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Literally Watch Wal-Mart Take Over the United States . . .

Odd though it may be, I harbor a minor obsession with Wal-Mart. I've read this book which presents a pretty even-handed look at the somewhat stunning practices that Wally World (as my mother calls it) has pioneered to make them the retailing giant they are. Some of them, like making individual stores return cardboard boxes to the distributors or pay for them are pleasingly green in their business savviness. Save the planet, be cheap. Hey, if it works right?

And I've seen this movie, which paints the more heartbreaking human consequences of the drive to dominate the retail landscape — and that's where this riveting map from Flow Data comes in. I do so adore a map! This animated stunner starts in 1968 with the birth of the first store in Arkansas and grows progressively greener with every "rolled-back" price until Wal-Mart rules the entire world squashing everyone and everything in its path. More or less.

In other Wal-Mart related news, the store has recently pulled a controversial comic book from shelves, after complaints that it was racist. Maybe they don't have black hearts after all?


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christie christie 8 years
I hate Wal-mart, I refuse to shop there.
juliettedawn juliettedawn 8 years
When I lived in Indiana, there were literally five Wal-Mart Supercenters. within half an hour from my house. I used to work in the vision center in one, but I could only stand it for two months. The store manager once told us that the only competition we have is the next closest Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart treats their employees badly. I was constantly yelled at for not being busy enough (kind of hard when my manager would schedule six people to work in the vision center at the same time, when we had no customers coming in) and having any overtime whatsoever when we were busy. We were not trained properly, yet were expected to know things we couldn't possibly know. Ugh, I have many gripes about Wal-Mart. At least where I am in Ohio, there is only one Wal-Mart Supercenter close and there are more Targets and Giant Eagles I can shop at.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I don't know if anyone already wrote htis or not. Sorry if I'm repeating. Anyway, I think it's intesting that people complain so much about walmart and never anything about target. They seem like the same kind of store to me. :shrug: I do shop there myself. However, I also try as much as possible to shop at the local stores and smaller mom and pop. In fact I deliberatly shop at little stores in my town for certain things. Like the little book store-I get all my books there instead of other places. I order everything I want from her if she doesn't already have it. All my gifts I shop at the little stores. Most of them anyway. For my mom we just got her a digital frame and well there is no place in town that sells that sort of thing. I had to get it from wally world. If I'm visiting another town I try to shop their little stores too. I try to always keep a support local community thinkg in my head. :) Another thing though they do a lot of community stuff. They do supply jobs. Small businesses can't afford insurance for their employees. I think there's some good things. I wouldn't want to be without a walmar or taget. Just wondering if there's a map that show all the targets?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
To each their own. Many people shop at Wal Mart for the value and convenience. Some don't shop there because Wal Mart is able to "destroy" the old fashioned Main St. IMO, if Main St can't compete with a Wal Mart, then Main St. needs to change what they are selling.
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 8 years
OMG, gross. I never shop there and I refuse to. I know that doesn't make a huge deficit for them... but I feel better personally. Each time I use to even walk in the door, I felt sleazy and poor.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal, and they price below competitors because they can afford to, as they buy in large enough quantities that they can purchase the merchandise considerably less. That's exactely what Adam Smith had in mind.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
If Wal-Mart actually had to abide by free trade rules and open market standards the way other, smaller companies do, they'd be out of business tomorrow. They get HUGE tax breaks (yes, from your taxes), they pay less than the minimum wage in many states and they use unsound and unfair pricing to drive away the competition. That's not really the capitalism Adam Smith had in mind when he wrote The Wealth of Nations.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
That's a bit condescending fbaby. I also know for a fact that that isn't true. I'm not saying that I do all of my shopping at Wal-Mart, but it isn't a bad place to be. I find it humorous that so many people on here hate a business that has used capitalism to their benefit. We should applaud Sam Walton for his forsight and business sense.
fbaby fbaby 8 years
The DVD is a good watch as scary as it is. I haven't been in a Wal-Mart since, and I don't plan to anytime soon. The way they treat their employees AND customers is sickening. They don't care what happens to you in the parking lot on the way home, as long as you've already made a purchase.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I don't like that map. Not one bit. :raspberry:
Meike Meike 8 years
I absolutely detest and refuse to shop at Wal-mart. Yes, other companies may have bad practices but not nearly as many as Walmart committed. And, people who shop at Wal-mart may think they are saving a buck or two but in the end, they are just making it harder for the American economy pick itself back up. Shopping local keeps the money at bay.
outofhere outofhere 8 years
Watching that map makes it feel like a plague is taking over America, oh wait, it is :oy: I dislike shopping at Walmart but under stress and duress I have been a few times. I have my own fabric shopping bags that I made and when I gave them to the checker, she literally didn't know what to do with them. She finally gave up in frustration since they didn't fit on the turnstile thingy - it was pathetic.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Wal-Mart isn't my favorite, but it's not bad, either. I think it gets a bad rap and a lot of people fail to look at both sides of the coin. I also think it's interesting that people dislike Wal-Mart because it puts Mom and Pop stores out of business, since Wal-Mart started out as a Mom and Pop store. In addition, I think Wal-Mart serves an important need in our country because there are some families who cannot afford to get everything they need any where else. Because Wal-Mart is so big, it can offer lower prices than just about everywhere else. I think it's easy to condemn Wal-Mart if you don't need to shop there, but, especially with the current economic situation in our country, there are a lot of people who need Wal-Mart.
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 8 years
I know there are a lot of people that hate walmart. I actually dislike some of the things about them, but I worked at a SuperCenter for 2 years while going to college. They were the only ones that were willing to take someone that lived an hour and a half away from the store and give me thirds and adjust my schedule so I could continue to go to school. I got first priority with scheduling just because of that. Most places were just well you have to work, regardless of what you have to do to better yourself at school. They paid me well, I made triple what I could have made at a fast food restaurant or in some factory. The employees get the short end of the stick a lot with policies and especially with customers that (hate walmart but still shop there). But they have decent benefits even for part time workers, and for an entry level no experience position they pay quite well. I have nothing against walmart, if it wasn't for third shift there (the opportunity and the people I worked with), I would have never made it through college and been able to move to the AWESOME new job I've got now.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I don't like Walmart stores either, and try to avoid using them.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
Exactly UnDave thanks for sharing. Jenna whats Ew about it exactly? Is it beneath you to shop there. I shop at Bloomies too, actually Ill shop just about anywhere as long as they have something I want like or need.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I hate Wal-Mart, it just feels icky going there...
ashleykins ashleykins 8 years
I feel violated.
chellybean chellybean 8 years
Maine Woohoo, go Maine.
JennaV JennaV 8 years
Wal Mart.....ew
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I worked for WalMart a couple of years ago while I was getting my insurance business going. Not only did they bring a 1,000 employee supercenter to the town, they brought another 3,000 via a distribution center. It was very good for a town that was slumping as the other major factories were moving out.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 8 years
I heart Walmart. I had a professor last term who went on and on about how Walmart is ruining the country. Yeah great. All big box stores have similar practices, it just so happens they are the most successful. Its funny have the students that said they didn't shop there Ive seen several times since. Its convenient and its cheap ... regarding jobs...when you live in areas like I do where there is nothing .. Walmart is great asset to the community..hiring 1000's not to mention with Walmart comes other business and restaurants in the area...therefore providing tax money for better schools etc. They even have GREEN bags now for the environmentalists .. which Im not but they hold tons more then plastic so I bought a dozen. Walmart carries similar if not the same household brands as Target and KMART ... so shaddup about crap its all the same. As for China go anywhere that doesn't have shelves stocked with .. the "Made in China" labels we see everywhere.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
Anyway, about this tent I purchased from Walmart over the internets for thirty dollars. So, I decide I want to try it out and so I set it up in my backyard, you know, to see if it works. I'm lying in my tent, getting a feel for it when suddenly, the wife of an Indian Chief entered and asked to make love to me. Weird, right? Because I don't live near any native American tribes. Anyway, I'm a guy so I say, "Sure!". Afterwards I was arrested for Intent to do Mischief. Thank you.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
:sick: there is a green blob for walmart!
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