Wal-Mart http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1467/all en-US How many human lives is a flat panel TV worth? http://www.wisebread.com/stampede-death-walmart-black-friday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stampede-death-walmart-black-friday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/death_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I think that the iPhone is a neato gadget. I couldn't believe that people stood in line for them. The final Star Wars movie was decent - I waited for the DVD. Some people camped outside the damn theater.</p> <p>There are very few things that are important enough, to me, to stand in line to purchase. This is partly because I don't like people, and thus try to avoid milling among them for any amount of time. This is also because there's just no purchasable item that I find worth my time. It's also, partly, a product of my upbringing. My mother is simply not much of a bargain shopper, and certainly never waited outside of a store for more than a few minutes (nevermind hours) in order to get inside and snatch up the first discounted television set that she saw.</p> <p>This is why I am so completely baffled that a 270 pound man was trampled to death by rabid shopopers at a Wal-mart in Long Island this past Friday.</p> <p>Now, stampedes happen. Whenever people desperately flee to a new area and arrive at a bottleneck of somekind, someone is going to get hurt. You hear about it occasionally on the news: pligrims trampled in Ramadan pilgrimage. Nigerians tramped in riot. These are stampedes that make a tiny bit more sense in m brain: religious pilgrimages are emotional events, involving lots of activity and numerous people. While I am not religious, I can see why this might happen in, say, Mecca. Or in a poor country where people are scrounging for food.</p> <p>But this happened in Long Island. In the USA. Over Walmart merchandise.</p> <p>Let me repeat this: a man was trampled to death.&nbsp;A temporary employee of Wal-mart, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/nyregion/30walmart.html">Jdimytai Damour</a>, was crushed under the feet of shoppers eager to get their hands on cheap. Chinese-made goods. Shopper literally broke down the glass doors to the Wal-mart where Damour was working, and he remained under the door as hundreds of people clambored over the top of him. Imagine stepping over a man lying prone beneath a sheet of glass. Can you fathom that?&nbsp;Could you? For what? What could possibly allow human beings to behave like homicidal lemmings.</p> <p>I don't doubt that many people shop at Wal-mart in order to save money, but I seriously doubt that this insane mob of people consisted mostly of suburban mothers looking for jumbo-sized diaper packs. No, these were people looking for slashed prices on electronics, outdoor gear, and clothing. These were bargain shoppers, for sure, but no one who stepped on Damour's chest was there because they had run out of bread and heating oil.</p> <p>What have we come to? Is 20% off of a LCD television really worth the life of a man like Damour? Is it worth anything? How can anyone stand in line for this stuff? Wal-mart, really? Listen, I know I can be an elitist sometimes, but I&nbsp;occasionally shop at Walmart. But regardless of how good the deals are, how could any, or all, of the merchadise inside a Wal-mart be worth the life of a single person?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stampede-death-walmart-black-friday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-best-deals-of-the-year-shop-labor-day-and-skip-black-friday">For the Best Deals of the Year, Shop Labor Day and Skip Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-people-go-crazy-on-black-friday">Why People Go Crazy on Black Friday</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unbearably-stupid-packaging">Dumbest packaging ever?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-with-online-sample-sales">How to Save Money With Online Sample Sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/da-buy-world-considering-blue-saturday">Da&#039; Buy World: Considering &quot;Blue Saturday&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday consumerism death Jdimytai Damour sales shopaholic shopping stampede Thanksgiving trampled Wal-Mart Sun, 30 Nov 2008 11:20:11 +0000 Andrea Karim 2612 at http://www.wisebread.com Wal-Mart Celebrates Its Own Green Efforts with Free Reusable Shopping Bags http://www.wisebread.com/wal-mart-celebrates-its-own-green-efforts-with-free-reusable-shopping-bags <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wal-mart-celebrates-its-own-green-efforts-with-free-reusable-shopping-bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/recycle.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Wal-Mart gets its fair share of negative press (and Wise Bread bloggers aren&rsquo;t excluded.)<span> </span>However, a recent article in the new National Geographic&rsquo;s Green Guide magazine really had me thinking about some of the ways Wal-Mart has led the way with environmentally-friendly initiatives.<span> </span>Regardless of how you feel about Wal-Mart&rsquo;s status as a commercial superpower, you really have to take a look.<span> </span>(And while you&rsquo;re at it, snag a free shopping bag!)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">On April 19th, Wal-Mart stores everywhere will be celebrating Earth Month by partnering with Kellogg&rsquo;s and <a href="http://walmart.triaddigital.com/Sustainability-Article_ektid39874.aspx">giving away 1 million reusable shopping bags</a>.<span> </span>The bags will usually cost a buck to buy, but starting 8AM next Saturday, you can have one free!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Wal-Mart gets its fair share of negative press (and Wise Bread bloggers aren&rsquo;t excluded.)<span> </span>However, a recent article in the new National Geographic&rsquo;s Green Guide magazine really had me thinking about some of the ways Wal-Mart has led the way with environmentally-friendly initiatives.<span> </span>Regardless of how you feel about Wal-Mart&rsquo;s status as a commercial superpower, you really have to take a look.<span> </span>(And while you&rsquo;re at it, snag a free shopping bag!)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">On April 19th, Wal-Mart stores everywhere will be celebrating Earth Month by partnering with Kellogg&rsquo;s and <a href="http://walmart.triaddigital.com/Sustainability-Article_ektid39874.aspx">giving away 1 million reusable shopping bags</a>.<span> </span>The bags will usually cost a buck to buy, but starting 8AM next Saturday, you can have one free!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I have been following Wal-Mart&rsquo;s plastic waste war for quite some time.<span> </span>The recent article in Nat Geo&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thegreenguide.com/magazine/">The Green Guide</a> detailed Wal-Mart&rsquo;s journey from their plastic bag recycling receptacles to finished sustainable products and charitable donations to community organizations.<span> </span>(The full story can be seen in the debut issue.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">However, it is Wal-Mart itself who seems to have the most to say about their green efforts.<span> </span>Wal-Mart&rsquo;s goals to generate zero-net waste is a lofty one, but they have taken amazing steps toward eliminating unnecessary waste, including:</p> <ul> <li class="MsoNormal">Implementing the &ldquo;Sandwich Bale&rdquo; &ndash; a method of pressing loose plastic (shopping bags, etc.) between two stacks of cardboard before bundling for transport to recycling centers.<span> </span><strong><em>Wal-Mart estimates that this effort alone has diverted more than 97 million pounds of plastic from landfills</em></strong>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li class="MsoNormal">Developing the &ldquo;Super Sandwich Bale&rdquo; &ndash; this new practice from 2007 allowed Wal-Mart to include aluminum cans, plastic hangers, water bottles, office paper, paperback books, and other recyclables into ONE gigantic bale for transport.<span> </span><strong><em>Wal-Mart estimates that this has resulted in the diversion of millions upon millions of pounds of aluminum, office paper, and plastic from landfills.</em></strong></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li class="MsoNormal"><span class="MsoHyperlink"><strong><em><a href="http://www.kidsrecyclingchallenge.com/index.html">The Kids Recycling Challenge program</a></em></strong></span><strong><em> </em></strong>currently rewards schoolchildren with $5 for every 60 gallon collection bag they bring in to Wal-Mart recycling centers, in addition to cash prizes for the most motivated classrooms!</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Additional efforts include the recycling of cardboard boxes, paper recycling efforts at the corporate office, tire recycling at the auto repair centers, and a procedure for closed-loop recycling for suppliers (which allow some of the recycled materials to go back to manufacturers for the creation of new product at a lower cost.)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Granted, all of this green goodwill won&rsquo;t give Wal-Mart a free ticket into the hearts of many Americans.<span> </span>In fact, USA Today mentioned in a Sep 25, 2006 article that <span>&ldquo;<strong>Wal-Mart </strong>isn&rsquo;t pushing sustainability solely out of the goodness of its heart. It has realized that it can make money by selling products that are environmentally friendly. <strong>It can make millions selling recycled trash </strong>and save hundreds of millions by cutting transportation costs.&rdquo;</span><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">But is this so bad?<span> </span>Whether companies are motivated by money or morals, the outcome can be a great one for our planet.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I&rsquo;m taking advantage of the free bags on April 19, and if you&rsquo;re in the neighborhood, you might as well, too!<span> </span>Kids can also get free Wild Flower Seed Cards from Wal-Mart and Nickelodeon on this special day.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>(More information on Wal-Mart&rsquo;s initiatives can be found on their fact sheet <a href="http://walmartstores.com/Media/factsheets/fs_2323.pdf">at this link</a>.)</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wal-mart-celebrates-its-own-green-efforts-with-free-reusable-shopping-bags">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-patriotic-grab-a-free-national-guard-t-shirt">Feeling patriotic? Grab a free National Guard t-shirt.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-bag-of-yummy-corozonas-chips">Free Bag of Yummy Corozonas Chips!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-smashbox-cosmetics-at-nordstrom-deal-over">Free Smashbox Cosmetics at Nordstrom - DEAL OVER</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-8gb-ipod-touch-from-bbva-compass-bank">FREE 8GB iPod Touch From BBVA Compass Bank (Colorado)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-to-self-with-a-free-subscription">Treat yourself to SELF with a free subscription</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies freebie green recycle shopping bag Wal-Mart Sun, 13 Apr 2008 02:09:16 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2000 at http://www.wisebread.com Healthy Eating: The Sequel http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-eating-the-sequel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/healthy-eating-the-sequel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Grocery-Lyzadanger.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A while back, I wrote about the conundrum of wanting to eat healthy but finding that most healthy choices cost more than less healthy choices. My post, entitled <a href="/healthy-eating-itll-cost-you" target="_blank">“Healthy Eating: It’ll Cost You!”</a> was based on a <a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/05/a-high-price-for-healthy-food/" target="_blank">New York Times article</a> and on my personal experiences trying to shop wisely in rural America. I received a range of responses—many people seemed to agree that the American poor face a true dilemma when it comes to eating wisely. Some pointed out that I should just head to Trader Joe’s or a local ethnic market to save money. I don’t blame those people for not realizing that we don’t have Trade Joe’s or a local ethnic market. Sometimes when you’re used to living with those things, you forget they’re not everywhere. </p> <p>My friends in more metropolitan regions of the state have Trader Joe’s, as well as a nifty place called Plum’s that seems based on the same idea as Trader Joe’s, and a smattering of other small, reasonably priced “healthy-and-organic-on-the-cheap” options around town. Here, in sum, are my grocery options within thirty miles of my small town, whose economy, for what it’s worth, is largely stimulated by tourism and whose local residents are rarely as wealthy as the vacationers who flood the place in summer and winter. I’ve listed the stores in ascending order according to price:</p> <p>• WAL-MART—you all know this one. Rock-bottom prices and questionable company policies all around. I know people who drive 20 miles to shop here.<br />• THE REGULAR GROCERY STORE—a regional grocery chain with decent food selection, where you’ll pay more for the same items you get at Wal-Mart.<br />• THE FAMILY-OWNED GROCERY STORE—a small family-owned grocery with locations in four small towns. Decidedly more expensive than Wal-Mart. <br />• THE FOOD CO-OP—a well-stocked food co-op with plenty of healthy, but inevitably premium-priced, organic and local options.</p> <p>Come summer, of course, all of this changes; I live in a beautiful, agriculturally rich area, and the farmer’s markets are unmatched. But from November to May, you’ve got those four choices. I&#39;m sure the choices are similar throughout much of small-town America.</p> <p>I think it’s really all about short-term versus long-term thinking. Am I willing to pay one-and-a-half times as much, or even over twice as much, for groceries in short-term, if I know that by doing so I can support local businesses in the long-term? For those living close to or below the poverty line, short-term thinking is sometimes the only option, which is why these corporate giants can be so detrimental to our communities. When given the choice to pay $3 or $1.75 for a loaf of bread, there are plenty of people who simply have to pay $1.75. </p> <p>If you’re somewhere in the middle, check out my…</p> <p>SHORT-TERM TIPS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH LIMITED GROCERY OPTIONS:<br />• If you have a food co-op in your area, ask them for a coupon book. Most co-ops put one out monthly, and clipping coupons can offer amazing savings on regular grocery items. Most co-ops will also trade volunteer hours for discounts: volunteering just four hours a month at my co-op will earn you 10% off your total purchase every day of that month. <br />• Call your Chamber of Commerce to see if there are any incentive programs available for shopping at local businesses. In my town, anybody who works for a local business can get a Chamber Discount Card, giving them deals when they shop locally. It’s meant to encourage local businesses to support one another.<br />• Start small. Choose one or two items you want to buy organically or from a locally owned store each week. Maybe you’ll decide to buy organic milk, or local apples, or maybe you’ll just get a cup of coffee at the local shop instead of Starbuck’s (which we don’t have either, by the way…and I don’t miss it. Our little coffee shop is just what I need!). A friend of mine recently said she started out just buying one item a week, as well as whatever was on sale, at our food co-op. “Then, I just started buying more items there each week, and now that’s pretty much the only place I shop for my family,” she said. “I’ve made it work.” This might not be within economic reach for everyone, but you never know.<br />• Check your budget and weigh your priorities. Are there places where you could adjust in order to allow you to shop locally for a few items? I rarely buy a $3 latte anymore, and I rent movies rather than going to the theater, and the extra money in my pocket gives me a little extra to cover, say, the difference between shopping at a local grocery versus Wal-Mart.  </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-baughman">Sarah Baughman</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-eating-the-sequel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-meaning-of-milk-label-colors">The Meaning of Milk Label Colors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables">The Produce Worker&#039;s Guide to Choosing Fruits and Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Co-op grocery shopping local food Wal-Mart Wed, 02 Apr 2008 15:11:41 +0000 Sarah Baughman 1968 at http://www.wisebread.com Is Target Really Just as Bad As Wal-Mart? http://www.wisebread.com/is-target-really-just-as-bad-as-wal-mart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/is-target-really-just-as-bad-as-wal-mart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/targetcart.JPG" alt="Target shopping cart with teeth" title="Is Target Just a Smaller Shark?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I caught some flack here recently when I expressed a very common attitude: I won&#39;t shop at Wal-Mart due to their well known labor problems, but I love to shop at Target.</p> <p>Is there really any moral difference between shopping at the two big box stores? Or is it just that Isaac Mizrahi and Jovovich-Hawk blind us to the store&#39;s values?</p> <p>Here is how the two stores stack up:</p> <ul> <li>Both have fought off employee unionization efforts, so far with 100 percent success in the United States. Target employees are shown an <a href="http://www.alternet.org/workplace/35610/?comments=view&amp;cID=118628&amp;pID=118609">anti-union video as part</a> of their orientation. </li> <li>Neither store pays a living wage. A 2005 <a href="http://reclaimdemocracy.org/walmart/2005/target_better.php">newspaper article</a> quotes the United Food and Commercial Workers, which had tried to organize some Target workers, saying that wages and health plans at the two stores are similar, but Target&#39;s plan is more restrictive. &quot;We feel they are worse than Wal-Mart because they are masquerading as this benign employer,&quot; said Bernie Hesse, a UFCW leader, in a <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2008/03/18/news/companies/reingold_target.fortune/index.htm">Fortune piece</a> published this month.</li> <li>Both <a href="http://www.coopamerica.org/programs/rs/profile.cfm?id=295">Target</a> and <a href="http://www.coopamerica.org/programs/rs/profile.cfm?id=306">Walmart</a> use factories with poor human rights records. </li> <li>Both stores present obvious environmental problems with all the packaging used, etc. Both have initiatives to improve their record in this area; Wal-Mart&#39;s promises go farther, according to the <a href="http://aliberals-hitlist.blogspot.com/2007/08/target-and-wal-mart-try-to-get-green.html">Minneapolis Star Tribune</a>.</li> <li>With their low prices, both stores have the effect of putting smaller, more specialized and often locally owned retailers out of business.</li> </ul> <p>There are plenty of reasons in there to justify boycotting both chains. However, there are also arguments for focusing on just one store: A boycott of one store is more effective. People have to buy things someplace, and for many, especially those outside urban areas, that someplace is going to be a big box store. A boycott is an easier sell if it isn&#39;t an undue burden on those who are asked to participate.</p> <p>And if just one store is chosen, Wal-Mart is the obvious choice. Although both companies have labor problems, it&#39;s Wal-Mart that has shown in legal cases to abuse its workers by coercing them to put in <a href="http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0625-04.htm">unpaid overtime</a>, and its Wal-Mart that faces a class action lawsuit on <a href="http://www.walmartclass.com/public_home.html">discrimination against female employees</a> (Target was found guilty in an <a href="http://www.eeoc.gov/press/12-10-07a.html">EEOC suit</a> on racial discrimination in Wisconsin stores). </p> <p>Wal-Mart&#39;s <a href="http://www.coopamerica.org/programs/rs/profile.cfm?id=306">rap sheet</a> at Co-Op America is as long as my arm, much longer than Target&#39;s. It&#39;s true that as a larger and higher profile company, Wal-Mart has been the subject of more scrutiny, but still -- there are many more documented reasons to avoid Wal-Mart than Target.</p> <p>Finally, Wal-Mart&#39;s sheer size makes it the better candidate for a boycott. It&#39;s Wal-Mart&#39;s size that is allowing it to dictate changes in the retail supply chain worldwide. It&#39;s the size, and its 1.9 million employees, that make its wage-lowering influence on the labor market so powerful and its uncared-for workers such a burden on the public health system.</p> <p>This last fact, the size, is what keeps me away from Wal-Mart while still caving occasionally to Target&#39;s siren song. Even if Wal-Mart was a model of good labor practices, I would feel uncomfortable adding to this behemoth&#39;s coffers and helping it become more powerful than any world government. Personally, I feel that no company should be as big or powerful as Wal-Mart has become, and, no matter what the sins of the other retailers out there, I know for sure that I&#39;m not adding one more cent to the Wal-Mart world domination fund.</p> <p>By the way, if you are looking for a big-box retailer with a reputation as a fair employer, <a href="http://www.laborresearch.org/print.php?id=391">look no farther than Costco</a>, where employees make more, get better health care, and see a smaller difference between their own wages and those of executives than workers at either of the two leading retail chains. Costco is <a href="http://www.coopamerica.org/programs/rs/profile.cfm?id=207">far from perfect</a>, of course -- choices that truly benefit communities, the environment, etc. don&#39;t involve big boxes at all. But in a relative world, shopping there will cause you less guilt than shopping at Wal-Mart or Target.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-target-really-just-as-bad-as-wal-mart">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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