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Voting with my wallet: no more shopping at Walmart

Posted by peeterjoot on August 27, 2013

Having just finished John Perkin’s “Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the Global Economy IMPLODED — and How to Fix It”, I’ve decided that my first step at implementing his conscientious purchasing suggestions is to not shop at Wal-Mart.  It is really hard to avoid hearing about the exploitive practices of this company, like their failure to back the most minimal safety standards in the Bangladesh factories that manufacture their goods, for refusing to pay for repairs of these factories, and the treatment of their domestic employees.  I recall hearing many such instance of their domestic misbehaviour documented on democracy now, for example their threatening store closures if local wages are allowed to increase.  This is also a company that very negatively impacts local economies, and is likely responsible for the deaths of many small community stores that cannot compete against policies based on exploitation.

So, I’m starting very small, and explicitly avoiding the convenience of this store, that is geographically very close: I’d seen footballs at rock bottom prices at Wal-Mart before, but opted not to get it there, waiting for an alternate place to purchase it.  I ended up buying at Canadian Tire.  While I have to admit that I currently don’t know about the business practises of Canadian Tire, at least this choice does not result in Wal-Mart, a company blatantly abusive domestically and around the world, from getting a cut.  Perhaps only Nike has a worse than Wal-Mart reputation for abusiveness, so I think this is a fair starting place at sustainable purchasing.

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