The True Cost Of Walmart’s Low Prices [Infographic]

This week marks the Wal-Mart corporation’s 50th year of existence. What started out as a family owned business has not become a global behemoth, funneling cheap, and in most cases low-quality, food and dry goods into homes around the world.

Walmart may be proud of its history of low prices, but that’s only because most members of the general public are completely unaware of the terrible consequences that must be paid for such “savings.” The truth is, there’s a real cost to those “low prices” Walmart promises — and our communities are paying for it.

To commemorate Wally World’s 50th birthday, created an infographic for you to share with your friends, to help spread the word that Walmart’s business model is bad news for our communities, our economy, and our world.

Remember, every dollar you spend is a vote for a company and it’s practices. Is this the legacy you want to support?


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Lois K.
Lois K.3 years ago

This chart doesn't even deal with the amount of money we waste by purchasing cheap, China-made products that soon wear out or break and have to be replaced; OR the products we buy that are so inexpensive that we don't mind throwing them away when we lose interest in them or they fall apart, thus adding to the problem of plastic pollution and overflowing landfills, which in turn costs billions to clean up. Save a few bucks on a vacuum cleaner, pay for it later in taxes. We make these choices every time we shop at Walmart (or any big-box discount store, for that matter).

Unfortunately, there are millions who are on limited incomes and can't afford to shop elsewhere. If you can get a loaf of bread for $1.50 at Walmart, and other stores charge $3 or more, and you have kids to feed, where are you going to go? Yes, in the long run, it is bad for everyone, both at the family level and for the country, but those immediate savings are what lure us poor folks into the big-box stores. Walmart counts on this, and they are constantly offering incredible deals on everything from food to furniture. It is a company that caters to the poor while ultimately benefiting only the rich.

Stella Nobrega-Garcia

Thanks for the article.

Dale Overall

Fascinating, what kind of food do they sell in American Walmarts? Kind of scary!

Not exactly a store that benefits the community, shutting down a lot of small businesses and having scandalous labour practices not to mention pay scales. I can think of a lot of other places to shop instead.

Georgia Armstrong
Georgia a.3 years ago

For these reasons and others, my son and I have not set foot in a WalMart store in over ten years for him and eight for me. Our little town of 10,000 now has a vacant WalMart store sitting less than one half mile from the new one they opened last year. Another empty ugly box store added to I don't know how many we can thank this chain for. And remind me again of just how LITTLE the Waltons donate to charity. Friends who, despite my pleas, still purchase from this store are always complaining about the low quality of the products, particularly clothing, they purchase and I try so hard not to say I told you so.

Marcillane Basso
Marcillane Basso3 years ago

its sad to see all the older people working there and looking so tired, makes me mad!!!

Linda McKellar
Past Member 3 years ago

Good line Dr. C. Can't say I've seen many chipmunks in wheelcairs. Kevin, you're welcome.

Dr Clue
Dr Clue3 years ago

@Linda M. [Kevin B....Stars to you. Capital and labour are partners in creating the wealth, just not partners in sharing it. I believe you have run circles around David logically.]

Running circles around @David F logically can be achieve by a quadriplegic chimpmonk.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Linda-Thank you!

Linda McKellar
Past Member 3 years ago

Kevin B....Stars to you. Capital and labour are partners in creating the wealth, just not partners in sharing it. I believe you have run circles around David logically.

Lon Coles
Corla Coles3 years ago

Our town has been fighting a Super WM for nine years but our City Council refuses to hear us. When we put it to a vote WM bought the voters with false promises of new firetruck. There is no winning against them. They are a cancer to American businesses.