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Please check out this site:<br><br><a href="http://walmartwatch.com/" target="_blank">http://walmartwatch.com/</a><br><br>
Click on "Issues" on the top bar. It brings up all the issues concerning Sprawlmart. They include Discrimination against the disabled, minority workers, and women (the latter being the largest class action lawsuit in US history). Other issues are health care, union busting, the environment (don't believe the lies people), political influence and taxes (did you know the CEO, Steve Walton is a personal close friend of George W. Bush?), community impact (putting small business out of business), Corporate culture, and finally, the Supply Chain (where sweatshops and places like Sai Pan come into play).<br><br>
And for the past decade or so, Walmart and other corporations have had factories in Sai Pan that basically uses indentured servants (slaves), that are women from Asian countries, to work their factories, and there are horrors like forced abortions, terrible living conditions, and more.<br><br>
I am tired of hearing people and reading posts from people about how they have to shop at Walmart because they are too poor. Shop at thrift stores. Shop at small businesses. Shop your local farmer's market. Make things when you can.<br><br>
People need to stop shopping at Walmart. Now. It is disgusting. It is the worst thing that you can do for your environment, your community, and your family. And everyone's future.
 

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I also want to mention that Sams Club is a Walmart company.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/caffix.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="coffee"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/homebirth.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="Homebirth"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am tired of hearing people and reading posts from people about how they have to shop at Walmart because they are too poor. Shop at thrift stores. Shop at small businesses. Shop your local farmer's market. Make things when you can.</div>
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i worked at Wal Mart for two years along with DH and let me tell you we are not fans! but let's be realistic and a little kinder to our fellow human beings. not everyone has the luxuries you mentioned above. it doesn't make them evil people or ignorant etc etc. don't judge until you have to live in these people's area and out of their wallets. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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[QUOTE political influence and taxes (did you know the CEO, Steve Walton is a personal close friend of George W. Bush?), /QUOTE]<br><br>
Well, then, maybe they are almost conservative enough for me to support them. Nah, they aren't because of THIS:<br><br><a href="http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/community/eminent.html" target="_blank">http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/community/eminent.html</a><br><br>
And THIS:<br><br><a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/crunchycon/2006/09/how-wal-mart-harms-free-market.html" target="_blank">http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/crunc...ee-market.html</a><br><br>
And more, that conservatives can find for themselves or pm me about.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
There are few topics that can mobilize <i>both</i> conservatives and liberals, but the abuses Walmart engages in is one of them. Walmart must be really, really bad to somehow manage that!
 

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You complain about making less money for being a woman yet men: Gave you the right to vote, in the event of a fire or flood get your fat ass out before leaving themselves, typically pay for the food on a date, and buys you jewelery because thats one of the few reasons you love him.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i worked at Wal Mart for two years along with DH and let me tell you we are not fans! but let's be realistic and a little kinder to our fellow human beings. not everyone has the luxuries you mentioned above. it doesn't make them evil people or ignorant etc etc. don't judge until you have to live in these people's area and out of their wallets. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:</div>
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yes, please don't judge! BUT, i am a single student mother, on welfare, and i manage not to shop at walmart EVER. i think people who want to look down on others for shopping at walmart should <i>first</i> be doing everything they possibly can to help those people NOT to shop there.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">[QUOTE political influence and taxes (did you know the CEO, Steve Walton is a personal close friend of George W. Bush?), /QUOTE]<br><br>
Well, then, maybe they are almost conservative enough for me to support them. Nah, they aren't because of THIS:<br><br><a href="http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/community/eminent.html" target="_blank">http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/community/eminent.html</a><br><br>
And THIS:<br><br><a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/crunchycon/2006/09/how-wal-mart-harms-free-market.html" target="_blank">http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/crunc...ee-market.html</a><br><br>
And more, that conservatives can find for themselves or pm me about.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
There are few topics that can mobilize <i>both</i> conservatives and liberals, but the abuses Walmart engages in is one of them. Walmart must be really, really bad to somehow manage that!</div>
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wow, how refreshing to see a true conservative in the house. Been awhile.
 

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It's funny, I hear that same argument from people who shop at Wal-Mart about how they are too poor to shop anywhere else. Then, the same people buy all sorts of crap they never needed because it was cheap. They probably end up spending more money than if they had just gone to the regular grocery store and bought what was on their shopping list.<br><br>
I stopped shopping at Wal-Mart... let's see, about 7 years ago. I noticed pretty quickly that I spent <i>alot</i> less money and was much happier not thinking that I always had to buy stuff. I also got rid of my tv about the same time so that helped too.
 

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I haven't shopped at Walmart for over a year now unless it's something I need online (like a sewing machine)<br>
Ours is skanky and gross here
 

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Thank you for posting this. I boycott Wal-Mart and have for some time.<br><br>
They wanted to put a store next to my town in a completely inappropriate location and we formed a citizen's group and beat them, but it took a long time and lots of $$$.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thank you for posting this. I boycott Wal-Mart and have for some time.<br><br>
They wanted to put a store next to my town in a completely inappropriate location and we formed a citizen's group and beat them, but it took a long time and lots of $$$.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/thanks.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thanks"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow2"> You rock for doing that! They are working on keeping WalMart (or any other for that matter) Super stores out of San Diego area. It's disgusting to me that there is even a possibility for them, there are 3 Wal-Marts in Oceanside already! It's ridiculous. Thanks for reminding me to help out in any way possible.
 

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Aside from all of the ethics behind shopping at Wal-Mart, I always wonder how people cope w/the chaos of meandering through the crowded parking lot and conjested aisles? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Serious question, though. Is McDonalds equal to Wal-Mart now that you see many of the golden arches in a Wal-Mart? I hate the marketing of the silly promotional toys. Even homeschooled and TV-free kids can't escape the magnetic attraction of, say, a Shrek toy or a Pirates of the Carribean gadget.<br><br>
I'm wondering if McDonald's is lesser of two evils?
 

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I am tired of hearing people and reading posts from people about how they have to shop at Walmart because they are too poor. Shop at thrift stores. Shop at small businesses. Shop your local farmer's market. Make things when you can.</div>
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I'm sorry you are tired of hearing it. I'm tired of living it, myself. Trust me, if I had other options I'd use them. I try to avoid shopping there as much as possible, but when times are especially tough, which is often lately, I get some things there. My dh works there so the discount is helpful. We live in a wealthy area. The majority of the people here make 6 figures or above. Only 3% of our area's population is in our low income bracket. Thrift stores do not have food. The majority of the farmer's markets in our area are more expensive than the grocery store. I do try to shop the inexpensive ones when I can, but their selection is usually very tiny or they are not open. Being a yuppie town, small businesses have completely died. The only small businesses here are auto repair. I do try to make things when I can, but I am so not talented in that area <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I am dreaming of the day when we are in a better situation and can shop at better places. When that happens, I will quite happily stop shopping at Wal-Mart and other big stores. Until then...<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's funny, I hear that same argument from people who shop at Wal-Mart about how they are too poor to shop anywhere else. Then, the same people buy all sorts of crap they never needed because it was cheap. They probably end up spending more money than if they had just gone to the regular grocery store and bought what was on their shopping list.</div>
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I can only speak for myself, but we don't buy crap we don't need. I stick to my list.
 

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I am tired of hearing people and reading posts from people about how they have to shop at Walmart because they are too poor. Shop at thrift stores. Shop at small businesses. Shop your local farmer's market. Make things when you can.</div>
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Ok I get the thrift store thing for clothes and used goods but you lost me at the rest. What about places where farmers markets aren't open year round? We only have a farmers market two months out of the year so what about the other twelve months? And most small businesses have higher prices than megastores like walmart so how is that going to save them money? If your going to offer alternatives because people are using the "poor excuse" they need to at least be workable. I'm glad we have the commissary to shop at otherwise I can see shopping walmart for their prices.
 

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Isn't shopping at Wal-Mart <span style="text-decoration:underline;">only</span> for food hurting the store? Because they are a loss leader?<br><br>
I don't shop at Wal-Mart because I was one of those people who always bought junky useless stuff I didn't need! Plus I quit chemical cleaners, detergents, and body products, paper products and disposable diapers. There is really nothing there for me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Isn't shopping at Wal-Mart <span style="text-decoration:underline;">only</span> for food hurting the store? Because they are a loss leader?<br><br>
I don't shop at Wal-Mart because I was one of those people who always bought junky useless stuff I didn't need! Plus I quit chemical cleaners, detergents, and body products, paper products and disposable diapers. There is really nothing there for me.</div>
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I thought this until about two weeks ago and continued to by food/groceries from Wal-mart even though I felt icky for doing so. Then I read <a href="http://v.mercola.com/blogs/public_blog/Another-Reason-Not-to-Buy-Food-From-Wal-Mart-18212.aspx" target="_blank">this</a><br><br>
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The stories told in this article reveal that the bulk of the Chinese are not benefiting from this massive increase in economic growth. They are losing their connection to ancient traditions in exchange for a piece of the "good life," which never materializes.<br><br>
The Western countries that "benefit" from the explosive growth of imported fresh produce from China have the potential for some pretty dire health ramifications. The real price for cheap strawberries year-round may end up being your health.<br><br>
Factory-farming is really only good for the owner of the factory, not the workers and not the recipients. When you abandon time-tested methods of growing food and start the processing early up the food chain you significantly deteriorate the quality of the food.<br><br>
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So for health and morality reasons I have completely stopped shopping at Wal-mart and we are editing our budget accordingly. Not easy, but thankfuly do-able. And it feels SO GOOD! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I feel really bad for poor rural people who don't have an option to shop anywhere else.<br><br>
Fortunately, I live in a wealthy area with a lot of food options open to me. Walmart is a very small store that gets little business because we have nicer options. A half-hour away, they have a super walmart but that area is poorer and more rural. I don't shop at walmart for all the reasons mntioned. I shop at a local family owned whole foods store when I can. I am starting to buy grass fed organic milk because I worry about all the corn that finds its way into our foodchain. I also shop at Wegmans, but I like supporting the small store.
 

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I have managed to not shop at wal-mart for almost 2 years now...we get most of our groceries at Publix, get a lot of dry goods and food at Costco, get organic food for the baby at Whole Foods and get everything else at Target. It does make our Saturday shopping expeditions a bit long...but it is worth it to me to not support Wal-Mart!!!<br><br>
Publix has a lot of organic food now, and target carries a ton of Method non-toxic cleaning products...I love being Wal-Mart FREE!!!!<br><br>
We are not rolling in the dough- pretty solidly middle class(I'm a social worker, fiance works for aluminum company).
 

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I have to say that I am in one of those low-income situations. I'm 7 months pregnant with no job, BF goes to college full-time and has a job at office max making minimum wage. We would not have a place to live if it wasn't for his student loans. WIC, food stamps, freecycle, the farmers' market and food pantries have been a life saver. They make it possible for me to have absolutely no need for Wal-mart, and I couldn't be happier.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">yes, please don't judge! BUT, i am a single student mother, on welfare, and i manage not to shop at walmart EVER. i think people who want to look down on others for shopping at walmart should <i>first</i> be doing everything they possibly can to help those people NOT to shop there.</div>
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I shop at thrift stores several times a week with my little lists of things to get- dish drainer, curtain- things around the house that I hate to pay full price for. Art Supplies are so cheap at thrift stores! I think I buy about 75 percent of my household stuff used. However, when I can't find something for weeks used, I tend to break down and buy it at "the place that must not be named." Either there or Fred Meyer. And I get fabric there from time to time, but I find that used a lot too. I think that Walmart sucks and I think that buying things new sucks too. And the thing I always seem to forget is that when I finally do break down and just get it at WM, it is the crappiest quality! I bought an ironing board there because everything was a little worn at the thrift store, but this one I got was toxic and shoddy- It'll probably break in a month, so is it really cheaper if you have to buy things over and over? Overall I feel okay about what I'm doing because I'm genuinely striving to use as little resources as I can, but I can always try to be better. I really wish fabric wasn't such an expensive thing- the only local place has mainly high end fabrics at min 8 bucks a yard, and most are 10-30! I wonder if Jo-anns is as crappy as walmart? Anyways, my post is meandering and disjointed, but all I'm trying to say is that we all should do what we can and strive to do better.
 
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