 anti-Walmart documentary by Robert Greenwald is well done but completely skews the numbers. Of course a pro-WM documentary wouldn’t sell. This just fueled the fire for the hatters. It suggested WM FORCED workers into welfare by paying minimum wages and not offering healthcare. They also promote the negative impact on openings and claim they drive down wages. The film is looking through the wrong end of the telescope.

Lawsuits

That’s not to say Walmart is not without excessive corporate greed. They’ve been successfully sued many times. In 2000 they paid out $50 million dollars to settle a suit filed by 69 thousand employees in Colorado who claimed they were forced to work while off the clock.

In 2005 Walmart paid 172 million dollars for a claim filed by 116 thousand employees in California for not giving them their legally mandated 30-minute lunch breaks.

Sweat Shops

Sometimes the truth isn’t pretty (have you seen how sausage is made?). Many items made today are made in third world countries. Because WM demands lower prices from the suppliers. This forces some of them to lower their costs in making those goods and they choose to use, so-called, “sweat shops”. While some claim this exploits workers, and it does, using sweat shop labor actually benefits those workers by providing much better jobs than the alternative like working in agriculture and working out in the fields. The pay is also much better and quite a bit more than other domestic employers.

Yep, by comparison to American workers, the conditions there are BAD.

Unions vs Walmart

WM is non-union and has fought it for many years. The people who want WM to unionized are … wait for it … the UNIONS. Why? They simply want more union members and more revenue. They disguise their desire by saying its for the “worker” but we all know that’s not true.

The “People” don’t want WM to unionize because this cost will be passed on to the customer and – BLAM – the price of everything will just go up.

WM is just simple free market capitalism on a grand scale.

Giving Back

If you think WM should “give back” to its community you’re right, they should. And they do.

Did you know they donated $20 million in CASH to aid in the recovery after Hurricane Katrina? They also delivered 1500 truckloads of FREE merchandise. They also supplied food for 100,000 meals. For their New Orleans area employees victimized by the flood WM promised each would still have a job when things got back up and running.

No Health Care?

While WM doesn’t offer health care for its employees (They have that right, right?) they did lead the way in fighting high costs of drugs by being the first to offer the 100 most popular prescriptions in generic form for only $4. What impact does this have on healthcare for their customers? We know it really ticked of the drug manufactures.

Wm also shares profits with their employees who qualify by working at least 1000 hours a year. WM stock is now selling for about $70 a share.

So, Hate Walmart? Why? They provide what we need at a lost cost and employ many who might be home collecting unemployment or worse.

Let’s face it – Roseanne Barr said it best … “If Walmart doesn’t have it, I don’t need it.”



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36 comments

  1. Well I have to say I am one of those people who hates Walmart, but not for the reasons you stated. I hate them because alot of what they sale
    is just plain junk. When Sam was alive they sold American made products for a reasonable price but after he died the “kids” couldn’t convert to cheap chinese crap fast enough. You can say what you want but the Walmart of today is not the same as the Walmart as Sam had! Yes they do sale cheaper than Sears or Target but they don’t have the quality of either in alot of things. Quality is not not dictated by either the lowest price nor the highest price but walmart does dictate the lowest quality by demanding only low cost products. But dispite this I too shop there whenit’s something that I can accept the lack of quality on or for groceries. But I still don’t like them…………….

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    • Wal-mart is not competitive any more. When you can go to a Mom and pop store and buy the same product made by the same company at a cheaper rate or to hardware stores and buy hardware cheaper it shows Wal-Mart is ripping people off knowing they buy cheaper with their buying power.
      Also I purchased a 19″ display tv from Wal-Mart in Nov. with no remote and no stand attached. After discovering these were missing, I was told the purchase was as is. I called Vizio direct and discovered they said the tv had been sold the previous April. FRAUD

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    • So don’t go to Wall Mart – problem solved instead of ranting your hate.

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    • Blame the unions for driving companies overseas. The higher wages, benefits and not being able to get rid of bad employees are the cost of American made that we can’t any longer afford.

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      • Blaming the unions for forcing jobs overseas is like blaming spoons for making you fat! It is simply human greed. CEOs & share holders don’t feel that pulling in millions of dollars in dividends quarterly is enough, so they go where people are starving & pay scut wages and then leave when the workers wake-up & start asking for a LIVING wage!

        Walmart actually has workshops for employees on how to file for foodstamps & welfare because they want YOU the taxpayer to subside their unbridled greed!

        So, go ahead, pat yourself on the back for shooting yourself in the foot! Oh wait wallymart stop selling firearms…

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      • I’m with you kerijay. Businesses do business globally now. Unions are great, but unfortunately, there are no unions in other countries and the businesses here have to compete with them. Look at what happened to Hostess and our Twinkies. The union ran them out of business. Should CEO’s and shareholders give more back to the employees? Sure. Will they do it? Probably not. Ok. How about if Walmart decides to let the union in? Wages and benefits rise and all is well and good until Walmart cannot compete anymore and it goes out of business. Some folks will jump for joy, but I doubt if the people who had jobs would be very happy about having no jobs. Then again, maybe welfare is the way to go. I already live in the trailer court. I should just quit my job and hang out with my neighbors all day.

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    • I do not hate Walmart. I disapprove of them. Mightily. Most of you are probably too young to remember, but I can remember when Richard Nixon went to China and shook the hands of the murdering thugs. The handshake was on all print publications and the few TVs in use at that time. The next white hand they shook was that of Sam Walton with a contract in his other hand to sign the slave labor up to make the “stuff” to sell in Sam’s stores and put the Mom and Pop stores out of business all over America. That’s where the terms Mr. Kerr kept repeating in his article, “slave wages” (were those of the Chinese not the Americans.) And Mom and Pop stores really were put out of business because they had no way to compete against the aforementioned “slave labor.” Walmart advertised that everything in the stores were American-made, but you were hard-put to find anything made in America. But even worse than the loss of businesses is the loss of the U.S. economy and the building up of the Chinese economy. All the manufacturing plants and bustling economy is in China now. Make no mistake, Sam Walton knew exactly what he was doing. He understood human greed and political power. His social issues support is not something a conservative would support. He would not be shocked at all at what is happening.

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    • You’re right Jerry, when Sam Walton was alive he tried to put US made items in his stores. If one tried to do that today, there would be nothing in the stores but space! He was able to buy from American companies in the USA. Today those same companies are in China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.,etc. Why is that? The companies moved due to the USA having the highest corporate tax rates in the world. Investors want…demand a return on their money invested. Perhaps your IRA or investments are some of those demanding the highest returns possible. What goes around does indeed come around.

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  2. I hate them mainly because they never have enough registers open to handle all the customers trying to check out!!! You will have 1 or 2 of the 30 registers open with people lined up trying to get checked out! Then I can make a grocery list and go to Wal-Mart and I promise you they will be out of something on my list and God knows when it will be restocked!!! I would rather go somewhere else and pay more knowing that I can get checked out and out the door rather than standing in a long line stressed out!!!!!

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  3. I hate them mainly because they never have enough registers open to handle all the customers trying to check out!!! You will have 1 or 2 of the 30 registers open with people lined up trying to get checked out! Then I can make a grocery list and go to Wal-Mart and I promise you they will be out of something on my list and God knows when it will be restocked!!! I would rather go somewhere else and pay more knowing that I can get checked out and out the door rather than standing in a long line stressed out!!!!!

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  4. Reads like a very brain-washed idiot wrote the article!

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  5. If you do not like Wall Mart. Shop some where else. Isn’t Liberty wonderful.

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  6. I guess these haters are Union people wanting to fill the pockets of the Union bosses plus political democrats that are destroying the country.

    I pray Wall Mart will never unionize so the elderly and poor can still eat. They give a lot of Charity and their wages aren’t bad, people are so ungrateful must be democrats always wanting something for nothing.

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  7. The ONLY reason I like WallyWorld is because they take returns with few questions asked. I agree with Jerry, the quality is just not there. One reason someone has to make a return. Walmart has leaders at deceitfully low prices, to get you into the store. But, if you compare your Walmart receipt with another store’s prices, you might be surprised to find a minimal difference. We should try and shop ALL stores, lest we end up having Walmart as an only source.

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  8. Proofreading is your friend…

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  9. I will do less shopping at Wal Mart becase…
    1. They are not stocking much ammo because they are waiting for Obummer to come out with his Gun Ban.
    2. I was there yesterday and they would not let me use a Money Order I had purchased there the other day, to buy other merchandise.
    3. They are NOT keeping up with the stocking of their shelves.eg. I was there on friday and bought three white 5 gallon paint pails with lids for storage. I came back on monday and had the department salesperson check if they had any more. He came out with 5 or 6 pail but NO LIDS.
    4. Last week we called the Pharmacy and ordered some medicine we needed. When we got the meds home and checked the bag, there were two missing. We called back on friday and re-ordered those and told them, we would be there on Monday. When we got there, they only had one of them ready.
    I may boycott Wal Mart and and find another store to make my purchases in the future.

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  10. Our Walmart remodeled a few years ago. They took out most of their inventory. To this day you can go in looking for something and when you ask a clerk for help they’ll say something like “I haven’t seen that but we USED to sell it”. If I can get something elsewhere I do. Walmart is the last option for me.

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  11. Here is something most dont know about WM. I was a truck driver that had to deleiver to WM distrabution centers. It is so bad there that many truck drivers refuse to go. I finially (along with other drivers in our company) convinced our employer to make a deal with WM that if we were kept at their distrabution center for over 2 hours to begin unloading, we would be paid extra. It went through. Garanteed, we were backed into the unloading dock in 2 hours to keep WM from paying us drivers $8 an hour to set there.
    No I dont buy from WM. I know I am not one of the zillion people that shop WM, and they will never miss me, but I feel good about it…

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    • Good for you, John! I hate WM. I used to work there. They treat their employees terribly. In the 3 years that I was there, I saw 3 people have heart attacks—due to the stress of their jobs.
      I was there for the stores “grand re-opening”. They had us stock every shelf to the gills for all of the “grand poo-pahs that would be coming in for the “big event”. Then they stood at the podium, taking turns at self-congratulations for being such wonderful people and doing so much for the community. In the mean time, the community they kept bragging about doing so much for, was asking me all day long, where certain sale products were that day, as they weren’t in the usual spot. The management had made me hide them in a back room because they didn’t think it would look impressive to the mayor and the chamber of commerce, etc…all people of whom I’m sure don’t *need* to shop at WM. These mothers and families were actually distraught, as they communicated to me how much their families depend upon those items, in order to make their budgets stretch.
      I gladly retrieved the items they were looking for—while exclaiming rather loudly–why I was told to hide their much needed savings. Then I’d “conveniently forget” to put the remainder back—counting on management being to busy to notice. Whenever they did notice, though, they’d scold me and make me put it away. The next day, they had us throw away ALL of the food products that they had made us overstock. There was nothing wrong with any of these products. They were new and fresh. We were not allowed to put them on sale or give to local charities. They made us discard them! And…I was written up for my actions of the previous day. So what.
      Wm does not actually help the workforce. Even most people who work there on a full time basis qualify for all kinds of government aide, because their jobs don’t pay a decent living wage, and that’s with receiving quarterly bonuses. Speaking of which….at one of our morning meetings, when the store manager announced how much we’d be getting for that particular bonus–everyone was in shock—hooping and hollering—thinking their gravy train finally arrived–as it was in the thousands of dollars. Oops. He accidentally announced the managerial bonuses. The employees are doing well to get a hundred bucks. I’ve seen people go hungry in the lunchroom because they literally didn’t have enough money to eat anything that day. We often quietly took up donations for such things—as most of us knew what it felt like to struggle that way. There was one very kind manager who would take money out of his own pocket to help those who needed it. He would often share his bonuses with those that worked for him. He got into trouble for this. I’m not sure if he got fired or quit.
      WM likes to brag about how much they give, and contribute to the community. No. They have *giving people that work for them*. The struggling WM employees give millions of dollars each year to help others in need. The last statistic I saw on the Walton kids, and what they gave in one year, was $6000—collectively.
      I have nothing good to say about WM. I don’t shop there. I actively encourage others not to shop there. And, I’m glad you don’t shop there, John. I’m only one person. But I’m one person with principles–who doesn’t shop at WM.
      Have a good day.

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  12. Guess what……..I LOVE WAL-MART, and I will NEVER stop shopping there. OK case closed. I love being a country girl who doesn’t mind the simpler things in life. To heck with the higher end shops that are so over-rated and sale (although decent quality) items WAY over what they should. I love a $10.00 wal-mart shirt. I am not all into the pricier things. No wonder so many people are broke trying to live above their means. Welcome to the Obumer way of life!!!

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    • Every flannel shirt I have bought from WM after washing 3 or 4 times the buttons fall off. 3 yrs ago I bought a flannel shirt made in america and guess what all the buttons are still on it. If you don’t mind supporting communism more power to you. Me I buy american and by doing that I support american workers. Americans that have Americans making their products. Buy American keep a friend employed!

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    • I too love Walmart. And I love your philosophy. You will make some guy a good wife, if you aren’t already.
      “Save Money, Live Better” – Says it all!

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  13. I’ve proudly (and profitably) held shares of WMT for years. A great American company!

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  14. I worked @ Target for 2 years then quit because of a number of reasons.One for the boss being an absolute jerk & 2 because I wasn’t given the raise I did deserve but they gave a younger worker a higher raise & was making more money than me & he had been working there less than half the time I was an employee.Then I worked at WM for only 4 months. The politics in that store was atrocious.You have to be a good buddy or be related to one of the big wigs to get a descent raise and the hours given were usually for the brown nosers that would work while not on the clock.I had to quit working there because of that,plus I found a much better job elsewhere(it wasn’t retail) with better pay & benefits,plus healthcare with the company was more reasonable.I still occasionally shop @ WM but there are other places I go to because the prices are equal or better,the quality is higher and the people working there are far more friendly to their customers.

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  15. Wal-Mart destroyed Mom and Pop retail stores across America! They destroyed my hometown’s Downtown area in a few short years it became a ghost town….absolutely heartbreaking…the heart of a community killed after more than a hundred years of being the soul of the town of 7,000. Walmart is a cancer! Keep it out of your area…if it’s not too late. It will become your only option if you support them. Plenty more reasons to hate Walmart…not enough time.

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    • If you would remember back, those MOM & POP stores of yesteryear were open from 9A.M. to 6P.M. monday through saturday. No after hours, no sunday hours. They had very limited selection in the items carried and very few items. Had those stores of downtown hometown carried a selection and had the hours, stores like walmart would not have had a chance to succeed. When walmart came to town you citizens deserted your mom & pop,hometown,hometown. Don’t cry about walmart, you people left your hometowns high and dry. Blame your foolish selves.

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  16. The main reason I don’t shop at Wal-mart is as others have stated-Chinese junk. I work at a family owned Vacuum & sewing machine sales & service store. How does it survive? By selling quality merchandise. Vacuum cleaners sold at big box stores are garbage- They last 1 or 2 years then you throw them in the landfill & buy another. We cater to the customer who appreciates American or German built quality & is willing to pay more for a product that will last 20 years. When I see the unbelievably horrible quality of most new vacuums & sewing machines I realize that all the other products I don’t know about are probably exactly the same.

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  17. pamela wakefield

    I do like walmart, but not as much as I did. I wish they would bring back layaway. Poor people could do more with there home and clothing and other things. It just leaves is poor people out in the cold. This is the only complaint I have about Walmart.

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  18. Wherever walmart has gone into has killed local mom & pop businesses as well as long standing companies that had been in existence for decades, with employees earning living wages, only to lose their jobs, if not their homes & forced to work at the evil empire for less than poverty level wages!

    Does anyone here remember when televisions and radios were actually made here in the U.S.? “made in japan” was a joke! Now, there is not a TV or radio that’s not made in malaysia or some other third world country!

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  19. Now walmart is going to be in India….

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  20. THE ONLY REASON I DONT LIKE WALMART IS BECAUSE I HAVE TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON MY RECIEPTS BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS TRY AND RIP ME OFF FOR A DOLLAR OR SO ALMOST EVERY TIME I SHOP THERE.

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  21. NOW WALMART IS GOING TO BE IN INDIA? WILL ALL THE WORKERS HAVE ONE OF THOSE SCRATCH OFF SPOTS ON THIER FOREHEADS SO WE CAN SEE IF WE WIN A CONVIENIENCE STOR OR A MOTEL?

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  22. I also hate Walmart. Here’s why, I worked for them. The 2 different stores I worked at both the management staff treated the floor staff like shit. They wouldn’t roll up there shelves at all and belittle you if you took a few minutes longer to build an endcap then they tthougnt it should have. Also at the two I worked for 5he evaluation depended on how well they liked you. Wm is the largest. Retailer in the world granted, but they never ever have enough check outs open. They very seldom have what I need [always out of stock} on the the plus side my x still works there and 5he gets a good profit sharing check. I also worked for Sans club. There the management team was not afraid to get dirty.

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