The boyf and I watched Wal-Mart – The High Cost of Low Price, last night. Chilling stuff. I try to buy local when I can and believe that retail globalisation is responsible for many of society’s ills (as well as those of the environment), but some of this was truly disgusting. Never mind the abuse of workers in other countries (which was horrible), but they exploit every part of the US system to extract maximum profit from their workers and customers. Their pay structures mean many of their “associates” have to use welfare for healthcare. Ugh.
The response of Wal-Mart to the movie made a very interesting read.