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 comments

  • Thanks for the mention Steve!

  • 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!

    Mike

  • 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.