- How Wal-Mart Is Destroying America (And the World): And What You Can Do about It by Bill Quinn
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How Wal-Mart Is Destroying America (And the World): And What You Can Do about It by Bill Quinn
Ontario have stricter rules than the US. I wish I had friends who worked for them in the states that I could ask if they make below minimum wage. I'm sure Walmart is really dirty and does get away with "murder" with all the stories Bill Quinn told in the book, but I can guarantee you that Walmart isn't the only other huge corporation that does this. I remember the Kathy Lee Gifford scandal and when she found out that her line of clothes that she sold in Walmart was made by children in sweat shops in third world countries.
Well, if you believe that her company was and is the only one that is made by children that make only pennnies per hours, you are in denial. Many of your designer clothes you are wearing today are made by children in sweat shops. It's very sad and maddening, but that is the reality of big corporations making more money for themselves.
This book has opened my eyes and when I did my grocery shopping yesterday, I didn't do it at Walmart and I will definately think twice if I want to do my shopping at Walmart again, but has anyone ever tried shopping at any of the mom and pop stores? Of course there are certain stuff in Walmart I would never fantom to buy such as clothes or shoes etc.
He's done his damage. I couldn't help but think it was really the people's fault. They were the ones that deserted their mom and pop stores, no one held a gun to their heads and told them they had to do all their shopping at Walmart. I am certainly not defending Walmart, I'm just saying this company is not alone and I can beat everything I own that there are so many other huge corporations that are just as ugly and get away with murder as well.
Mar 24, Megalion rated it really liked it Shelves: from-shelfari , year-read Author does a good job of laying out Walmart's predatory practices. However, I gave it 4 stars over 5 because I think it could have been better and more detailed. I'd like to have seen more about what other harmful things they do besides destroy local economies and abuse their workforces.
For example, I recently read a book about the guy who walked the full length of the Amazon. He mentions that some of the areas being deforested was for cattle There's also the incident of the fire last November that claimed the lives of many factory workers in Bangladesh. Which probably is after the latest edition of this book but surely it wasn't the only incident. Author makes a very brief reference to the type of overseas factory oversight that Walmart performs complains about overtime, says nothing about safety.
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I would have liked more there. I recommend this to anyone who doesn't know or understand why Walmart is a bad thing and is willing to hear why. Also to anyone who knows that it is but is vague about the specifics. I myself read it because I wanted to be able to articulate why I went back to boycotting Walmart. I was not proud of the fact that I forsook my original intention to not shop there.
Needed a boot to get my resolve back. Aug 29, Kay rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Walmart Shoppers.
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Shelves: non-fiction. As much as I enjoyed this book, my husband hated it. He didn't read it, but since he is a Walmart kind of guy and I'm a Target kind of gal I felt compelled to share a lot of the book with him. I noticed by half way thru he either left the room when I picked it up or turned up the tv so he could ignore my rantings!
I have to admit that I do lot of my shopping there, but my excuse is that it is right down the street from work and less than 5 miles from my home. Target is 45 miles away so with the As much as I enjoyed this book, my husband hated it. Target is 45 miles away so with the price of gas [from Walmart's co heart Murphy] I can't afford to drive there often! I never liked Walmart, but what am I to do??
I did boycott them in December for several years in a row since they refused to say Merry Christmas, but last year they gave in and so did I! By the way, I live in Walmart country. Oct 24, Matthew Wanamaker rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction. This book contains interesting information about Wal-Mart's tactics to eliminate competing small town retailers and many other outcomes that impact a town with a Wal-Mart.
It includes information from former employees, competing retailers, newspapers, and television. Much of this information in important to know, especially if a community is interested in allowing a Wal-Mart into their town.
However, this book has its problems. It appeared to me that many of these arguments came to the conclusio This book contains interesting information about Wal-Mart's tactics to eliminate competing small town retailers and many other outcomes that impact a town with a Wal-Mart. It appeared to me that many of these arguments came to the conclusion that Wal-Mart is bad for small towns and we need small towns for the sake of small towns.
This argument needed to be developed more to show the benefits of having small town retailers. This book is also written very colloqually and takes many cheap shots at Wal-Mart.
Overall, the information in this book is important to know, it just could have been presented better. Oct 26, Tristan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: people who buy things at Wal-Mart. This book accomplishes its goal very well, giving people a bushel full of reasons on why to avoid buying or selling to Wal-Mart; everything from ethical to practical. However, as its only targeting Wal-Mart, it fails to adequately place Wal-Mart in the context of American capitalist-imperialism.
But, as I said earlier, that's not the goal of this book. If you're organizing a campaign to either shut down a Wal-Mart, or to keep one out of your town, buy this book and give it to as many people as This book accomplishes its goal very well, giving people a bushel full of reasons on why to avoid buying or selling to Wal-Mart; everything from ethical to practical. If you're organizing a campaign to either shut down a Wal-Mart, or to keep one out of your town, buy this book and give it to as many people as possible! Jun 02, Jessica rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Aaron Sramek.
Shelves: read-in A little outdated but still had good information. Sometime the author went a little too far with his opinion, like when he was going on about the reason you couldn't get any gold quarters was because Walmart had them all. I have no clue where he was getting this information. I never had a issue getting them and I doubt Walmart really had an evil plan to lock them all up in a vault.
Otherwise I felt his opinion and examples were quite good.
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Apr 07, April rated it really liked it. Be careful However you will learn there is a price to pay for cheap. I did a little research of my own as well and tend to agree with the author on many of the points in this book. I may pay a little more shopping elsewhere but I feel much better about it. Mar 19, Brandy rated it it was amazing. Yes it's dated, no it doesn't matter with the exception you can't look forward to a fourth edition from Quinn.
I'd love to have another update and wish I'd found this in It still gave me new ideas that I can't wait to share and implement. I recommend everyone take a few hours and see what they can learn about the Walton's business practices and what they mean for the economy in the long run. Jul 31, James rated it liked it. I read this book because I disagreed with the title. I thought maybe I would gain some insight. I didn't change my mind but it did help me solidify my thoughts and ideas.
The margins of my book are full of comments and questions because I think the author misses the point of trade- voluntary exchange of goods and services to mutual advantage. Aug 13, Teresa rated it really liked it Recommends it for: everyone. This was the first anti-Wal-Mart book I read. It was highly readable and eye-opening. It's almost too colloquial at times, but that's not a terrible thing. Anyone who thinks Wal-Mart is benign, or even worse: beneficial, should take a gander at this book.
The book definitely brings up some interesting points and even if you don't agree with all of them, you can't deny that the company is doing some things it shouldn't. It confirms my dislike of them and justifies my not shopping there Nov 01, abby rated it it was amazing Shelves: political. This book was very satisfying, becasue I can't stand Walmart. He presents very good arguments for why we should not support this maga-retailer. Jan 28, Dawn rated it it was amazing. There are better places to shop than Walmart! He tried to tell how evil Wal-Mart was.
Since three decades ago, many moms-and-pops store forced to close itself cause of the unequal competition with that super store giant. Aug 15, Bill rated it did not like it. Yeah we get it, you're a socialist.
Feb 11, Jostalady rated it really liked it Shelves: the-real-world , recommend , business. I won't shop at Walmart, I spread as much as I could from this information as I can and ask people not to get me stuff from Walmart. Mar 26, Jess rated it really liked it. OF course it's good! I wish Quinn would write an updated version though. Jan 09, Mck rated it it was amazing.
Feb 28, James rated it it was amazing.