Walmart: the High Cost of Low Price

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Abstract This video assessment paper attempts to understand the moral dilemma of a corporate giant known as Walmart. After reviewing the documentary it was apparent that the filmmaker and producers are very anti-Walmart. Watching the film made me want to join forces with them and protest Walmart stores. The film discusses the low wages and poor health benefits, the anti-employee campaign filled with racism and sexism and anti-unionism. It also looked into undocumented workers, subsidies, and outsourcing (among other things) done by Walmart. There was definitely a lot of meat in the film, too much to cover in one paper so I chose the topics that interested me the most. We all learn as children, there are two sides to every story. While researching the pro-Walmart or pro-corporate Americans I came across some very interesting information that discredited a lot of what the film argues is the truth. My favorite was an article from Forbes magazine about how outsourcing to China is more American than Sam Walton’s founding design of the Buy America Program. There is most likely not one American who does not know the retail giant known as Walmart. Currently in business over 50 years, Walmart is now a huge part of corporate America. In 1950 Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and Sams Club, opened Walton’s 5&10 store in Arkansas. His criterion for being one of the most famous entrepreneur’s of his time was to find a way to sell goods at a cheaper price than his competitors. Today the Walmart slogan, Save money. Live better., sounds as if it has Sam’s fundamental ideals in mind. However, some argue that the Walmart of today has abandoned the standards that Sam Walton had founded this great company on. The documentary, “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” criticizes the company’s labor practices and sheds light into how this corporate giant may have a

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