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I can honestly say, I buy things such as cleaning products, feminine products, and small things because they are a lot cheaper than say a Target or grocery store.
italian princess - you got it. their labor policies suck. the environmental policies leave a lot to be desired. and corporate chain stores are just shitty for small business economy (which i'm a big fan of).
kellywood - rock on!
pgeorgian - $3.50 canadian is a cheap price for your conscience ;-)
this msnbc article was an enlightening read as well:
Thousands of adolescents work as unpaid baggers in Wal-Mart’s Mexican stores. The retail giant isn’t breaking any laws—but that doesn’t mean the government is happy with the practice.
So many reasons:
-their refusal to prescribe the morning-after pill
-their (undisclosed) censorship of music and movies
-their labour conditions
-their expansion strategy (there's a reason the mom-and-pops are disappearing!)
-their response to the formation of the first ever Wal-Mart employees' union, in Jonquiere, Quebec (immediately closing the store and reopening in a nearby town with all new employees).
On the other hand I am unwilling to condemn people who may not have any choice but to shop there, financially. I just wish that there were a way to make the "real" costs of their products get included in their prices.
Then "USA" if possible.
But I really try to avoid "made in china"
I think 99% of walmarts product is made in china
I buy things from walmart about 2 or 3 times a year, usually stuff my husband wants. I refuse to shop at Sams Club, period.
It's twofold for me: One, I sincerely dislike walmart business practices. Two, I sincerely dislike any walmart shopping experiences, which is part of the snob in me. It's a different world in there compared to Target, or any other chain or locally owned store. I dislike the way the store is set up, how cluttered it is. I dislike how the employees behave. I dislike the way my fellow shoppers push through the aisles, their attitudes, their children. Yes, I am a snob like that, I admit it. But if I am going to spend money I expect to enjoy the shopping experience, and there is nothing enjoyable about stepping foot in a walmart to me.
And something about the idea of buying food from a super walmart has just always grossed me out. I have read a lot of stuff recently too, about the very inferior quality of their so-called organic products, which of course makes me like them even less.