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User DonTago on Reddit elaborates on what Wal-Marts really are.
“I know it is fashionable to hate on Wal-Mart and all, however, I believe that Wal-Mart is simply an inevitable result or endgame of American’s ultimate desire for convenience, cheapness and efficiency. The development of the car-centered “world of tomorrow” after WWII put the death-nail in just about all down-towns across the US. People in the 60s were convinced by now the world would look like THIS . You saw it in cartoons like the Jetsons, landing on the moon, modern conveniences like the microwave, etc. People really felt we were in the future, so they were willing to discard the tradition of small downtowns for the 60s shopping centre and one-stop grocery stores. Walmart was the predictable outcome of a mega-combination of those two ideas.
Once people had the luxury of doing all their shopping at just 3 places, then 2 places, the next logical step would be they would want somewhere to do all their shopping at just ONE place. Consumers would refuse to go backwards at that point, where they previously had to stop at 6 or 7 different stores just to do their errands. Hell, it was the future after all, forget that shit. Also, we constantly demanded more, but at cheaper prices. However, we failed to notice [or failed to care] that our demand in cheapness inevitably resulted in a reduction in quality of our products.
So, only now we look back at the traditional model of a town, these hollow shells that exist now, and we sigh. Many blame Wal-Mart for the death of our towns. However, I believe it was not them, it was us. We demanded it, we created it. We saw it as our destiny. We wanted our flying cars, our 5 second pizza, our mega-screen TV, our Back-to-the-Future world. Well, our future arrived, but we don’t like it. And now we are forced to lie in the bed we have made for ourselves.”
Enjoy the insight.