Experts say Walmart delivers both positives, negatives

Editor's note: Who wins with Walmart? The answer depends on whom you ask. This is the first in a four-part print series on the impact of Walmart stores on select central Ohio communities. Full Story
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Kay

Land O Lakes, FL

#1 Aug 24, 2011
I am always amazed at these studies that show the average wage. They receive the figures from Wal-Mart I assume. Obviously the figures total in the higher wages of assitant managers, co-managers, dept managers, etc. The average hourly worker at Wal-Mart usually starts at minimum wage, and usually paying $1 hour more for overnight workers. But having said that, it's a job.
rowdy1

Washington Court House, OH

#2 Aug 24, 2011
Its been my observation that wherever Walmart sets up shop, the smaller stores go under and even the larger grocery stores cut back their hours. Walmart has ruined a way of life for many people.
Tonto

Columbus, OH

#3 Aug 24, 2011
Why didn't they mention the disadvantage of the increased number of low-life clientele Wal Mart attracts. I am telling you that communities don't need to draw in these types of people. I've lived in the Northland area over 30 years and frequented it before I moved here. I have seen the vast changes for the worse from the demise of the Northland Mall, nice restaurants like the Wine Cellar, to the run of African and Mexican storefronts and strip clubs and shuttered businesses and ghost town strip shopping centers. The change in Northland has nothing to do with Wal Mart but the influx of people who seem to have little common sense or sense of community responsibity and act like hooligans has changed the once nice community to a community on a continued slide to hell. Before you bleeding hearts comment, I live it and I am just stating facts. I see it on the street I live on and in the whole communtiy.

Also, when Wal Mart moved into Bellefontaine I saw it put existing stores out of business. But that's the natural evolution. Survival of the fittest.
dont know what you got

Reynoldsburg, OH

#4 Aug 24, 2011
Perhaps in the next installment they will mention the fact that 99% of the merchandise is imported from sweatshops. People had the choice to vote with their dollars. Most people voted for sweatshops (and still do).
obamma skid marks

Westerville, OH

#5 Aug 24, 2011
dont know what you got wrote:
Perhaps in the next installment they will mention the fact that 99% of the merchandise is imported from sweatshops. People had the choice to vote with their dollars. Most people voted for sweatshops (and still do).
lots of sweatshop-produced goods at the following stores in and around Westerville and 1.,000 feet from the planned WM at Schroxk and State (are ya ready????): Kroger; Roush Hardware; Big Lots; and Marc's. I suspect NAPA up the street has some chinese produced goods but can't verify that. Farther up State Street we have Meijer; another Kroger; Giant Eagle; and Home Depot.
dont know what you got

Reynoldsburg, OH

#6 Aug 24, 2011
obamma skid marks wrote:
<quoted text> lots of sweatshop-produced goods at the following stores in and around Westerville and 1.,000 feet from the planned WM at Schroxk and State (are ya ready????): Kroger; Roush Hardware; Big Lots; and Marc's. I suspect NAPA up the street has some chinese produced goods but can't verify that. Farther up State Street we have Meijer; another Kroger; Giant Eagle; and Home Depot.
Thank you. My point exactly.
solomon

San Marcos, TX

#7 Aug 24, 2011
rowdy1 wrote:
Its been my observation that wherever Walmart sets up shop, the smaller stores go under and even the larger grocery stores cut back their hours. Walmart has ruined a way of life for many people.
Wal-mart has provided jobs for many. It is the only company that someone can start as a stock boy/girl and work their way to upper management. They contiune to recognize hard work with out union bullying. Why would you think that "smaller stores or even the larger grocery stores" have lost business (if that is true)? Could it be because that the evil corporation provides a good product at an affordable price. Just how has the evil corportation of wal-mart"ruined" life for many people and especially for you.

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Reynoldsburg, OH

#8 Aug 24, 2011
solomon wrote:
<quoted text>
Wal-mart has provided jobs for many. It is the only company that someone can start as a stock boy/girl and work their way to upper management. They contiune to recognize hard work with out union bullying. Why would you think that "smaller stores or even the larger grocery stores" have lost business (if that is true)? Could it be because that the evil corporation provides a good product at an affordable price. Just how has the evil corportation of wal-mart"ruined" life for many people and especially for you.
To answer your questions- JUST READ THE POSTS.
Spooktackular

United States

#9 Aug 24, 2011
Walmart is not the problem.

Many american companies have switched to chinese or other asian manufacturing due to taxation, zoning, EPA, and the ever popular NIMBY actions.

Companies or brands that were all american such as, Visegrip, channel lock, portor-cable, Wilton have switched to off shore manufacturing. It has been rumored that even Snap-on, Mac Tools, and Matco use chinese stamping for wrenchs they just buff and chrome the wrenchs in the USA.

So even if you boycot walmart and buy your wrangler jeans at a local shop they will still be sewn outside of the USA from North african cotton.
madmilker

Friendswood, TX

#10 Aug 24, 2011
It ain't about positives and negatives....it's about Made In America.
Did you know everything in ones country hinges on its currency.
Did you also know that Retail makes NOTHING and the Government only makes MORE DEBT.
Now, for the past 100 years in America the Government in Washington D. C. has put we the people from a $2.6 billion debt load in 1910 to over $14 trillion today.
And with 1975 being the last year America had a trade surplus more Retail has been born and more and more NOTHING is being made.
See, it’s all about the American currency(George Washington)and just how those dollars float around.
Years ago when they floated around this great union helping each hand George was touching foreigners would had given their left nut just to touch one of them.
But today it be a different story because for the past thirty-six years more and more of those George Washington's have been sent to foreign lands and now all those foreigners have we the people and Uncle Sam by both nuts squeezing the life out of them.
The dollar is the key in America just like the Mao(yuan) is the key in China.
"It is the aim of good government to stimulate production, of bad government to encourage consumption." - Jean Baptiste Say
That quote is like 230 years ago and it makes more cents today than ever before..remember, the Constitution wasn't written for a corporation, church nor government. It was written for We the People and the founding fathers with goose quill feather pens in hand and the penmanship of poets call it the American Dream.
Now, ask yourself what was Sam Walton doing back in 1975 east of Seoul. Did it have anything to do with making more products in America.
Now, fast forward and ask yourself if Sam Walton didn't take the hyphen out of Wal-Mart and replace it with a big single star Wal*Mart was it the same person a few years back that took the star out and put the starburst at the end Walmart*.
Think about the word rich....99% of the people on Earth ain't there. Yeap, 1% of the total population purdy much dictate very quietly to that 99% just how their money is spent.
But there's one small problem with them thinking like that cause it's the 99% that hold all the power it's in their hand when they go to vote and it be in their pocket book and purse when they go to shop.
Did you know Wal*Mart puts less than 5% foreign in all their stores in China. One can look at this in two ways. They are depriving the nice people of China from purchasing foreign made or they are doing for the best of the Chinese currency Mao(yuan) in making sure it doesn't fall into foreign hands.
Now, remember the 1975 year from above and read what Lance Winslow wrote in that article "The Flow of Trade in a Global Economy."
"Now let us look at Wal-Mart again; you buy a product there, 6% goes to the employees, 10-18% is profit to the company, 25% goes to other costs and 50% goes to re-stock or the cost of goods sold. Of the 50% about 20-25% goes to China, a guess, but you get the point. Now then, how long will it take at 433 Billion dollars at year for China to have all of our money, leaving no money flow for us to circulate? At a 17 Trillion dollar economy less than 40-years minus the 1/6 they buy from us. Some say that if we keep putting money into our economy, it would take forever, but if we do not then eventually all the money flow will go. If China buys our debt then eventually they own us, no need to worry about a war, they are buying America, due in part to our own mismanaged trade, so whose fault is that? Not necessarily China, as they are doing what's in the best interests, and we should make sure that trade is not only free, but fair too."
Think about that when you pull a George(dollar) out of your pocket book or purse cause he was thinking about US when me wrote...
"Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances, with any portion of the foreign world."


“support your town..shop around”

Since: Aug 07

Possum Hollow

#11 Aug 24, 2011
Spooktackular wrote:
Walmart is not the problem.
Many american companies have switched to chinese or other asian manufacturing due to taxation, zoning, EPA, and the ever popular NIMBY actions.
Companies or brands that were all american such as, Visegrip, channel lock, portor-cable, Wilton have switched to off shore manufacturing. It has been rumored that even Snap-on, Mac Tools, and Matco use chinese stamping for wrenchs they just buff and chrome the wrenchs in the USA.
So even if you boycot walmart and buy your wrangler jeans at a local shop they will still be sewn outside of the USA from North african cotton.
duh!

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0JZS/i...

http://www.wri.org/about/board/leslie-dach

oh!

let's not forget that Wal*Mart puts less than 5% foreign in all their stores in China....

http://www.wal-martchina.com/english/walmart/...

and remember...it was 1975 when America had its last trade surplus....that was also the year Sam Walton was east of Seoul inside a factory listening to a "whistle while you work" song....

but what you may not remember....

it was the year Jimmy Hoffa disappeared.

Retail makes NOTHING...

Government only makes MORE DEBT....

Now, for the past 100 years in America the Government in Washington D. C. has put we the people from a $2.6 billion debt load in 1910 to over $14 trillion today.

And with 1975 being the last year America had a trade surplus more Retail has been born and more and more NOTHING is being made.

See, it’s all about the American currency(George Washington)and just how those dollars float around.

Years ago when they floated around this great union helping each hand George was touching foreigners would had given their left nut just to touch one of them.

But today it be a different story because for the past thirty-six years more and more of those George Washington’s have been sent to foreign lands and now all those foreigners have we the people and Uncle Sam by both nuts squeezing the life out of them.

The dollar is the key in America just like the Mao(yuan) is the key in China.

“It is the aim of good government to stimulate production, of bad government to encourage consumption.”– Jean Baptiste Say

That quote is like 230 years ago and it makes more “cents” today than ever before…..remember, the Constitution wasn’t written for a corporation, church nor government. It was written for We the People and the founding fathers with goose quill feather pens in hand and the penmanship of poets call it the American Dream.

Now, ask yourself what was Sam Walton doing back in 1975 east of Seoul…did it have anything to do with making more products in America.

read what Lance Winslow wrote in that article “The Flow of Trade in a Global Economy”….

“Now let us look at Wal-Mart again; you buy a product there, 6% goes to the employees, 10-18% is profit to the company, 25% goes to other costs and 50% goes to re-stock or the cost of goods sold. Of the 50% about 20-25% goes to China, a guess, but you get the point. Now then, how long will it take at 433 Billion dollars at year for China to have all of our money, leaving no money flow for us to circulate? At a 17 Trillion dollar economy less than 40-years minus the 1/6 they buy from us. Some say that if we keep putting money into our economy, it would take forever, but if we do not then eventually all the money flow will go. If China buys our debt then eventually they own us, no need to worry about a war, they are buying America, due in part to our own mismanaged trade, so whose fault is that?”

As an American you have the power. If you hold onto George Washington(dollar) he will not let you down but did you let him down...."Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances, with any portion of the foreign world." - George Washington, Farewell Address, 17 Sept. 1796.

“support your town..shop around”

Since: Aug 07

Possum Hollow

#12 Aug 24, 2011
oops! I made a Boo! Boo!

“support your town..shop around”

Since: Aug 07

Possum Hollow

#13 Aug 24, 2011
If fifteen cargo ships pollute as much as 760 million automobiles....how can foreign made be better than Made In America.....cause it takes over $9 billion a year in taxes on all Americans to clean fish from the ballast tanks of ships that deliver all that so-call cheap crap.

If you want jobs back in America...

STOP BUYING FOREIGN.

You get so tight with a George Washington(dollar) that your breath smells like sh!! and you squeak when you walk...those asinine self-centered nincompoops in corporate America will bring jobs back to the United States of America...cause if they don't...they have no George Washington's in their bank account to squeeze so tight that their breath smells like sh!! too.....

Made in America is the only way to get out of this mess cause foreign made put US here.

“support your town..shop around”

Since: Aug 07

Possum Hollow

#14 Aug 24, 2011
I need another sip of George Dickel #12....
Cmon man

Seymour, IL

#15 Aug 25, 2011
Spooktackular wrote:
Walmart is not the problem.
Many american companies have switched to chinese or other asian manufacturing due to taxation, zoning, EPA, and the ever popular NIMBY actions.
Companies or brands that were all american such as, Visegrip, channel lock, portor-cable, Wilton have switched to off shore manufacturing. It has been rumored that even Snap-on, Mac Tools, and Matco use chinese stamping for wrenchs they just buff and chrome the wrenchs in the USA.
So even if you boycot walmart and buy your wrangler jeans at a local shop they will still be sewn outside of the USA from North african cotton.
100% agreed. Just start looking at labels in Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Dicks Sporting Goods, Kohls, Big Lots...etc. At least the profits at Walmart are reinvested here by building new stores, providing part time jobs that are needed, and believe it or not Walmart actually uses utilities generated right here!
NoWalmartForWest erville

Columbus, OH

#16 Aug 25, 2011
Well..we almost succeeded..now we get to be the receipent of what Walmart has to offer...cheap as crap sweatshop/slave labor made products..small retailers that can't compete and will close...nail salons, check cashing and buy here pay here joints aplenty...Oh won't Westerville be a marvelous place to live and...OH! wait a minute..Once Walmart changes the landscape...no one will want to live here and the crapheads who wanted this can thank Hadler for the "gift" of Walmart...mark my words...This will be a friking nightmare and the Westerville City Council is to blame..

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#17 Aug 25, 2011
Selling cheap crap from China, paying low wages, offering medicaid as thier medical insurance offer, and wiping out small businesses that offer quality. Wal fart is all bad.
Antagonist

Newark, OH

#18 Aug 25, 2011
Manufacturing jobs are the most sustainable and long term type of employment there has ever been for most people.
I support the idea that everyone should make every effort to buy American made products, but the reality is that if you buy only American made products, you will not be buying much at all.
That's how badly we have let our manufacturing base deteriorate.
solomon

San Marcos, TX

#19 Aug 25, 2011
NoWalmartForWesterville wrote:
Well..we almost succeeded..now we get to be the receipent of what Walmart has to offer...cheap as crap sweatshop/slave labor made products..small retailers that can't compete and will close...nail salons, check cashing and buy here pay here joints aplenty...Oh won't Westerville be a marvelous place to live and...OH! wait a minute..Once Walmart changes the landscape...no one will want to live here and the crapheads who wanted this can thank Hadler for the "gift" of Walmart...mark my words...This will be a friking nightmare and the Westerville City Council is to blame..
so just because their is a wal-mart in westerville the community has gone to hell in a hand basket? i would assume it would be the local residents of westerville shopping at their local wal-mart. you must not think much of your neighbors.
LMAO

Columbus, OH

#20 Aug 25, 2011
What average grocery store is better than walmart besides meijer? Here in cowtown there is no class so there are no super rich stores. Unless your one of those geniuses who wants to pay 2x the grocery prices to get 10 cents off gas, then you can pay more. Feel free to buy Chinese slave goods from any other store at twice the price, I encourage idiots to throw their money away because there needs to be less of them anyways. The faster they throw their cash away the faster they can not have enough money to buy food, the faster they can fertilize plants to feed to intelligent people.

Have you peopel ever talked to an "american"? EVen if they made something (which they dont) these people cnat even check your brakes or make your burger properly. I would order my burger from the intelligent Asiansand have them ship it overseas If I could, if I was dumb enough to eat poison like these fast food places serve.

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