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I shop at Costco because they pay a living wage. I will never go to walmart again.

My family and I spend thousands of dollars at Costco, thousands that walmart will never get. I am a firm believe that we need to vote with our dollars, and let the corporations know why we spend where we spend.

It isn’t enough to tell the world that you boycott Walmart, the world also needs to know that we shop at Costco because they pay better, and if they begin to cut wages we will leave in an instant.

I don’t mean to make this a Costco vs Walmart diary, but the contrast is just so stark that it is easy to make a comparison.

McDonalds vs “In n out burger” presents another moral choice on where we spend our dollars.

Going into a minimum wage store, or restaurant that pays the minimum, the workers look dejected, demoralized and miserable- I don’t blame them, and I feel horrible that these people “earn” 60 dollars a day.

I will no longer take part in rewarding corporate greed. People have done the math. If walmart were to increase the cost of a cart of goods by one dollar or two, they would be able to double wages. Is there any damn reason other than unbridled greed not to make such a simple change? Folks, we are talking about pay 2 dollars more for a cart full of items to double workers salaries!

If a majority of democrats boycotted walmart for a prolonged period- would they care enough about lost sales to increase wages?

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  •  In the last 8+years, I have been in a Walmart (0+ / 0-)

    just one time. I decided a long time ago to stop spending my money there. Walmart pretty much does not exist for me.

    ---
    It may be an adjustment, but it is also possible to choose to eat out rarely, preferably at non-chain places.

    Rarely equals maybe once every two or three months. Eating out is more expensive and not nearly as healthy or hygienic as cooking at home.

    Doing this pretty much guarantees you support local restaurants and that you don't waste money eating out too often when you do go out.

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 11:17:55 PM PDT

  •  And some Costcos are unionized (0+ / 0-)

    Costco has always had a reputation as a business that treats their employees well.  One of their managers told me that they prefer to treat their employees as an asset, not an expense.

    And some stores are unionized.  Wikipedia sez:

    While some former Price Club locations in California and the northeastern United States are staffed by Teamsters,[60] the majority of Costco locations are not unionized although there seems to be a move in 2012 to unionize some locations in Canada.[61] The non-union locations have revisions to their Costco Employee Agreement every three years concurrent with union contract ratifications in locations with collective bargaining agreements. Only remotely similar to a union contract, the Employee Agreement sets forth such things as benefits, compensations, wages, disciplinary procedures, paid holidays, bonuses, and seniority. The employee 'agreement' is subject to change by Costco at any time and offers no absolute protection to the workers. As of March 2011, non-supervisory hourly wages ranged from $11.00 to $21.00 in the United States, $11.00 to $22.15 in Canada, and £6.28 to £10.50 in the United Kingdom. In the US, eighty-five percent of Costco's workers have health insurance, compared with less than fifty percent at Walmart and Target.
    They don't have everything, and since I'm single I often can't use a package of 6 T-bone steaks, but I shop there when I can.

    "Everybody wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to die" --- Albert King

    by HarpboyAK on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 02:06:28 AM PDT

  •  I don't think it's entirely greed. (1+ / 0-)
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    PsychoSavannah

    There's also the need to maintain the myth that money is naturally scarce and acquiring it is inherently good.

    Economists premise their "science" on the assumption that trade and exchange are driven by or instigated by demand. Since, however, it isn't possible for people to know what they want until after they've had a taste or tried it once, demand actually has to be created. And when that reality comes to free goods and people wanting to make a profit off them, the free goods have to be made scarce. Private property rights make free goods (land, air, water) scarce.

    Ideally, money, since it is a figment of the imagination, a symbol of value, much as script is a symbol of speech, is a free good. So, if someone is to make a profit from passing it around, it has to be made scarce. People saving money and giving it to banksters to play with does that. Congress handing over the distribution of currency to the banksters at the Federal Reserve and requiring dollars to be laundered via bonds back to the Treasury for Congress then to spend also makes dollars scarce. Banksters passing dollars around to inflate the value of stocks even as the assets they represent deteriorate also makes dollars scarce.

    That scarcity and failure and planned obsolescence are desiderata is hard for people schooled in the religion of success to understand. But, that's exactly the objective. Western religions excel at making even salvation scarce in order to prompt self-sacrifice. How clever is that?

  •  Economic Power (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, PsychoSavannah

    How we spend our money is the only real power we have; too bad we don't yield it effectively.

    "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

    by Superpole on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 04:01:06 AM PDT

  •  Resources (3+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, PsychoSavannah, oslyn7

    Rating restaurants in terms of treating workers: (Five Guys and In-N-Out rank well for burger places)
    http://rocunited.org/...

    Rating many large companies in several industries (Trader Joe's comes off the best of all companies rated)
    http://www.greenamerica.org/...

    Database of Local Green Businesses:
    http://www.greenpages.org/

    Directory of Food Co-ops around the country (not sure how updated it is):
    http://www.coopdirectory.org/...

    Moving your money/Better Banking options: (Note, Wells Fargo is one big bad bank that seems to have improved since I wrote this)
    http://healthymole.blogspot.com/...

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes! Hey...I had a thought!

    by mole333 on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 04:55:09 AM PDT

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