People in today’s consumer culture are surrounded by many stores to buy products from supermarkets to other stores. Out of all the stores none are as powerful and as big as Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart was founded in 1962 by Samuel Walton. By 1990 it was one of the biggest stores in the United States and in the world with sales of 256.3 billion. This growth however has created a lot of controversy, since among many of the labor related actions against Wal-Mart is a racial discrimination lawsuit. Even as recently as Black Friday at Wal-Mart stores across the country there were many planned rallies and protests to Wal-Mart’s labor practices. Wal-Mart with its 1.3 million workers is a non unionized company. When looking at Wal-Mart when a new Wal-Mart opens up in a town most of the people flock to the store because of its low prices causing the “Wal-Mart effect”, which is the closure of many small businesses around Wal-Mart.
Those however are the negatives to Wal-Mart and it would be unfair when discussing Wal-Mart to just focus on the negatives. As mentioned before Wal-Mart has around 1.3 million workers in the United States. The store has been one of the pioneers logistics and public relations. Wal-Mart is a company that came from practically the middle of nowhere in Northwest Arkansas.
When thinking of a company like Wal-Mart I always think of a rather heated yet important debate going on today in the country which is gun control. When looking at a gun like Wal-Mart they are just objects creations of people. If you never went into Wal-Mart or never picked up a gun they would just sit there and do nothing. I feel when looking at Wal-Mart like guns it is important to recognize that it is the consumer (or in guns case wielder) who is supposed to be in control and not the object itself.
1. When looking at a company like Wal-Mart is it possible to overlook the negatives of Wal-Mart for example the “Wal-Mart effect” and pay more focus to the positives for example its cheaper prices and how it is the most employing business in the country?
2. When it comes to the Wal-Mart effect as mentioned before with gun control analogy do you agree that it is consumers responsibility?
3. have you ever refused to shop at Wal-Mart because of the issues surrounding its policies?