Seen the Documentary “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices” (218/366)

“Why is it that a corporation that in 2003 had an outstanding $240 billion in sales will not provide a livable wage and affordable health care for their employees?”  ~ Diane DeVoy, Walmart Employee – 6 years
“There’s no where around that there’s a company that makes this much money and still turns around and makes their associates go to the state for aid.” ~ Stan Fortune, Walmart District Loss Prevention Manager – 17 years

 

Several years ago, I saw a trailer for a documentary called, “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices” and I thought it sounded very compelling; but there isn’t a Wal-Mart that close to us and I never really made special trips to go shop there, so I didn’t think it was that important that I watch it.  I wasn’t supporting them, so I figured I was already kinda doing my part, if they weren’t doing good business or taking care of their employees.

I was wrong.  Tonight, we finally got a chance to see this film, and even though I’ve heard there was another documentary made defending WalMart (the man who made it actually later turned against the retail giant, after they implemented wage caps on certain employees), and though they have had time to clean up their act since this documentary was made, this is an urgently important film to see.

Here’s the trailer:

I like saving money (and need to) as much as anyone, and I know that employing laborers in other countries saves many, many American companies astronomical amounts of money every day – and that this does not stop in the manual labor arena.  There is no simple answer for everything, but it is important that we at the very least become as educated as possible with the businesses with which we may be spending our money, so that we can make better informed decisions.  If you care how your dollars are affecting commerce and America’s quality of life, you need to watch this documentary, and others like it.  It is available on Netflix streaming (among other places).

 

Related Links:
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (DVD)

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One Response to “Seen the Documentary “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices” (218/366)”
  1. Ying says:

    I.DO.NOT.LIKE.WALMART. That said, one of the few good stories I’ve heard recently is that what once was a Walmart is now the largest single-story public library in the United States, the McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas. It’s the size of 2.5 football fields and has been selected by the International Interior Design Association as the winner of their 2012 Library Interior Design Competition.

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