How Has Walmart Changed America

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Since 1962, Wal-Mart has strived to combine convenience and low prices in the retail industry. Staying true to their catchy slogan "Save money. Live better," Wal-Mart has achieved the goal that they have been trying to accomplish. Becoming one of the world 's biggest empire in the market economy in only the span of fifty years, Wal-Mart has taken over the American economy. With the company having "4,000 stores, $245 billion in annual sales, and 100 million customers each week" (Hoenig 47), Wal-Mart has began to overstep boundaries and abuse its power as a company. Treating its employees and partnering companies poorly is only the beginning of Wal-mart 's bad acts. Yes, while Wal-Mart is convenient and has "changed American shopping for the …show more content…
While, according to Jeffrey Garter, "Wal-Mart is now the world 's largest private employer (1.5 million employees)" (24), the company is taking away a lot of factory jobs and many people have become laid off in the recent years because of the company. Wal-Mart uses a "push-pull" method where the companies bully corporations into selling their product at a low price so that Wal-Mart buy their product and sell it for a low price (Wal-Mart). This method is used to help keep Wal-Mart 's prices low. In the documentary Is Wal-Mart Good for America? there is a scene in the second chapter called "Muscling Manufacturers" where Wal-Mart made thousands of employees from Rubbermaid lose their jobs because Rubbermaid wanted Wal-Mart to pay more for their products. Using the "push-pull" method, Wal-Mart was able to bully Rubbermaid to keep its prices the same. True while the valid argument is that the number of jobs that Wal-Mart produces makes up for the lost in other businesses, that does not make the situation morally correct. These factory jobs are being lost to a lowering paying, sales associate job at Wal-Mart. Most of the people who lost their jobs depended heavily on that job as a major source of …show more content…
Granted, some would argue that being an employee at Wal-Mart is not meant to be a true career, which is true do to the fact that it 's more of a teenage job and one doesn’t even need a high school diploma to work there that it should not be a main source of income. While this is true, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a college degree, some employees have setbacks such as children or even a mental disability. Nonetheless there is a fine line to utilizing the employees and overworking them. According to Wal-Mart employee Jennifer McLaughlin, "It 's stressful; they push you to the limit. They want to see how much they can get away with without having to hire someone else" (Olsson 607). One can get an understanding of what a certain company is like just by talking to the employees. Here is a prime example of how Wal-Mart is disregarding personal ethics to make a profit. While there is always the option of just searching for a better job, many are not even be qualified to do

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