You may have heard it before, many times—don’t shop at Wal-Mart. But why? There are numerous reasons why Wal-Mart should no longer be in business…or at least why we as consumers shouldn’t shop there. Wal-Mart is a very socially unjust corporation, as it treats its product suppliers horribly, including miserable working conditions for extremely low pay. Many consumers may be drawn to Wal-Mart because of their “roll back” prices, but in reality, they are able to produce such cheap products because the factory workers are poorly compensated. Here I mean only the actual behind-the-scenes laborers who are making the Wal-Mart products (such as clothes, jewelry, furniture) sold, although the treatment of their employees isn’t much better. The employees of Wal-Mart make very little money per hour, as well as low overall wages and benefits.
Not only are the employees as a whole being treated poorly, but it is stated in Ms. Magazine’s article “Class Act—Wal-Mart”, that the women employees of Wal-Mart have it worst of all. Wal-Mart is known for paying their women employees less than their male employees for the same job description! Also, women employees of Wal-Mart are geared toward departments with lower wages than the men. What is Wal-Mart’s excuse for paying their male employees a higher income? They claim that male employees need to earn higher wages because they have “families to support”.
We need to be realistic and look at the times. Due to the low economy, families are requiring more income in order to merely survive. This means that not only is “Dad” going to work, but “Mom” has joined him. Such women essentially have two jobs, because they actually do most of the housework during their after work hours. To pay them less than men who are doing the same job is unethical, immoral, and impractical.
Wal-Mart uses inhumane practices, so DO NOT SHOP THERE! If you’re looking for good prices, stores such as Target (which are generally within 5 miles of every Wal-Mart), have equally low prices, and even offer their own brand coupons.