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Thread #54258   Message #842485
Posted By: chip a
06-Dec-02 - 01:59 PM
Thread Name: BS: Bloody WalMart
Subject: RE: BS: Bloody WalMart
I get lots of my stuff from yard sales, flea markets and thrift shops too. The pickings are much better around here as gentrification sets in. That's a subject for a whole other thread!
Poor folks use what they have till it's worn out. In a poor area the yard sales etc. don't yeild much. You won't find L.L.Bean or such stuff at a flea market in a depressed area of the U.S. When a family living six miles below the poverty level sells something it's likely used up.
Now in comes wallmart and runs out the local small businesses. What little choice there was is gone. Work oppertunities are gone. Even if wallmart pays the same as the old job, not everyone wants to make that trade. The guy who did tire changing, brakes, grease and oil with no benefits in a three man shop may not give a damn about working for a big, faceless joint where your check comes from far away. And his wife and kids can't come in and have a picnic on the workbench at lunchtime.
My point is just that in a real rural or depressed area, when the big outfits come to town there's a much bigger impact than when they come to a more affluant area. When one big guy sets up shop in a little town it can be years before another one thinks it's worthwhile moving in. So, during this period you have almost no choices. The big store can be about as callous as they want and get away with it.
But all I do is complain! I really don't see a change of any kind ahead. Just more and more of the same.
: ), Chip