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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price? 
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Received this DVD on last week. I was expecting a way more...

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This documentary takes the viewer on a deeply personal journey into the everyday lives of families struggling to fight Goliath. From a family business owner in the Midwest to a preacher in California, from workers in Florida to a poet in Mexico, dozens of film crews on three continents bring the intensely personal stories of an assault on families and American values.


In the activist circles Walmart seems to be what McDonalds was a decade ago, the number one target for those who want to vent anger.

Practically the DVD shows the usual corporate practices: swindling, bribery, monopoly use and all that. Nothing new under the sun, I guess.

How does Wal-mart affect your life?
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Quite interesting read at Littleindia.com (linky linky)
Seems that the theory "If it works in USA, it should work everyone" didn't work at all countries. Kind of scary how much power one company can have:

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Never mind that Wal-Mart's $315.6 billion in global sales last year is about the size of the entire Indian retail industry.

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I'm a hypocrite. I think Wal-mart is essentially bad but still go there to buy cheap underwear.


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I find it absolutely delicious that Tesco and other major retailers were able to block Walmart from the British Isles on competition grounds only to become the UK equivalent themselves.


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I have no problem whatsoever with Walmart although I only entered the store about 2 times, and I must admit to finding what I wanted (cheap and poor quality, good enough for my first apartment!)


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I find it absolutely delicious that Tesco and other major retailers were able to block Walmart from the British Isles on competition grounds only to become the UK equivalent themselves.


Yeah but they got round it cos Walmart own Asda & they're starting to undercut everyone.

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Wal-Mart rules! We have a 24 hour one about 25 minutes away, and when you need something late night, they have it. I always go late at night looking for a good movie or videogame. Cheap clothes, shit they have my vote!


The reason they are so successful is because they changed their buisness model. Took less money from the customer and spent less in Distribution. Other companies are jealous of their sucess, that's all.

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CEO says Wal-Mart needs low-cost imports
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Chief Executive Lee Scott defended Wal-Mart's reliance on low-cost imports Thursday against what he called emerging economic nationalism. Scott told a retailing conference he would like to stock more American-made goods but that Wal-Mart's business model is based on offering the lowest price for consumers who cannot afford to spend more.

Scott was answering a question from an audience member who wanted to know if Wal-Mart would buy more U.S.-made products to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of global transport and to bring manufacturing jobs back from places like China.

"Right now, the way it works, our model is `We sell for less.' If we put products out there and we have to sell them for more because our competitors are sourcing more efficiently and more effectively for the same quality of product, our model doesn't work. We cannot be at a price disadvantage," Scott said.

"Lest anybody forget, 20 percent of Wal-Mart's customers don't have a checking account and they do not have the economic luxury of making a broader social statement," he told a conference of the Center for Retailing Excellence, part of the University of Arkansas' Sam M. Walton Business College.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which imported $18 billion in goods from China in 2004, has been a lightening rod for critics who say overseas buying by retailers has cost U.S. manufacturing jobs. Wal-Mart has said it finds the lowest prices for its customers and creates jobs at its stores.

Scott said Wal-Mart is willing to pay as much as 5 percent to 10 percent more than a foreign-source price for some products made in America, but that many goods will never be made here again because the economy has become global.

"Even with the economic nationalism that's emerging today, the anti-China kind of thing, much of the product, if it moves out of China because of tariffs, is going to move to Indonesia or Vietnam or Cambodia," Scott said.

"Those products where there's no more value added by expertise in the work force, those products are going to move around the world, and they have for years."

Scott said he expects "economic nationalism" to remain a hot button issue in U.S. politics because of presidential and congressional elections next year.


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We don't have it over here and I couldn't care less.

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Around here, it's the most convenient place to go. They have practically everything I need, so it saves me the time that it would take to go to 50 different places...

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Read the stories on how they screw the employees and whatnot on the net. They aren't all that friendly to employees and my girlfriend gets pissed at me if I buy something there (hey, i didn't feel like dealing with traffic heading into next state over the line from me and I just happened to be near a wal-mart...lol). But I try to avoid going there just because of their business practices that have been brought to light over the past few years and stories of how they treat their employees.

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I refuse to shop at Wal-Mart. I haven't been to one in years, and I don't plan on visiting one anytime soon.

Oh...another Wal-Mart is opening! Jobs galore for the depressed area. Yeah, right. Low wages, they don't give their employees 40 hours/week so they can become full-time and receive benefits, parkinglot robberies and attacks... Just the kind of environment I want when I go shopping. Not.

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:D From Tescopoly book, but quite fitting for Wal-Mart topic too.
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Due to the increased concentration of ownership in everything from coffee shops to clothing stores, the big brands made it harder for smaller and more diverse outlets to get a foodhold in the marketplace. By driving up rents, suffocating town centers with their shopfronts, wielding massive marketing budgets and controlling global supply chains, the clone store companies ensure that small and indepentent stores frequently cannot compete.
Identikit commercial culture also has a darker side. The death of diversity can undermine democracy, attack our sense of place and belonging and therefore our well-being too. It can hand power to unaccountable corporate elits, and ultimately it can pull apart the rich weave of natural systems upon which our livelihood and economy depend.


Democracy? Values? Diversity? Who cares.

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Gotta get hands on this DVD

Thanks for this thread, will get this asap.

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I actually protested their plan to edge into Inglewood, CA and had been in contact with the director Robert Greenwald. I also monitored the fox news channel for him for his doc Outfoxed. He's not a very visionary documentarian, but he does go where the material leads him, unlike Michael Moore, who decides what the results are going to be -then makes them happen.
I thought the strongest material in Walmart:The High Cost... was addressing that there are literally hundreds of cameras inside the store to monitor employee theft, but almost no security cameras in the parking lot where several customers and employees have been raped, attacked and killed. That's a very mercenary way to turn a dime. They don't pay benefits, they make employees clock out but keep working, and stretch overtime pay to next period checks and force shift changes. They bring in cheap, foreign made goods and dictate taste in the majority of markets in middle America. In many desolate areas, Walmart is the only record store, department store, and grocery store. The place is fucked. I refuse to shop there.
The label that distributes the film is called DisInformation. They put out a lot of great DVDs, and also have a book publishing division that is even better.


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Unrelated to Wal-Mart but related to the general topic:

Regarding the shooting in Omaha
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Surveillance video and still images of the attack show Hawkins initially walking into the mall unarmed. He returned to the store six minutes later, according to timestamps on the footage.

As far I have read the commentary of the shooting, the police has the guy's every step filmed inside the mall, but no footage of him on the parking lot where he picked up the AKS. So this "uncovered" parking lot "security" is a bigger American wide issue than just one facing the Wal-Mart shops?

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Walmart is ready for attack.

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Thus, the company is in the beginning stages of a massive store and strategy remodeling effort, which it has dubbed Project Impact. One goal of Project Impact is cleaner, less cluttered stores that will improve the shopping experience. Another is friendlier customer service. A third: home in on categories where the competition can be killed. "They've got Kmart ready to take a standing eight-count next year," says retail consultant Burt Flickinger III, managing director for Strategic Resources Group and a veteran Walmart watcher. "Same with Rite Aid. They've knocked out four of the top five toy retailers, and are now going after the last one standing, Toys "R" Us. Project Impact will be the catalyst to wipe out a second round of national and regional retailers."


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business is business and it sucks. you can't win. but i'm cool.


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'No Logo' by Naomi Klein should be an interesting read if you want a bit more insight into the workings of huge corporate entities and how little they care about employers and customers alike.

The book is from 2000, so maybe a bit dated from US perspective, but in Europe all of this is very current.

Passive boycotting such as never going there to shop will get harder as more and more small stores have to close and become slowly replaced. Starbucks sometimes even plays an even uglier game by totally saturating a city to the point they start to lose money themselves, but after a while all the small shops have closed and once that has happened, starbucks closes a ton of shops themselves so they can drive up the prices and start the money making process. At that point your only choice is starbucks as everything else had to close, on top of that its expensive too.
McDonalds is known to sue anything and everybody in the food business that has a 'Mc' in their name, most of the time they get away with it too and if they can't, they'll just open up a store right next-door to the offender or force the owner of the shops building to increase the rent etc etc.

Typical american style corporatism. If you can stomach more after 'No Logo', then read 'The Shock Doctrine' from the same author to learn how this corporatism has slowly been forced onto various countries over the past 40 years (and still today), resulting in mass unemployment and poverty for the general population and ridiculous wealth for the few. All under the ridiculous motto of 'free market = democracy'... yeah, right.

It's only going to get worse and at this rate it will end in more crises in which the regular people end up paying for the disasters the greedy corporate world created. And as long as regular people remain this hysterical about needing jobs and taking any fucking retarded job they can, it will never improve.
If you want to do something against the corporate world ruining everything, lower your dependancy on money. Money has way too much value in this society, as long as people think that earning money is the most important thing in life, then those that pay you your wages are in control of your life - most of the time they know it, most of the time you dont. Won't be easy as the american corporatist movement has basically decreed that people without money are also people without rights and the media always tell you to live a life that you can't afford to live and you don't have to live. There's more to life than material wealth, folks.

Pretty sad state of affairs for a race that calls itself intelligent.

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I work at Wal-Mart part time. I actually dont mind it. Its probably a shitload better than most jobs that are available to a 17 year old kid, anyways.

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