Amen...120 comments on here and yours is the only one that addresses the real issue here. The end for the real hard working small business owner. Then we have 119 comments full of ignorancy and hate and no substance at all, from people who obviously don't know an issue when it hits them in the face.I'm not sure people appreciate the destructive force that Wal-Mart represents to the small business sector. No one can compete with Wal-Mart, due to its sheer size. Wal-Mart has the unique ability to set its own prices, unlike other chain corporations. For example, Wal-Mart has been known to go to its suppliers in Asia and demand lower prices for their products. Quite often, since Wal-Mart represents anywhere from 60-80% of their business, they have to bend to Wal-Mart's requests and begin slashing environmental and safety precautions that were put in place and, in addition, extend working hours by as much as 20%. The result: supplier employees that become limbless, sick, or worse, replaced for younger, no-experienc, teen-aged employees. This how Wal-Mart could afford to sell items at a "discounted" price.
And why they identify a location to open a new store, they have been known to devour a slew a small businesses. Who can compete with a corporation that has the ability to manipulate its prices via manipulation of its suppliers? That answer is no one. That is why so many communities throughout this nation has limited the size of the big-box stores, which was a specific response to Wal-Mart's aggression.
A few years back, the LA Times wrote an excellent series about this corporation, and how it has wreaked havoc on U.S. towns and companies worldwide. As a response, Wal-Mart began donating to charitable causes and began a campaign to polish its reputation. There has been some success, but the effects still remain--devastation for the small business sector.
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#122 Jun 21, 2011
#123 Jun 21, 2011
Go ahead and give them your zipcode, but don't complain when your identity or credit card is stolen.
"Your zip code can be used in connection with your name to reveal all sorts of information about you, including your address. Retailers want to use it for marketing purposes, but the same information may also be used to commit credit card fraud and identity theft."
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