Very well put Treadlight. The documentary also had a spot about how many small businesses WalMart put out of business. Most of those seem to be smaller towns and cities than ours but the result was the same. It kinda goes back to 'you get what you pay for".
Walmart will go into a new market, and send teams of people out with shopping lists, they go into all of the "mom and pop" stores, as well as the larger stores. They will get pricing information on every product line that the sell. They will absoulutely be the lowest price on that item, until the competition withers away, even if it means selling at a loss. After there is no more local competition they will bring the prices of there items to a profitable level.
The jobs that they provide are low paying, jobs with poor benefits. They are filled with the people who used to make a more reasonable wage in the smaller stores.
I know for a fact that this happens, I have witnessed it first hand.
As I said, I believe in free enterprise, but as a consumer I don't have to give my money to this predatory company. I think if more people understood how they come up with such low prices, they might, choice to pay just a little more.
Sorry for going on about this subject.