Vacuum Cleaners, Walmart, My Own Integrity

My vacuum cleaner is being held together with duct tape. I have been searching on line for a new one. Very confusing, but then read about a particular one that is good with pet hair and has no bag. I hate vacuum cleaner bags. It’s for sale at Walmart, but not Amazon. I seriously was thinking about it, then I came across this on Tumblr. It reminded me of why I don’t shop at Walmart, and that there is nothing I need badly enough to compromise my own principles, nor is saving a few bucks any kind of excuse at allwalmart-subsidy-1:

“Wal-Mart earned $27 billion in profit last year. They could afford to pay their bottom million workers $10,000 more a year, raise all of those people out of poverty, cost — save taxpayers billions of dollars, and still earn $17 billion in profit, right? It’s simply nuts that we have allowed this to happen. […] You know, this ridiculous idea that a worker on Wall Street who earns tens of millions of dollars a year securitizing imaginary assets or doing high-frequency trading is worth 1,000 times as much as workers who earn tens of thousands of dollars a year educating our children, growing or serving us our food, throwing themselves into harm’s away to protect our life or property, that this difference reflects the true value or intrinsic worth of these jobs is nonsense.”
— Nick Hanauer, Venture Capitalist, on the necessity of a living wage (via cognitiveinequality)
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9 thoughts on “Vacuum Cleaners, Walmart, My Own Integrity

  1. I absolutely refuse to shop there. And did you know, their goal is to have a Wal-Mart every 3 miles, in every direction. I learned that while transcribing public meetings before one was built not far from me.

    • Seriously? So they’re not just ruining things here in the US. When the company started, it was some guy from the south. When the store first came near where I lived, it was all all about ‘made in America’. Signs to that effect all over the store. Then he died, and the greed-saturated heirs turned it into ‘made in China’ and started forcing other manufacturer’s out. Bad, bad news, Walmart is.

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