The Spread of Wal*Mart


Flowing Data has a map showing the spread of Wal*Mart stores from 1964 to the present (but only in the United States). You can zoom in or out while the video runs. The burst of new locations at the very end is for proposed sites. Link -via the Presurfer

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wow. just wow. DAMN i hate wal mart.

you know that the ONLY reason anyone can give me for shopping at wal-mart is that they have the cheapest prices? give me another reason to go there and i might.

i DON'T shop at wal-mart because of their cheap prices. because it's the principle behind WHY their prices are so cheap. because they have devalued absolutely everything we know to be a rare commodity. because they have instilled their belief that anything can be replaced instead of updated or fixed. because their new motto (save money, live better) is manipulative and degrading.

and the only choice we have is to shop or not shop there. oh capitalism... i learned in my marketing class last year that the only reason wal-mart cannot be considered a monopoly (and therefore be somewhat regulated) is because they technically still have a fair-share of competition. ironic thing though- their competition is f-ing Target. and Kmart. and the rest of the giant multi-billion-dollar companies. ah yes... the free economy... sniff it while it still exists.
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True that notfromconcentrate.

Penn & Teller took on Wal-Mart Haters in Season 5 of Penn & Teller's Bullsh!t!

Southpark had fun with it too. I think that Reason Magazine had an article on it as well.

People who hate Wal-Mart and shop at target are stupid as well. If you can't stand Capitalism and you favor government regulation, then please by all means learn to speak and read in Spanish. Cuba and Venezuela are not too far away.
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Jay: There is a key difference between Cancer and Wall-Mart. Cancer is an invasive disease that kills people. Wall-Mart is a store. But then I suppose you were just being poetic.....hm. Also, while it is a shame that Wall-Mart DOES drive the fabled "mom and pop" stores out of business,the boutique shop population has skyrocketed in the past twenty or so years. Mom and pop may be forced to diversify or move on to something else. I notice no one sheds the same crocodile tears when Small farms and natural resource based economies are decimated by the environmental lobby that bases it's arguments on highly suspect scientific findings and outright lies. Of course, simple government expansion is to blame for this imposed poverty in many rural areas of the U.S. Hey! maybe government regulation is a cancer! It certainly drives many more small businesses to extinction than Wall-Mart does.
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