The Pros And Cons Of Walmart

Wal-mart is a large big box retail store that sells a wide variety of products. In the past, Wal-mart has done some dishonest things, “A New York times story alleged that Wal-mart bribed officials in Mexico to allow the company to open stores in Mexico” (Mielach 3). Also that is not all that has been learned about Wal-mart, notice that in general, “The only studies that support Big Wally are funded by or through Wal-mart” (Barrison 3). That is just a bit suspicious is it not? However, the issue does not stop there. Wal-mart is bad for small businesses and towns because it is too aggressive in the way it does business. Now first the question should be asked: Is Wal-mart inherently a bad company? The answer is yes, and that needs to be …show more content…
Here are three the first being shown in this statistic “Homes located within half a mile of the Wal-mart rose in value 2%” (Tuttle 1). This shows that Wal-mart does give a little back to the community, because this can help the owners of the properties because they can charge higher for rent and taxes,so in short, It makes everything around it more valuable. Another thing is that “Replacing a business that buys and sells merchandise, hires employees, and pumps money back into the economy with a one man art gallery… is not a good trade” (Barret 1). Wal-mart may replace places like one man art galleries, which are not an economically efficient as Wal-mart . The final reason Wal-mart might be good, is that in truth only “ local small companies that are competing directly with Wal-mart may go out of business” (Barret 1). When thought about this is kind of obvious, of course a company will lose to one that is bigger and has cheaper products if they try and sell the exact same thing, so no real argument against that one, but does the good outweigh the …show more content…
The first issue coming from a city official who helped bring Wal-mart to her town, “I was fighting for young people to have an opportunity to get a star in the working world… now it is mostly adults working” (Mitts 1). What probably happened here is Wal-mart showed up, closed all the businesses, then all the adults had to work at Wal-mart since they no longer had jobs. This next person found an interesting statistic while researching Wal-mart, “the proliferation of Wal-mart supercenters explains 10.5% of the rise in obesity” (Tuttle 2). So, we now have another big business making America fat. Looks like it really does deserve the nickname Big Wally, emphasis on the “big”. The issue brought up next is from the NY Daily News site in the article “Study proves it: Walmart super-stores kill off local small businesses”, “hoping to capitalize on the high unemployment and a protracted recession to scare New Yorkers into thinking that Wal-mart and Wal-mart alone can propel our struggling communities” (Barrison 1). Seems like New Yorkers are when it comes to their city, they don’t seem to buy into the, why Wal-mart is great speech. The same article went on and “dubbed Wal-mart’s store a wash generating no new sales revenue…, and no new jobs for hard-off residents” (Barrison 2). Wal-mart’s not doing too well as far as appearances go. So, what should be done to counteract

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