I just finished watching the documentary Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price. It is one of those films that you can almost write before you ever see it – well, if you are at all informed about business in America you can. I liked the film in that it backed up one of my largest rants with real facts and figures. It is a serious documentary that seeks to expose serious issues. While it would have been easy for the film to slip into hyperbole and exaggeration, Robert Greenwald instead chooses to stick to the facts. With facts like these, there is no need to overstate.
This is an important film that you should watch. I for one have decided to no longer shop at WalMart (which was not a tough decision since I haven’t bought anything there in months.) This came about not as a personal campaign against WalMart, but as part of a personal campaign against spending for the sake of spending. In attempting to simplify my life, I have discovered that the less “things” I purchase, the easier my life becomes. I mean come on – do I really need a $3 toaster anyway? CLICK THE IMAGE TO ORDER A COPY OF THE DVD!!
Check this film out – I will be happy to loan it to anyone, but it can also be purchased relatively cheap from the producer’s website.
RATING 9 out of 10
One interesting side note to this WalMart video was that while looking at links on the film’s site, I found AdBusters.org. They are declaring November 25th as Buy Nothing Day. This is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year… so I am relatively sure that the drop off won’t even make a dent in commerce, but you have to give them credit for not shying away from a huge task.
But, but, but.. I just reported on all those great Black Friday deals, including some wal*mart stuff (well, via links).
Heh. I agree. Wal*Mart comes in handy for things that I have trouble finding elsewhere… Like iron-on denim patches for my jeans. But for the general stuff? Bah, humbug. A pox on Wallyworld.