I am trying to follow your logic but I am having a hard time. Are you saying that because you suspect that some (or most) companies are corrupt, then it is not worth it to try to make a difference via a boycott when you do have information about the biggest offender?
That's like saying there's no point in donating money to the poor since we all know some charitable organizations are frauds.
Same logic--generalizing to the point of making global statements that provide an excuse for not doing anything about the problem.
I find that type of fatalistic, cynical logic to be really sad. Aren't most of us drawn here to Mothering because we KNOW we can make a difference? Even a small one? I'm talking about people who CAN, okay--not the folks who say they can't afford it or can't get to another store to buy what they need. It saddens me to see people saying it makes no difference where they shop. Well, it does. Sometimes it is the lesser of two evils (just like election day, right?) and sometimes it makes a difference. I'd much rather try to make a difference if I can, however small.
As for my internet service, I am not sure if it's being serviced by folks in India or Pakistan. I have never talked to a foreign service representative, though. I am aware that many companies are using staff in those countries. And while it's not ideal, it's still not to my mind, quite on a par with what WalMart is doing here in this country on so many tiers of their business dealings, from the sales floor all the way up to the top.
We can all come up with examples of other services/businesses who might not be operating in the best interests of America or the local economies that they impact. But last time I checked, this thread was about WalMart and whether they are good, bad, or indifferent. Perhaps someone should start a thread about other big companies and then we can work on boycotting them, too. Hey, I'm all for it, I'm up for boycotting anyone who is as evil as they are. I'm serious!
And no, a company already selling with WalMart cannot do just fine if they refuse to submit to WalMart's demands and lower their price. Because WalMart will put them out on their a*s and losing that quantity of business is devastating. WalMart is much, much bigger than Target so there is really no comparison there.
Originally Posted by wonderwahine
So how do you like that cheaper phone package and your cheap high speed internet then? because its cheaper since they outsourced their telemarketing jobs to india and pakistan!
Everyone wants to label walmart the scapegoat, and I quite frankly think its total BS, it is the US bussiness practices as a whole, and lax laws that caused this, nothing else.
One the rubbermaid etc comment....... they were selling just fine before making a contract with walmart for a cheaper price, and they would have continued to. The difference between rubbermaid products at walmart and target are $1 at best, So I really don't buy that story.