Merry Christmas to you too but you still haven't answered my question below in your post "sometimes low prices". I was wondering, what are these guys waiting for... Christmas? Apparently its something even later than that. Just kidding of course but I would be interested to hear your response. Thanks & happy new year.
Tim, sorry I haven't gotten around to answering all the questions, and there have been some good ones. There is nothing wrong with seeking the lowest price, ordinarily. The point was that the price wasn't always the lowest, and when it was, it was often accomplished by nefarious means. We have to have some sensitivity to the condition under which products are made, because we end up importing the poverty that made the products; we end up competing with what is, in effect, slave labor.
No prob. I certainly agree that the prices aren't always the lowest (the camera I just bought was $50 more at Wal-mart than at Best Buy) - but they usually are. About the conditions of working overseas, I assure you that those children and whoever else working there are quite happy to be doing that rather than starving. It seems like we treat it as if - were Walmart not over there employing these people, they'd be living the high life with a plush corporate job somewhere. Truth is, they wouldn't be working anywhere if it weren't for Walmart.Again, this probably comes off more argumentative than it is intended to be.
"About the conditions of working overseas, I assure you that those children and whoever else working there are quite happy to be doing that rather than starving."So is it better to have people starving and living in neighborhoods run by drug gangs here? WalMart is not the employer of last resort. We could just as well be sending family farmers to China, etc. teaching people how to farm better. Once we applied the lessons to the Third World, perhaps we could use them at home as well.The corps are killing us.
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