crappy jobs, Wal-Mart and links

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This week I came across a couple of articles that I had something to say about, and a couple I simply enjoyed for reading pleasure – plus a bunch of others that might be useful to you or that just caught my attention for one reason or another.

I’ve gotta say…

Two articles are going to prompt a few comments from me.  First came Life’s Too Short for a Crappy Job.  I wrote a fairly lengthy comment at the end of this post, so hop over there to read it, but the gist of my comment (and the post) was this:  do not kill yourself for a job.  Work hard, sacrifice, fine.  Endanger your health, your sanity, or your mental stability?  Never.  Times are tough – I’m having a terrible time with my consulting business – but don’t assume that a job that is going to hurt you in the short term, or the long term, is something you need to pursue.

The other article was “Wal-Mart Saves You Money Even if You Never Shop There.”  Well, of course it does.  It depresses local communities so buying power is lower.  It uses near-serf labor from developing countries for many of its goods.  It doesn’t respect unions, or help with health care costs like most major corporations.  It’s a bargain.  I’ve come all the way from being a Wal-Mart shareholder – I made a lot of money off their stock in the 80s and 90s – to refusing to shop there.  Companies like these simply can’t be the future of American capitalism.  Don’t shop there for the holidays.  At least shop at their marginally more responsible big-box competitors like Costco and Target (and of those two, Costco is far better).

And then a few more comments…

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And lastly, the grab bag:

3 Replies to “crappy jobs, Wal-Mart and links”

  1. Thanks for the mention.

    It’s hard to draw the line when it comes to spending money. On the one hand, I would like to support small, local business – but some of them are extremely expensive. On the other hand, I don’t want to encourage slave labour (ie Walmart), but the prices are much cheaper.

    Airlines are a great example – everyone bitches about the service, delays, small seats, extra charges etc. But we also tend to buy tickets based on price alone!


  2. Well, one way or the other, if you shop at the big box retailers you’re supporting China and destroying local labor. I don’t like it either – I’m trying to be frugal and Wal-Mart’s clearly the most frugal choice all the time but the simple fact is – at the end of the day – it is hurting our countries. Full stop. Counterargument? i save money in the short term. It’s a hard sell for me. I just don’t want to play that game anymore.

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