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  •  Walmart often drove out competition (6+ / 0-)

    I don't knock people shopping at Walmart who have no other reasonable alternative now, and you're spot on that many places this is the case.

    Unfortunately, one of the reasons many of these places lack alternatives is that Walmart drove the local shops and regional chains out with cutthroat business practices. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, Walmart's practices in rural America are despicable. On the other hand, I feel like locals could have seen it coming more often than they did and done a better job supporting their neighbors' stores to keep them from going out of business.

    •  They are still working on doing that (8+ / 0-)

      We have 2 supercenter stores within 6 miles of each other, and they just went through a legal ramrod to put a third one just 4 miles away from one of them. In addition, they have just announced plans for a smaller store 1 mile away from the third one.

      Once they kill off most of the local businesses, they will most likely close two of them leaving their empty bloated husks blighting the landscape.

      The Golden Rule isn't so golden if you don't polish it with every soul you meet. (-6.5,-4.1)

      by minidriver on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 10:59:53 AM PST

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    •  Luckily in my area, (2+ / 0-)
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      they haven't managed to force out some of the bigger regional chains.  We still have a few Targets, Meijers, and Krogers in my city, despite having a Wal-Mart or two as well.  Hell, the Sears store out here has even managed to hold on, somehow.

      My local K-Mart, on the other hand, is just sad now.  I hate going in there, it's depressing.

    •  My issue is (0+ / 0-)

      Not that this reason is invalid. The problem is it's the same thing I've been hearing forever. And the conversation usually ends there, without the acknowledgement that those of us against such structural domination have a collective responsibility to start coming up with solutions and alternatives and putting them into practice, despite how difficult it will be in the beginning. These corporations are counting on consumers being too tired and busy from the daily grind to pick up inertia and go out of their own way to support better business practices.

      Is fheàrr fheuchainn na bhith san dùil

      by bull8807 on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 08:12:31 AM PST

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