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Wal-Mart success a victory for democracy

Posted by: Mike Sprout ( Canada ) on January 25, 1998 at 19:35:00:

In Reply to: The Many Walmarts posted by The Everett Citizen on January 14, 1998 at 19:46:07:

E.C., your always complaining about things be "undemocratic". Whats wrong with a company having success by giving consumers what they want? I doubt Wal-Mart is attracting the capitalist "fat cats" you loath so much (jealosy?). Consumers have obviously like Wal-Marts model, and are voting with their dollars.

My city is one of the oldest in Canada. Yes, we have Wal-Mart, a just opened Costco, and Home Depot under construction, but our downtown continues to thrive with a few chains and many independants happily coexist. True, the nature of many of the smaller shops had to change, but by concentrating on superior service and specializing in areas of expertise they are able to carve out a niche in the competive retail industry. I suppose you'd prefer a retail systme like the former Soviet Union - long lines, no choice, etc

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