Smart Shoppers

The Pew Research Center has the results on polls showing how people view Wal-Mart.

How Wal-Mart Is Viewed

Here is a summary of the results. Notice the high favor ratings for Wal-Mart in all categories asked.

Who Shops At Wal-Mart

Here is a breakdown of Wal-Mart shoppers.

Notice the economic breakdown? It is primarily the poor that shop at Wal-Mart, and it is primarily the poor that benefit because of Wal-Mart.

For more on the study go here.

18 Responses to “Smart Shoppers”


  • Still not shopping there!

    Aside from their policies/politics, it is the scummiest place to go. Call me a shopping snob but I don’t like the place. Target is the place for me.

    My aunt said that she heard that Wal Mart was trying to buy Target though…

    PLEASE tell me that is just a bad joke!!!

    Have you heard about the Wal-Mart problem in the Central Valley? Wal Mart wanted to open a SuperStore or what ever their BIG Wal Mart is called. The City Council told them no and Wal Mart is suing them. It has been a crazy battle. We already have a store in town.

  • Hi. If you’re Hispanic, why don’t you link to a single blog or other page that is in Spanish?

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  • kelly,

    You may be surprised to find out that I completely support you in your decision to not shop at Wal-Mart. In fact, had all opponents of Wal-Mart pursued this very strategy and accomplished their goal of stopping Wal-Mart in this fashion you wouldn’t hear a word of protest from me.

    Unfortunately, this is not the way it is played out in the real world. Opponents of Wal-Mart don’t just refuse to shop there themselves; instead they want to take that option away from the rest of us. More importantly, these largely rich Wal-Mart opponents want to prohibit the poor from shopping at Wal-Mart, which also happens to be one of the cheapest places to buy food, diapers, and clothing, things that are vitally important to the poor.

    So I say shop on, but don’t take the choice away from others, especially those that most need that choice.

    Anonymous,

    Yawn.

  • walmart was not allowed to build inside the city limits here in chicago (thank god). i don’t think their prices necessarily spell survival for the poor or working class. there are other options for food and diapers, such as aldi’s (not sure if you got those in cal), generic brand items at regular grocers and target, dollar store, as well as the thrift shop. but i know that wal-mart has that certain appeal for those trying to make their dollar stretch and allow themselves luxuries. i recently went to wal-mart (but we speak of this to no one) it was my last resort for an item i was looking for. i had not been there in a couple of years, i was astounded by how cheap everything was. suddenly i wanted to go into impulse-buy mode because everything was so cheap…and in the end isn’t that a true poor man’s trap?

  • Some poor man’s, but certainly not all. My dad, for example, grew up extremely poor, both in Mexico and in the United States, and also happens to be one of the smartest, most thrifty consumers I know. In fact, he gives me more advice on credit card debt and my bad habits than anybody I know. He is also more the norm in my family than the exception.

    Wal-Mart doesn’t just provide the poor with much needed low prices, Wal-Mart also provides the poor with much needed jobs. Yet the company is blocked out of areas that could use both, more jobs and cheaper products, and usually by those who have both, money to buy more expensive products and a job, go figure.

    To steal a common phrase used by those on the left, “If you don’t like Wal-Mart, don’t shop there, but don’t take the choice away from others to decide for themselves whether or not to shop there or work there”. that’s all I’m saying.

  • I used to not shop at WalMart because of the way they treated their workers and the rest of the that argument. Than I did some research and found out that they are one of the best companies in America at diversifying their management with minorities and women. My socioeconomic standing can change, but I will always be Latino. I now shop at WalMart & Sam’s Club.

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