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High Cost of Cheap Prices


Wal-Mart's up-front prices may be low, but they are exacted through the blood and sweat of individuals in less-than-desirable conditions.
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See also:
Chinese Workers Barely Subsist While Factory Profits Pay for War Materials to Fight U.S.A. (by Jim Welch) - Their Low-Wage Workers Can't Afford To Buy Our U.S.-Made Merchandise

See also:
Suits Say Wal-Mart Forces Workers to Toil Off the Clock (New York Times) - ongoing practice

And now:
Big Brother Comes to Wal-Mart: Implementing RFID - Action item: get your congressperson to co-sponsor legislation to require conspicuous labeling of RFID-tracked items. (NewWithViews; June 11, 2003)


Wal-Mart provides an up-front savings for shoppers, but the cost is carried by increasingly brutal labor conditions, especially in China, but also in the U.S. Because Wal-Mart is now the largest corporation in the world, its practice of disregarding human rights for the sake of a good sale on the other side of the world is setting an ominous trend in an industry that is now trying to keep up with Wal-Mart by wringing more labor for less and less compensation.

Consider, also, that foreign cheap labor comes in part because of their socialist government that covers daily living expenses of the workers, so the true cost of labor is actually through subsidies by a Communist system.  By supporting Wal-Mart, we endanger American Free Enterprise and prop up totalitarianism.

Now Wal-Mart is leading the way in implementing RFID product tracking, leading the way to more of an Orwellian big brother world of tyranny here in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

This is creating a very serious breach of conscience for millions of otherwise upright Americans, who can sense that these low prices come at a price. It is time to stop patronizing increasingly slave-like labor conditions at home and abroad.

Sterling D. Allan
April 30, 2002, with update Jan. 29, 2004



1) Patronize local non-Wal-Mart businesses, even though their prices may be higher. Buying from Wal-Mart might save money now, but it is like going into debt because of the labor crisis it is promoting. This trend has a melt-down point.

2) Inform your local Wal-Mart of your intentions to do the above. Tell them that you do not appreciate lower prices when it means such increasingly poor labor conditions for its workers both here and abroad.

3) Let your voice be heard by others in your circle of influence to raise awareness of this plight.

4) Each time you do shop, whether at Wal-Mart or a previously existing business for which Wal-Mart is a competitor, hand the cashier a card summarizing your reservations.



How Wal-Mart is Remaking our World by Jim Hightower (April 26, 2002)

Salt Lake Tribune Series

Wal-Mart a driving force in economy - while company's price cutting is alluring customers, it has critics from without and within. (Jan. 2, 2004)

Despite accusations that its stores are 'cannibalizing' sales, the company's footprint is growing (Jan. 2, 2004)

Wal-Mart CEO proud of company's influence (Jan. 2, 2004)

It's Wal-Mart's way, or no way, the world over (Jan. 3, 2004)

Wal-Mart's bane: Organized labor (Jan. 4, 2004)


Related Sites

Wal-Mart Watch - premier exposé

Why I Hate Wal-Mart - summary exposé, point by point.

Wal-Mart Horror Stories--Archives (down?)

R.O.C. Boycotts Wal-Mart - decries effect on music industry.

National Labor Committee

Corporate Watch



How Wal-Mart is Destroying America, and What You Can Do About It, by Bill Quinn

Slam Dunking Wal-Mart, by Al Norman

Up Against the Wal-Marts : How Your Business Can Prosper in the Shadow of the Retail Giants by Don Taylor, Jeanne Smalling Archer

In Sam We Trust: The Untold Story of Sam Walton and Wal-Mart, the World's Most Powerful Retailer by Bob Ortega

[Propaganda from Their Side . . .]
Sam Walton : Made in America : My Story by Sam Walton (Wal-Mart Founder)

How Wal-Mart is Destroying America and The World and What You Can Do About It, by Bill Quinn

In Sam We Trust: The Untold Story of Sam Walton and Wal-Mart, the World's Most Powerful Retailer; by Bob Ortega


Big Box Knockout: Community versus Consumerism - Ed Video, 16A Wyndham St., P.O. Box 1629, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 6R7

Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti - Disney factory workers speak

Contact Wal-Mart to Protest

Write to Wal-Mart:
David Glass, President, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
P.O. Box 116, Bentonville, AR 72712-9956, or


See also

Greater Things News Service



From: "victor montalvo" <>
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Sent: Saturday, December 28, 2002 9:52 PM
Subject: GTcontact

If you start using The Home Depot..the stories will be worse than walmart. Wal mart reminds me of the home depot in many ways. Start a forum on the home depot, and lets start taking on the home depot......Thanks Victor


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