Wal-Mart Cognitive Dissonance

From a Plain Dealer Editorial:

There's much to criticize about Wal-Mart's business practices, but let's be honest: Wal-Mart is already in this market. City residents regularly trek to its suburban stores. Why shouldn't they be able to shop closer to home - in stores that employ their neighbors and pay taxes to support city services - if they choose? A full-service Wal-Mart at Steelyard Commons surely will hurt some city merchants, including grocery stores. Any new enterprise may hurt someone's business; that's called competition.

This is not much more than an argument for convenience, while at the same time stating that there are local businesses already filling the need. It also seems to be saying that if Wal-Mart hurts local businesses then that is good for Cleveland. Right.

And in Sam Fulwood III's column:

"Fighting Wal-Mart and keeping real jobs in Cleveland was a top priority for us," he said. "Yes, they seem to have gotten by us for the moment, but we're still going to fight them."

Nah, that battle is likely over. Give Wal-Mart its laurels and watch the small neighborhood businesses die.

What is all this giving up crap? What is all this spreading our legs for ubiquitous big boxes? "Oh, please, Wal-Mart, smack me around and treat me like a two-bit whore! Move in with me, I'll pay for your every need, just give it to me good."

Bah.

Thus ends my unusual burst of ranting.

6 thoughts on “Wal-Mart Cognitive Dissonance

  1. I sure­ly hope Walmart weeds out all the small busi­ness­es that seem to be the sight of rob­beries and shoot­ings.

    Those places are re­al­ly good for the lo­cal neigh­bor­hood. You can buy beer, cig­a­rettes, your lot­tery tick­ets and a bot­tle of ketchup for $3.95 when it’s a $1.99 at WalMart.

  2. Yeah, how dare WalMart come in and hire 1000 peo­ple! How dare they pro­vide prod­ucts at low­er prices, rais­ing the stan­dard of liv­ing for every­one! They don’t pay what you think they should, so you’d rather see those peo­ple stay un­em­ployed.

    Sorry, but I find the at­tacks on WalMart to be noth­ing more than elit­ism.

  3. Matt,

    I can see where you are com­ing from, I thought the same thing a while back but then I checked out a few things like how can they of­fer such great prices? Well they force their sup­pli­er to give Wall-Mart price re­duc­tions each time con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions are re­newed. It is as if each time you are due for a raise your com­pa­ny low­ered your salary. The re­sult is low­er prices but the sup­pli­ers need to al­so make mon­ey so it starts a cir­cle of out­sourc­ing. lay­ing off, mov­ing plants over­seas. The jobs that are of­fered are re­tail jobs with an em­pha­sis on part-time work­ers, in­ad­e­quate ben­e­fits and low-wages. And part-time Wal-Mart work­ers are not el­i­gi­ble for fam­i­ly med­ical cov­er­age and be­come el­i­gi­ble for in­di­vid­ual cov­er­age af­ter two years with the com­pa­ny. Wal-Mart crit­ics con­tend its wages and ben­e­fits are so poor a big­ger share of its work­ers must re­ly on as­sis­tance fund­ed by tax­pay­ers. Now, that is mon­ey straight out of our pock­ets for fam­i­lies to take care of their chil­dren, these are American chil­dren of work­ing fam­i­lies. We are shop­ping our­selves out of jobs? Is that the lega­cy that you want for your kids?

  4. Hi Daniella,

    A thought­ful re­ply to Matt — but a ques­tion. Are you as op­posed to Lowe’s, Target, HD, et al that wish to lo­cate in CLE? Your com­ments, please.

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