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Six More Reasons To Avoid Walmart This Holiday Season

Six More Reasons To Avoid Walmart This Holiday Season

This year on Black Friday, American shoppers spent more than $11 billion dollars at big box retailers. One of the largest beneficiaries of this rampant consumerism was Walmart.

And not only did families spend huge percentages of their annual budget at Walmart, they also took the opportunity to exemplify the holiday spirit by trampling each other, snatching low price, low quality items out of each others shopping carts, and blasting each other in the face with pepper spray.

The 1% hails holiday shopping as a boon for the economy, but when it takes place at multi-national corporate storefronts, it’s really nothing more than a psychological trick to pad their pocketbooks.

With our country divided and an economy that’s barely hanging on by a thread, it’s time to think about what else we’re giving away by shopping at social and financial gluttons like Walmart.

Check out Frugal Dad’s infographic demonstrating the crushing Weight of Walmart, and if you find the statistics as shocking as we do, please share it with everyone you know.

Walmart Infographic

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2:32PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Walmart is cheap, and sells cheaply made goods, has horrible service, long waiting lines at the checkout, and those employees in their blue vests are not generally knowledgeable or helpful, inspite of the marketing and advertising hype. It is a place I try to avoid--and I only go there to buy branded goods that are cheaper than elsewhere--if I have the time to wait on lines.

They should strike and unionize--Walmart not only exploits its employees, also its suppliers, and the Waltons get rich and give back very little.

Yes, boycott, and start something new--Walmart is passe.

7:41AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Walmart sells mostly Chinese, so I say Yeah! Buy American Only! Oh, I forgot...we don't make anything here. Anymore!!!

8:44PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

It's time for people to say to themselves 'Is it going to be a life-threatening decision if I don't buy this?' There are plenty of other options out there, even if it means traveling a few extra miles. Wal-Mart owners aren't the only greedy ones; the consumer is just as bad. 'But I must have that 72 inch flat screen! I will die without it!!!!' Attitudes like this need to stop. Unless you are starving to death and there are absolutely no other stores around for miles and you have no transportation, there is no need to shop here.

6:06AM PST on Nov 16, 2012

The worst thing about that entire graph in my opinion, is the pathetic amount of money this family donates to help others. Seriously, you are the 2nd richest family on the PLANET! Why do you need that much money?! There are sick, homeless, hungry children in this country and all over the world, and you obviously are deluded, self absorbed and could care less. Give up just ONE of your many cars, planes, yachts, mansions, vacations, whatever. Just ONE could help many people in need. Believe me, my family of four has survived off $15,000 a year for YEARS! You probably spend that much everyday, and that's lowballing it. Greedy Walton Family, I hate you. I'm going to Target. :D

6:52AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

Grazie.

6:16PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

No Walmart shopping for me!

5:41PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Thanks for sharing, Beth! I'm very impressed with Frugal Dad's Infographic.....really shows the catastrophic impact of Walmart (and backed with legit sources). Unbelievable!

12:08PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Very detailed article. its quite eye opening how large that awful store chain really is!

7:43PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

A study by the American Institute of Planners in the late 1990s indicated that counties with or adjacent to a Walmart had a 16% lower average industrial wage. Also Walmart usually located outside a county line nearest a major centre. This would avoid the protests and zoning problems thus killing the main street of nearby towns/cities. Walmart certainly is a model of an ideal nation-killing entity purely for the sake of profit.

3:31PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

I shop at Wal-Mart as little as possible, but there are so many bad options out there that aren't much better .... we've allowed the lowest price to trump everything else, which has created this situation ...

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