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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

More Walmart

Here's a link to a site called "Americans for Wal-Mart," a pro-Wal-Mart site. Therein it says:

"In 2004, Wal-Mart bought $18 billion worth of goods from China. By contrast, the company spent $150 billion with 61,000 suppliers here in the United States, supporting some 3 million supplier jobs in this country."

...Food for thought, inexpensive food...

- Posted by Pat Cleary


Blogger Cullen Linebarger said...

The site makes great points about the benefits of free trade and the success of Wal-Mart as a business model. It is naive to think that more trade with China will make it less likely for them to cheat on trade, which they are doing. It is important to remember too that the toys with lead came from China.
The United States must continue to pressure China to alter its trade polices for more fair and balanced trade policies. Otherwise, they will continue to serve as our bankers and while Wal-Mart benefits, the rest of us lose.

1:13 PM  
Blogger mnordman said...

I think a site and group like this is necessary because there are two sides to every story. I wholeheartedly continue to agree with the fact that no one interviews the people who shop at Wal-Mart and are satisfied as this site says that there are 100 million satisfied shoppers who do business there. Sure some don't like it, but Wal-Mart has not completely cut off every option.

Also, I thought the part about Wal-Mart workers being satisfied with their wages and benefits as compared to other retail jobs was interesting/surprising. The truth of the matter is that there's always going to be some good and bad to a company and the same is true with Wal-Mart. I think they realize that they have to work on some things but I don't think they should be as demonized as they often are.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Fi5hburn said...

I completely agree. It is rare to find a corporation that pleases everyone, all of the time. It's also necessary to have both sides of the story available so that the consumer can make informed decisions for his/ her self.

3:11 PM  

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