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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price: A look at the impact of the retail giant on local communities.

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Ratings: IMDB: 6.8/10 Metascore: 71% RT: 93%
Released: November 04, 2005
Runtime: 98 mins
Genres: Documentary
Countries: USA
Director: Robert Greenwald
Actors: Al Norman Frances Fisher James Cromwell John Berry Jon Stewart Lee Scott Matt Lauer Steven Jacobs

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Posted by Rubenchitito 4 years, 3 months ago
+6 | +6 / -0

Modern-slavery - I sure hope hell exists so the Waltons fry themselves there.

Posted by AmadeusPerez 6 years ago
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They just picked few cases in this documentary, I live in Puerto Rico and The Wal Mart Stores here did not interrupt the small town business, because small town business here are solid and unified. My aunt started working there (Wal-mart) as a cashier and now she is a Co-Manager in a store, sure she has given a lot, but that's work wether you like or not. The monday thru friday 6-3pm shift with weekends free jobs, in this age is almost gone in our economy. So people never generalize about anything, but that's for sure someday this big enterprise with big enterprise mistakes will fall down.

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Posted by Movie_Junkie 7 years, 8 months ago ( Edited 7 years, 8 months ago )
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Very informative, and trust me, all of this is true! I was in the poverty level, working for this company that makes mega money every year. And as for Wal-Mart putting others out of business; I watched this in Pennsylvania. Before they came, there was lots of small business owners that had been around for years; some even upwards of 40+ and within only a year, the town became a ghost town of empty buildings. And as for the information provided on this about unions, I know of people who got fired just for JOKING about joining a union. And to be honest, they don't even have the lowest prices on most things in their store sometimes. The store here where I live now is understaffed, and they refuse to hire more people. They pay people SHIT wages, and work them half to death. And honestly, within the past few years, I've gotten where I DO NOT do the majority of my shopping there anymore. There are certain things that I can get there cheaper than anywhere else around here, but I shop mainly other places. Call me cheap, but I shop at The Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Save-a-lot, and yes, even Goodwill. In these rough times, I'd much rather put my hard earned money into Goodwill, a company that gives back the the community; a company that gives jobs to people who are unable to get a job somewhere else due to disabilities and such. At least then I know my money is going to help other people who are worse off than I am. If I put all my money into Wal-Mart; all I'd be doing is adding even more money to an already multi-million dollar paycheck for the CEOs of the store.

Posted by asassin06 6 years, 5 months ago ( Edited 6 years, 5 months ago )
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@TruthHurts How do you expect a documentary like this is going to be set, it is set upon the fact that Wal Mart is growing too big of a corporation and destroying everything that America was founded on, it is crushing small towns and driving future entrepeneurs out of recognition because it has brainwashed everyone so much that the only place you can get anything at a quality and good price is Wal Mart, i have seen literally dozens of places that have had better service, better people, and better quality product than Wal Mart could ever provide in a thousand years. It sickens me when people defend Wal Mart like its just an innocent corporation doing nothing but selling things to poor people, you can't even go into a Wal Mart now a days and find one thing that is affordable, thats just like Goodwill, Goodwill has risen its prices 36% over the last 2 and a half years when its suppose to be a hand me down budget store. Unless you understand the concept of documentaries of this type than please do everyone a favor that does and keep your mouth shut.

Posted by StJamesWilliam 7 years, 8 months ago
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Now you know,will you stop shopping there?

Posted by lisaa7002 4 months ago
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I work at Walmart. Small business in our towns had already tanked. & While I have a lot I would change about how things are run, we still pay the best in our area. Competitive with the few local factories, and much less labor intensive. There are a large range of duties, so it is possible for almost anyone (ok, but not QUITE) to find something they are capable of doing.

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Posted by Dj_Shade_Chylde 4 months ago
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98% of the people who bitch about WalMart and their ethics still find themselves there twice a week. !% aren't even from the U.S., and the other 1% are the whiny, something-for-nothing, entitled pricks that are steering the country into the dirt. Find something relevant that you can actually change to bitch about. Waaaaaah! Cry some more... We know corporations are evil. We also like tons of cheap things collected under one roof. Until you are anti-convenience and anti-bargain, don't bitch about how those things are made possible. Made it through 10 minutes - 2/10 for bias and for repetitive statements of well known facts. Skip this, you already know (or should) everything it has to "offer"... Neeeeeext.

Posted by Junkeyardog 4 months ago ( Edited 4 months ago )
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ishifoster is wrong - I have worked for other huge retail chains and they are nothing like Wal-Mart in terms of the slave labor and such. People shouldn't speak beyond their knowledge. Here in Conn, they violate not only the labor laws shown in the video, but also workman's compensation - I know of at least three people at the local slave camp (Wal-Mart) who were injured on the job, and under doctors orders to recuperate, yet were told to the effect 'If you don't show up when the schedule says you are supposed to be here, then don't ever bother to show up at all...' The CEO...that freak we kept seeing in the video who tries telling us that Wal-Mart represents the second coming...doing one interview when the interviewer pointed out all the class action suits they have lost, and the hundreds of millions of dollars that has ultimately amounted to...the CEO responded with 'It's simply the cost of doing business and we won't be changing any of our policies any time soon'. In some states (maybe in all states, I do not know for certain) Wal-Mart does not even pay State Sales Tax...ever try to return an item to Wal-Mart without a receipt and they give you no problem at all...except they can't reimburse you the sales tax... That is because, even though it may only be 6% or 2.85%, whatever, of a cheap shirt of... In any event, they can get away with the because they have an agreement with the state not to pay sales tax...that cheesy little %%% of whatever is 100% profit. And it adds up. FAST! They have taken America hostage...'If you want us to employ your citizens, then you'll meet certain criteria as set forth by Wal-Mart...' Scary!

Posted by lord_everything 4 months ago
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This is a very one-sided documentary. I live in the mid-west and feel I have to chime in. I think it's interesting that Wal-Mart is seen as a monster who seems to just suck money out of the ground when it moves into an area. Its the shoppers that make it successful. These stores are built in low income areas where people are trying to make their wages go as far as they can. Wal-Mart boils value shopping down to its essence. If you want to buy something pretty much as cheap as you can get it, you go to Wal-Mart. The problem with unions or better healthcare is that those would raise Wal-Marts overhead, eliminating its low prices and basically put all of its employees out of work. So it's low-paying job versus no job. As for these mom-and-pops that go out of business. What can you do? They are faced with a retail experience that's more efficient than all of their many stores. And who's to say how well they ran their stores anyway? The movie is certainly sympathetic but the movie has an agenda and local shoppers are just trying to get the most for their money. Wal-Mart has not become the success that it is by just going around and being evil.

Posted by darose16 4 months ago ( Edited 4 months ago )
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MOST have NOTHING good to say about Wal-Mart & I'm 100% sure you don't care what I think, so I won't bother, but.. **ATTENTION WALMART CUSTOMERS** Having a sh*tty day? Maybe it will help to laugh at others? Last night I came across some great compilation videos on YouTube with titles like, Crazy Customers Of Wal-Mart, or titles similar to that. This could be just what your Dr. ordered! I've got NO videos posted so I'm not trying to drive people away from Prime Wire, especially since I spend every waking hour, and a few when I'm not, on PW. It's just a stress reliever to let you know there are people WAY worse off than what you may be going thru, so go laff at THEM and then come on back to Prime Wire!

Posted by 0110 4 years, 9 months ago ( Edited 4 years, 8 months ago )
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Posted by asassin06 6 years, 5 months ago ( Edited 6 years, 5 months ago )
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Good documentary btw

Posted by Rasputina 7 years, 4 months ago
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good movie they need to make a updated one for 2010 to check up on the people in this documentory.

Posted by threexblessd 7 years, 8 months ago
+1 | +2 / -1

I thought it was interesting.

Posted by ishifoster 5 years, 9 months ago
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Did not watch all of this doc, and didn't have to its the same thing with any retail corporation chain. Keep overhead down, work employees to death, no health benefits. Yes they have the means to help but why when they are the only ones in town that supplies all. "So what" they say, "you can go next door and talk to someone who has experience in lawn care,computer,or painting when you come to Walmart and get it all in one stop" and that is where they get you. This doc lacks fact just a bunch of sob stories with little understand!!!

Posted by TruthHurts 6 years, 6 months ago
+0 | +6 / -6

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