why you should boycott Walmart

Pimp My Novel put out a blog post about how Walmart is detrimental to the publishing industry.  You can now add books to the list of items Walmart is destroying.  Due to Walmart charging less for books (Amazon and Target are being forced to follow suit), bookstores are slowly going out of business.  It’s tough to sell a book in this economy, and even tougher when a large company is taking a loss when selling books in order to sell other items.  In the end, publishers will be forced to lower the prices of their books, which results in cutting costs by lowering quality.

Walmart tries to bully companies into finding ways to produce their goods cheaper.  Do you really want to buy something that was made cheaply in order to be able to sell it cheaply?  I would rather pay a few bucks extra to buy a toy that won’t poison my child.  And this bloated company is attempting to do the same thing to the publishing industry, where it’s difficult enough for an author to make a living.  Few authors actually make their advance in book sales; what will happen when Walmart picks and chooses which books get sold for $10?  Basically, they’ll have control over what gets sold. Period.

Walmart is a terribly company for many reasons – this is certainly just on top of a heap of crap they have created.  For instance, in my hometown of Florence, AL, Walmart has resulted in many other stores closing.  Luckily, here in Nashville we have plenty of other options, but people in Florence aren’t quite so lucky.  I’ve heard of worse circumstances in even smaller towns.

Really, I urge everyone I know to avoid shopping at Walmart.  Every company has its flaws, but Walmart’s problems affect many aspects of the entire country.  That’s how much of a giant it is.  If you want to keep your options open, support other businesses.

It may cost you 30 cents less for that box of cereal, but ask yourself how exactly Walmart managed to charge you 30 cents less.  What’s the true price of such low cost?

And besides, the publishing industry already has other issues working against it (such as e-readers); don’t add to the problem by supporting Walmart.  Support reading by seeking out other places to spend your money.

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5 Comments to “why you should boycott Walmart”

  1. Amen. It is hard enough for the publishing industry to continue with its outdated system, let alone with stores making the profit margin ever narrower. As it is, walmart can destroy any of those books and get a FULL REFUND from the company, rather than sending it back. >.< This sort of thing has got to go if publishing is to flourish ever again.

  2. I wish companies (including the publishers) would have the balls to refuse to let Walmart carry their products. If enough people refused to do business with them, it might have some sort of positive impact. The truth about Walmart’s policies really needs to be discussed more openly.

  3. I always forget that I hate Wal-Mart’s policies when I’m struggling for/with money. I think that’s why they keep winning, those bastards. But thank you for the reminder. I’m going to make a concentrated effort to shop elsewhere.

  4. It was really hard for me at first, too. But once I stayed conscious of it and made an effort, over the years I don’t even think about going there anymore. You should also watch Wal-mart: The High Cost of Low Price. It’s not very entertaining, but you’ll learn a lot!

  5. OMG that is terrific! I adore your work! Guess I am not as contemporaneous as your regular readers! I swear I have fallen in love with your blog… Incredible writing! You’re an outstanding and talented person, keep up the individuality 🙂

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