Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Because Knowledge is Power...

...read this. No comment, it speaks for itself.

And yeah, I guess my hiatus is pretty meaningless.

5 Comments:

At 7:08 AM, Blogger dorsey said...

To be fair, I'd be interested to see the same statistics as they apply to other similar stores (KMart, etc) and other types of unskilled, entry-level jobs (fast food, mall kiosk, etc.).

I'm not defending Wal-Mart, but since "Fahrenheit 9/11," I've become acutely aware that the extreme left doesn't limit itself to mere hyperbole in making a case (nor does the extreme right).

 
At 7:20 AM, Blogger Zeke said...

Dorse, they did do some benchmarking with the retail sector:

* Wal-Marts wait time for insurance for employees is 6 months-2 years. The retail industry average is 2.8 months.

* Wal-Mart covers less of health insurance premiums than k-Mart, Target and Sears

* Wal-Mart spends 28% less on health coverage than the retail industry average

In-N-Out has broken the mold with regard to wages and quality and freshness of product. There are better, more enlightened ways of doing business that don't involve lowering wages, violating labor laws and fighting workers' efforts to organize.

Most people don't know the price they pay to get the price they pay. I hope that changes.

 
At 12:02 PM, Blogger ninjanun said...

Me too, Zeke, me too.

Another way I'm a gift snob: I refuse to shop at Wal-Mart, and don't want to receive presents that came from Wal-Mart.

I've never liked Wal-Mart, but after reading so many of the ways in which they manipulate the market, and actually force their suppliers to do business with them (and thus, they put out inferior products under the same name, in order to keep their profits up), well...I just wish they'd go away. They ruin communities, no doubt about it. It really saddens me that in many small towns, there are no other local shopping options (for groceries or other things).

My parents, otoh, just think Wal-Mart is the coolest thing EVER.
They justify shopping there because they own stock in Wal-Mart. Yeah, as if Sam Walton's children shop at Wal-Mart!

*sigh*

So much evil, so few waterguns.

 
At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Erik said...

"So much evil, so few waterguns."

-ninjanun

Love it! Looooooove it!

P.S. Hi Zeke. Hey, that Santa thing was a great idea. I've really enjoyed seeing it on all the pages. Provided a neat sense of unity/community.

 
At 10:49 PM, Blogger Zeke said...

Yeah, Erik. You guys are a part of that too. When your crew does a podcast, I feel like I'm listening to a gathering of friends. Always, always brings a smile to my face.

 

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