I was wandering around my local Wal-Mart today thinking about how wonderful it is to have a place where people of limited means can buy high quality products (food, clothing, medicine, and just about anyting else you can think of) at very low prices.
So, why do so many people oppose having Wal-Marts in their neighborhoods? I can understand the opposition from all those who own the overpriced businesses the Wal-Mart will put out of business, but why would any consumer be opposed to having such a terrific place to shop?
People talk about how local shops that give individual service will be put out of business. But if these shops are actually providing a service that Wal-Mart does not, and people value that service, people will continue to shop in these smaller places and the shops will continue to thrive. If they are forced out of business, it will be because their service wasn’t that valuable after all.
I love having Wal-Marts near to me and shop in them every week. How do you folks feel about them, and what has been your actual experience with them? Anyone actually work there and can shed any light on the gender discrimination charges? As to that last point, I speak in total ignorance, but suspect the charges are more trumped up than real. But, I’d love to hear from folks who actually know something about the facts behind the charges.