Sunday, October 23, 2005

Sure to win an Oscar

Came across this little "documentary" on Walmart WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price that claims to takes you behind the glitz and into the real lives of workers and their families, business owners and their communities, in an extraordinary journey that will challenge the way you think, feel... and shop.

-Is this biased? Of course, but what the hell what isn't these days. Having had some experience dealing with these guys, I can give you a few "bed time" stories. Just remember, there are very few winners in the race to the bottom and truth be told, many of the people who shop at these large discounters are probably canabilizing their own sources of income. But live and learn...........when your manufacturing job goes bye-bye


Anonymous Daniel Nerezov said...

Excellent post!

Not a week goes by that I don't hear small businesses wailing at the reality of having to compete with Walmart, or their local equivalent of.

It does suck, at it's a reality. In my locality, the opening of a large, discount retailer has seen many businesses close their doors.

The point is this: at some time, small businesses have to stop bitching and try to compete. There are expensive ways to do this, but there are also cheap, gimmicky ways to go about it as well.

For example, small retailers can adopt something like the "Free from Walmart" badge to put on their websites or merchandise. Sounds stupid, but you gotta do things like that - there is always a silver lining to the cloud, and small businesses should try to make strengths out of their weaknesses.

I all for protecting small business from industry behemoths, but the answers have to come from small business it self.

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