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4.06.2006

Wise County Messenger Declares War On Wal-Mart

Not really. But I bet they feel like it. Story: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has decided against buying more advertisements in local newspapers after a test in two states showed the expense is not justified, the world's largest retailer said Wednesday.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kind of funny, besides full page color inserts with coupons-I have never seen any actual ads on any of the Mess's pages.

Anonymous said...

I haven't either 1:48 - doubt that the Messenger will lose any sleep over this news!

mzchief said...

China's number one trade partner is Wal-Mart! Wal-Mart just hired 150,000 more Chinese workers in China. Why does it come as NO surprise that Wal-Mart, yet again is unwilling to support local businesses?

Anonymous said...

mzchief,
Who do you think our number one trade partner is? China. Need proof. Turn your mouse upside down and look at the bottom in small letters. Made in China. Hecho en China. Fabrique en China. Walmart does support local businesses, of course they wouldn't advertise in the Mess. Do you think they really need to? Or is the store not big enough to attract attention already?

Anonymous said...

Wal-Mart doesn't support local businesses? Hmm, the last time I went into a Wal-Mart, they had PEOPLE working there. People live locally, don't they? They buy groceries, goods and other services, don't they? Since when does Wal-Mart have to play by a certain set of rules just because they're a big business?
I HATE the idea that Wal-Mart is killing smaller businesses. What they're actually doing is the same thing K-Mart and all the other big retailers do: selling products at a cheaper price. Why? because they can buy in bulk, I guess - or they manufacture their own goods. No matter, the only thing that matters to me is stretching my spending dollar the best I can, whether it's wal-mart, Mom and Pop shop or wherever.
So what they don't buy ads in the newspaper! They don't need to, so why should they do it just to line the pockets of the publisher?

Anonymous said...

So many people complain about Wal-Mart hurting their towns, but so many in those towns shop at Wal-Mart. Clue: If people in a town or area simply decide not to shop at Wal-Mart, then Wal-Mart goes away. Guess good old fashioned "support your local mom and pop stores" only applies to someone else's wallet.

Anonymous said...

One issue that Wal Mart won't talk about is how they price things different by location. If they use ads then those items would have to be priced the same at all location.

Anonymous said...

Given the number of sex offenders registered as living in Decatur and the surrounding area, and given the overall population and typical number of shoppers that course through that Wal-Mart on a typical Saturday....how creepy is it that the odds say that at any given time one or two people in the store are child porn addicts or molesters?

Anonymous said...

wal-mart has people working in the stores because they have to be open for business. but they deal with a lot more people people and products from other countries.

Anonymous said...

3:51PM - They employ local people. They also have among the lowest compensation for any company, and keep people part time to prevent paying for health insurance. The largest group of people in Georgia receiveing heathcare assistance from the state government are Wal-Mart employees. They've cornered the local labor market, so you have nowhere else to go if you want a decent paying position with benefits. They also have a history of locking-in employees, have have started a policy of 24/7 availability no for all employees.

fluff said...

If you don't like the Wal-Mart addendum...........don't shop there! Otherwise, bring a new player to the table....

Anonymous said...

Ads in the paper do not do very good!

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:17,
Well for one thing-they are not the lowest paying employers in the area. $7 bucks an hour to push a cart around or scan groceries isn't that bad. Go work at Jack in the box or Mickey D's and try to make that starting out.. Won't happen. Another thing. If you are dumb enough to sign a contract that you don't read entirely and understand how the company works, you deserve to be making $5.15 an hour.

mzchief said...

Annon @ 3:47, Yes, The US does import more products from China than it does from any other country. The US exports very little to China in the way of durable goods thus creating the world's largest trade deficit. However, Wal-Mart, a US based corporation, is China's number one trade partner in that Wal-Mart imports more raw materials to and exports more durable goods from China than does ANY nation!

Annon @ 3:51, By hiring local residents to work in their stores Wal-Mart is participating in the local economy but it does not mean Wal-Mart is supporting local businesses. When profits and income actualized from the sales of durable goods from a Wal-Mart store is deposited/invested in a different location (Bentonville/China) ultimately you will have a "trade deficit".

Incidentally, I do NOT shop at Wal-Mart. Any retailer/distributor that demands US suppliers relocate manufacturing to an offshore location in order to meet the retailer's/distributor's preset wholesale price point will NEVER get a dime of my US earned dollars. Wal-Mart's practices should make other Americans think twice before spending dollars in a store that does not invest in OUR nation.

Don't you know Sam Walton must be ashamed of his offspring and how they have bastardized his dream of making America a better place for Americans. Does anyone remember Sam's red/white/blue attitude of "Made in America"?

Anonymous said...

Wal Mart is one of the best things that happened to Wise County. They have partnered many projects to help people in this community.....and didn't report it to the messenger for pictures.

Anonymous said...

mzchief,
By not shopping at Walmart-you are doing the same you are accusing Walmart of doing. Support your local businesses. Yeah they may be a multi-billion dollar company, but every dollar you spend there does go back into the community in some way, shape or form. Stop acting like you have all of the answers, and being hypocritical and just shop there like every other American or human being on the planet.