Are you guys kidding? I LOVE Wal-Mart! Where else can I go to get a tie for my suits for $9?
It's not so much the low prices, and especially not the crowd that shops there (I went there last night just to pick up some groceries-it's the only thing CLOSE to a grocery store within a 20 mile radius of campus-and EVERYONE within the 15% tax bracket was there doing last minute shopping).
Rather, I love the company for it's business model (yes, I'm a capitalist pig accounting/business major). The reason Wal-Mart is so successful is because stores are established in smaller towns where there is no big competition from K-Mart, WareMart, Costco, etc. Part of it is also Sears, Montgomery Wards, and Mervyn's collapsing because they can't compete with the dot-com shopping craze (mostly run through Amazon.Com).
Wal-Mart has gotten a lot of bad press, but if you talk to anyone who has at least a triple-digit IQ who's worked for them, you'll realize, other than employing illegal immigrants, all of the charges against Wal-Mart are from whiny liberal yuppie scum. These are the same people who complain they aren't getting a 401k plan when they work at Pizza Hut.
If there were no low-price, high volume retailers like Wal-Mart, especially in a world that thinks their local economy suffers when corporations offer economic growth and jobs, our nation's economy would collapse.
Local businesses hardly contribute to the growth of the economy (measured by the Gross Domestic Product). Without big businesses to spread wealth through loans, investments (banks are the intermediaries which make the increase in the volume of currency by the Federal Reserve possible, and only through customers taking out loans), and more importantly, as well retained earnings spread through dividends to common and preferred stock investors, as well as PAYCHECKS GOING TO THOSE POOR, MANIPULATED LOW-INCOME FAMILIES EVERYONE COMPLAINS ARE "ABUSED", there would be no increased spending.
It is spending, after all, which circulates liquid assets faster and produces more currency than investing. The million dollar yacht purchased by a wealthy investor, for example, employs skilled workers, which make money, spend their income, which is then diverted to the income of other employees in various other businesses.
Wal-Mart, therefore, would be considered the ultimate incarnation of the Word of God as passed on by Jesus. It is a means for those on a limited budget to both seek employment, moving up the ranks to a better future limited only by their drive, and a corporation which benefits the local economy far more than local yokel businesses.