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.”


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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