Has Wal-Mart Gone To Far? (Capitalism)

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What comes to mind when I think of Wal-Mart? That vile smiley face and the kind, elderly folk who will hand you your grocery cart. When I do shop at Wal-Mart its generally to find every day items, such as tape, glue, school supplies, toys, and sometimes electronics. Though I rarely ever shop there, simply because its to much of a drive to get to the nearest Wal-Mart. I also think about my sister, who worked as an assistant manager at the Super Wal-Mart in Greeley off 11th, and how quickly she went from being a cashier to handling inventory and earning commission on selling cell phones to consumers. The last ?idea? that it does conjure up for me is the notion of capitalism. Wal-Mart is the living proof of what capitalism can do.

Let?s introduce some facts about the American economical system: we are a capitalist society, with exception of certain sectors, consumers are supposed to determine what products survive and products die in the market.

Wal-Mart has become successful because they reached a niche market, they can sell clothing, batteries, milk, food, electronics, etc? for cheaper prices then their competitors. This is simply the result of them becoming such a large company and the types of products they sell (for instance, selling clothing made in China cuts their overhead costs). Wal-Mart is the epitome of our society; we are a capitalist society! They have struggled from a few stores to chains all across the world because they simply followed the rules of capitalism. They benefit our society by helping keep costs of every day items low, they employee a large number of people (including the elderly, who can?t work industry type jobs), and they also provide convenience in one store. Now I know the counter argument is that...