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How Walmart Is Destroying America (And the World): And What You Can Do about It Paperback – April 1, 2005
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The list of egregious behaviors occurring under the aegis of Wal-Mart, based out of Bentonville, Arkansas, simply boggles the mind. Quinn's key complaint centers on the retailer's anti-competitive outlook, known as "Stomp the Comp," when the company moves into a small town and proceeds to demolish every mom and pop business in the area. Through cutthroat pricing and luring away employees from smaller stores, Wal-Mart takes business right out from under the noses of modest retail outlets. As all other stores in the area shut down, the Box from Bentonville becomes the only significant force in the region.Read more ›
i always read other people's reviews of books ive already read in order to comment on what they have said and after reading the bad reviews of this book it doesnt even seem like those people have read the book. They shouldnt be allowd an opinion on a book they have not even picked up and given a chance. They give examples of how walmart has given to charity for their town, but i ask you this, IS THE MONEY COMING DIRECTLY FROM WALMART OR ARE THEY JUST THE MESSENGER? One reviewer was ignorant enough to say walmart was the best thing to happen to the world, a perfect example of someone who has not read the book writing a review.
The most common argument is if you dont like walmart dont shop there. Well i dont shop there, i still have a supercenter destroying my town. bottom line NOT SHOPPING AT WALMART DOESNT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. The purpose of this book is to inform everyone of just how walmart "helps" america. the format is very simplistic, yes, but that is so it can be understood and reach a larger audience.
Walmart is a multi billion dollar corporation that is truely destroying the world. Arm yourself with information and help stop this beast.
While it may be a little on the obsessive side, it points out a lot of elements of the Wal-Mart empire that they would probably like to keep under wraps. Many of the practices exercised by Wal-Mart surprised me in their audacity. There are many accounts by customers, former employees, and others who have dealt with the beast firsthand. The book also lays out ideas to help communities fight off an attempt by Wal-Mart to move into new territory.
After reading the first half of this book, I was compelled to avoid shopping at Wal-Mart. Not that I shopped there often to begin with, but now I make it a point to look elsewhere for my goods.
I have already talked about the book to some friends of mine, who expressed interest in reading it when I was finished. If you are interested in the underhanded tactics that the largest U.S. retailer uses to insure success, pick up a copy of "How Wal-Mart is destroying America..." and pass it along when your done.
The good points of the book are how Mr. Quinn outlines areas of defense for your community to patrol, like watching all of the zoning requests, even from companies that seem to have nothing to do with WalMart, for often they will purchase and then lease out to the hungry beast.
He gives website information at the end of the book, so that if your interest (and ire) have been adequately sparked, there are outlets for your fiery resistance to flow into.
And, he gives factual information on the tactics that WalMart uses to infiltrate small-town America and ruthlessly destroy small business owners.
Most shocking to everybody should be the fact that WalMart is now the number one large-business employer in America...paying minimum wage and considering 28 hours a week to be "full time". No wonder America is slowly becoming a third-world country. In the past, when I actually shopped at WalMart, I felt like I was entering a third world country when I passed through those wheezing doors. Now I know why.
Teetering on the edge of good-point/bad-point is the simplistic writing style of Quinn's book. On the one hand, it is easy to read and gets the point across rapidly. On the other hand, it tends to sound a bit like Grandpa "going off" as he sat around the old stove at night. (Sigh...those good old days long before WalMart...)
The single most blatant bad point about this book was the fact that *not once* did Quinn mention that the simplest way to stop a carnivorous corporate giant like this is to STOP SHOPPING THERE.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw this book being advertised on an anti-walmart movie I saw on youtube, so I had to buy it. It is very informative on walmart does business and how they try to cover certain... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ashley Belinsky
I have only stepped into 3 Walmarts. I have never bought anything in them. They offend my sense of what a store should sell. I call them "junk shops". Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lemursss
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It informs us that low prices at Walmart are due to the sweatshop wages paid in China, Pakistan etc. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by jerome d. shulec
I recently watched a television documentary that presented very unjust conditions created by Wal Mart as it applies to surrounding businesses, cities, towns and especially to their... Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Hawkeye45
Although the infomation presented is outdated, the book became a good starting point for a personal research project.
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How Wal-Mart is Destroying America (and the World) is a spot on depiction of how Wal-Mart operates- a great and easy to read book. Read morePublished on July 6, 2012 by Justin
I have heard many rumors about wal-marts practices dealing with employess and their vendors. I wanted to read this book and learn the true facts. Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by Cachergirl