Wed 10 Dec, 2014 09:52 am
You know the story: a Walmart-type-megastore arrives in your town and drives every small retailer out of business by intentionally undercutting them, then raises prices while offering only minimum wage jobs in order to maximize corporate profits. Do you feel it's just the way it is? Or should towns/cities/regions/states just say no and block such tactics? Let's hear your argument one way or the other.
I'm all for stopping predatory retail practices. The question is "how?" If Walmart promises that the low prices it's temporarily charging in order to put local stores out of business are in fact the prices it will always charge forever going forward, how do you prove otherwise?
I agree - it's the "how to" that's the question. Rural America is happy to get Walmart into their town because it gives work to hundreds of town people. They have employment, low prices and gladly welcome Walmart. By the time they realize that they've invited the devil to dinner, their soul is already sold.
Unless the government steps in and forces corporations like Walmart to
accept better conditions for their workers, adjust wages and benefits, nothing will happen.
Predatory sexual practices are considered the worst thing one can do other than child abuse or murder, yet predatory business practices are encouraged and rewarded.
It is an interesting country we have built.