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Everyone has seen Wal-Mart's lavish television commercials, but have you ever wondered why Wal-Mart spends so much money trying to convince you it cares about your family, your community, and even its own employees? What is it hiding?

WAL-MART: The High Cost of Low Price takes you behind the glitz and into the real lives of workers and their families, business owners and their communities, in an extraordinary journey that will challenge the way you think, feel... and shop.

Customer Reviews:

  • Wal-Mart flipped.
    This was a powerful documentary, even though you could tell by the title that it's obviously anti wal-mart. I didn't have a problem with that, because I myself am anti wal-mart. I used to believe in that chain, loved the way Sam Walton went from store to store in every town, flying his own small plane and dressed in jeans and flannel. He knew exactly what was going on in every store down to the piddliest details like uniform costs, and other minor details. I loved the way he would go out of his way to put US made products on his shelves, and he built a giant on the premise of low prices/US goods. Well he must be spinnin in his grave now, looking down on his what his spoiled kids have done to that chain. Putting their bottom line ahead of our national security, selling out to the Chinese. Now I know that it's harder and harder to find any goods that aren't made in China, but at least the other big chains didn't build their business on touting US made goods, and then turn around and stick it to American companies and their goods. How long is going to take this apathetic country of ours to realize that if this continues to go on, eventually we won't manufacture anything anymore. At that point we will be done as a powerful nation, because we will be fully dependent on, and beholden to the Chinese. Which is exactly what they want. All we'll have to do is piss them off, and they could impose a trade embargo that could cripple this nation. This is what the film fails to lead to. That at this very moment, China could leave every single wal-mart (as well as most other stores) as bare as a baby's butt. What do you think is going to happen to soccer mom when she can't get anything at the store? When all the soccer moms start fighting and rioting over the last of anything. Which is why wal-mart getting into the grocery business really, really scares me. What will happen when a corporation controls all the food and clothing you need, and is in bed with an enemy of the US? When China can control us at that level we are doomed. If you think you are improving you children's lives by buying everything at wal-mart's low prices, think again. Every dollar you spend there is a dollar towards the decimation of their future. Hopefully this film can open enough eyes to prevent this anti-American, subversive, greedy Walton family from selling our country out from under us lock, stock, and barrel. I share it and tell everyone who'll listen all about this film. To me, it's about saving this country before it's too late. Thanks for reading this....more info
  • Line Up The Sheep, It's Time To Shop
    I've always been skeptic about Wal-Mart, yet still shopped there. The workers looked unhappy, tired. I asked a few what was wrong (just out of curiosity) and got the answer "tired."

    This movie, along with The Corporation, give insight as to what huge companies really care about: themselves. The shutting out of small businesses, the exploitation of workers (here and overseas), the stripping of "benefits," and just the overall competition to make more are explored in this film. Some reviewers complained about the low quality of the film, but they might be used to documentaries with a bigger budget. What this movie lacks in flash they make up with information.

    I haven't been to Wal-Mart since watching this. And I know it really doesn't make a difference to them. Millions of other sheep are herded into their stores with the "Low Price" advertizing, and especially the economic trouble we're in right now, that concept of "saving" is being exploited. People don't care anymore about anything except money...that goes for us too!

    You don't have to believe anything I or the filmakers say about Wal-Mart. Do your own research and see what you find. I did, and would rather be homeless than be associated with Wal-Mart....more info
  • Excellent yet so morbid, I couldnt watch the whole thing
    Despite being very left-of-the-centre (or so I believe) and a small business owner too I just felt my heart break watching this documentary.

    Just how the poverty line with the people that lost out cause Wal-Mart moved in and those that work for it made me realise the truth and evils that may come with a corperation, and how much it resembles a virus.

    I just couldnt finish it. You might enjoy it if you can stomach watching peoples lives get destroyed by this sort of a company, but i couldnt.

    I gave my copy to a local high school for their social sciences classes that grades 10-12 take. ...more info
  • I cut up my Sam's card after viewing this video
    I will not go into detail about the documentary content, as other reviews have covered that quite well, but I will relate my reaction to the video.

    This was my second Wal-Mart documentary. I had previously seen a Frontline documentary that was very informative, but not as in depth as this video. After the first documentary, I stopped shopping at Wal-Mart. I really enjoyed shopping at Sam's, though, and rationalized continuing to shop there. After seeing this video, I cut up my Sam's card halfway through the year and will never give the Wal-Mart corporation another penny of my hard-earned money. I'm voting with my dollar, because sometimes that is the only way to let these greedy people know that their inhumane practices will not be tolerated. ...more info
  • Ruthless and shameful
    Walmart takes pride in being a family orriented store but the video shows how bad they treat their own family (employees). It was a strech to claim that palates outside a Walmart store was causing polution in a river near by it, but that is the only part of the video that I didn't care for. You need to see this video and the next time you go shopping you will more than likely go to Target, I did. ...more info
  • All Wal-Mart shoppers should see this!
    I saw this on TV and bought the DVD to share with others. The many, many aspects of the greedy Wal-mart needs to be brought out into the open. The shoppers at Wal-Mart are saving pennies, but making society, (themselves included), pay for all the companies' short-falls, so the greedy Waltons can get richer, while costing the US's communities, schools, quality stores, etc, not to mention the subsidies the government (us) has to pay out, because now their workers are eligible because of the rich company's greed. Even their "Danish" cookies are made in China. That's the Country that killed our many pets, and manufacture lead-containing baby bibs, toys,etc., remember? Since I refuse to buy anymore products made in China, I won't shop there just for that reason, but watch the video and judge for yourself. The video is informative, and interesting and no matter what you think of it, it isn't boring....more info
  • Must See For WalMart Shoppers
    WalMart does offer low prices, but do you know how they can keep their prices low? Hiring illegal immigrant workers, setting up factories in China and paying the workers less than $3.00 A DAY! The stories of small town businesspeople having to close their family stores were especially poignant, as well as the interviews with exploited overseas workers in Walmart's sweatshops. Even one of the company's plant inspectors said he just cried when he went back to his hotel after his first inspection. We learn that because staff wages and benefits are so pitifully meager, thousands upon thousands of Wal-Mart employees in numerous states qualify for and regularly receive benefits from public assistance programs, even as they work.
    As long as consumers think only of their own bottom line - buying everything they want at the absolute lowest price every time, never connecting the dots between low price, lousy service, substandard employment conditions, financial drains on the public sector, and the loss of fondly recalled small businesses - WalMart will continue to eat away at our culture, parasitically suck away on our national nutrient resources, all the while building up its corporate treasures into a war chest to combat any and all challenges to its destructive excesses. If you shop at WalMart, I really think you should see this video....more info
  • Excellent
    Shows you alot about Walmart, some things you could never imagine, and what happens to keep the prices so low......more info
  • Thanks!
    The movie is awesome and informational. We showed it at an advocacy meeting for fair trade. And the best part is that it came on time. Props....more info
  • No objectivity whatsoever
    This documentary is as biased as they come. Its one and only purpose is to paint Wal-mart as the devil. With zero objectivity, they guide the viewer into learning about the evils of Wal-Mart; and evil they may be but, a little objectivity may have been good. The documentary does raise some interesting things that the general public may not know (I learned quite a few things). The documentary is a bit too long and boring, but interesting nonetheless.
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  • wally world
    Every one should watch this documentary. Walmart's corporate policies are not in the best interest of the country. The Walton family should be ashame to be seen in public. To be so wealthy, and to do so little for the less fortunate is incredibly selfish. I haven't shopped at Walmart for many years and unless I see significant improvement in their policies, I won't be shopping there for many years to come....more info
  • even more frightening when put altogether, here
    Robert Greenwald outdid himself with this one, with more money and time to spend on the project. We all know a little of this Wal-Mart story, but when put together; it is deeply disturbing. Just yesterday I noticed at my chain grocery the McCormick garlic powder is a PRODUCT OF CHINA. 'Nuff said....more info
  • Where you spend matters.
    Good movie that should make people think about the power of their spending dollars.

    Wal-Mart is as dirty as they come. Watch this movie and see what they don't want you to think about.


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  • Amateurish, shamelessly subjective
    I was indeed hoping for a meaningful documentary in this, but it's well below par of something a true news organization would put its name to.

    Although nobody starts such a documentary without an agenda, in this case it's shamelessly obvious. A great deal of people are interviewed but they unanimously have nasty things to say about Walmart. Other than a few headline-news statistics, this is all hearsay; not backed by anything except the word of mostly disenfranchised ex-employees.

    The only pro-walmart people to speak are of the CEO via news clips taken from the him speaking in interviews or other speeches.

    Of course, there's the cliche of the downsized town (no mention of those in the town who really appreciate the new Walmart), ex-employees talking about sexual harassment or racism (as if no other business suffers from such things), etc. ad tedium.

    Nothing new to learn here. I do feel sorry for people who lack such objectivity that they'd easily be sold to this documentary's agenda, though.

    I gave it a 2/5 and not a 1/5 because it did a good effort of presenting one side of the story, but there is always another side--unless you're the author of this piece and your mind is already made up, that is....more info
  • OK, but
    This was OK. All interviews. Gets a little tedious after awhile. Not as good as the one PBS did....more info
  • life changing
    i say life changing because i don't know anyone who doesn't shop at walmart except one other person who also watched this. i promote this movie to friends and family, hopefully they will accept it. one profound thing i took away from this movie is that small town living is priceless and walmart destroys small towns....more info
  • No more money for Wal-mart
    I have never been a big fan of Wal-Mart, however, after viewing this movie, and the realization set in as to just how evil and greedy this company is, I decided that Wal-Mart and (Sam's Club) will get no more of my hard earned cash.

    There ARE other sources that sell whatever they sell, of course they might not be as convenient. Most stores are not open 24/7, but I don't HAVE to shop then either.

    I use blank DVD's and cases by the dozens, and had been getting them from Sam's, as they were locally the most economical source. I went on the web yesterday and ordered a quantity of both, for about the same price (including shipping) that I would pay at Sam's.

    I have even found AMERICAN MADE JEANS and other clothing and shoes on the web for only a few bucks more than I would pay at Wal-Mart, for slave made goods.

    I would hope that others who view this movie take a similar initiative....more info
  • Satisfied Wal-Mart Customer
    Last year I found myself in a small town in Indiana, after 8:00pm one night, suddenly in need of a dress shirt for a photo shoot the next morning. The only store open anywhere was the Wal-Mart across the parking lot from my hotel.

    Reluctantly, I ventured in. I was AMAZED. Here was this entire department store, in the middle of nowhere, with clothes and tools and food all scattered willy-nilly everywhere with no salespeople anywhere in sight. It reminded me of Goodwill but with price tags. I found a shirt that would look okay on camera and paid $5.97 for it. So what if it was made in China by virtual slave labor? The bored clerk rang up the sale and I was back in my hotel room by 8:15.

    I still have the shirt -- although I haven't worn it since....more info
  • Know the truth
    Walmart screws its employees. Walmart screws the taxpayers. Walmart screws you. Watch this well made video, learn the truth, and never support this company again. ...more info
  • Greed
    The sons and daughters of Walmart were born without souls, and that's putting it lightly. I've read on many occasions that film makers have reached out to Lee Scott to get HIS side of the story for their films, but he never seems interested. Probably because he can't dispute the cold hard facts and statistics that these types of documentary's reveal.

    The amount of greed associated with Walmart completely boggles my mind. I've seen it first hand here in my city, they build one supercenter, and just a few miles down the road they build another. WHAT'S THE POINT? Is the 30 billion dollars a year not enough?

    And the Wholesome All-American image Walmart portrays in the media and television is just icing on the cake....more info
  • Boo hoo Walmart's evil. WAaaaaa!
    One-sided movie about as impactful as a Michael Moore film. I'm assuming all of you writing reviews here about how evil Walmart is buy your veggies and fruit from one place, your deli meats from the deli, your bread from the bakery, your meat from the butcher etc...You don't dare step into a supermarket, do you? I for one am glad we can buy all these things in one place, instead of spending a whole day going all over town to buy your groceries for the week. The way to compete against WalMart is to offer something they can't tap into (high-end products, niche-markets).

    Stay away from this film, it's garbage. But if you need to buy it Walmart sells it for $7.99...more info
  • This is a must see documentary
    Before you go to Wal-Mart, take a look at this documentary. It is very up front about the operation of the business and the stores. I first saw it on cable but never got to see it from the beginning. Then I rented the documentary and saw it for myself from the beginning till the end including special features. It is awful and outrageous of how this family, the Waltons, can sit back and float in their millions while employees suffer under working conditions, little pay, and high cost of health insurance. They are forced to apply for government assistance just to get by.
    Shame on the government for subsidizing them. They are just as responsible for allowing them to do this while ordinary citizens are struggling to make ends meet, keep their businesses and provide a good education for their children. On the flip side, people are looking at Wal-Mart and taking action against them setting up businesses in their neighborhood.
    I only visited Wal-Mart once and there is nothing for me to rave about. Just because prices are low doesn't mean that quality is good. I can do better elsewhere in another store or at an outside market....more info
  • Somebody Is Paying The Price
    This was a fascinating look at the Wal-Mart entity. The documentary takes the viewer on a back and forth ride between what the CEO of Wal-Mart says, and what they, as a corporation, do. Words versus Action. What it really exposes is the fact that the "every day low prices" are for paid by someone, whether they be the community, associates or Chinese workers. This show clearly demonstrates the greed of the company and the abuse that the workers suffer. It also shows the direct attack on those wishing to form a collective bargaining unit. The old axiom holds true, you can't get something for nothing, or in this case for a low price. I highly recommend this film and join with those who refuse to support these unethical practices.

    One more thing that could be added, that isn't shown in this film, is the lobbying Wal-Mart did after Sept 11 to stop the federal government from inspecting more cargo that enters the US because it would cost Wal-Mart in time and sales. Sick!...more info
  • Very Biased, Only Showing One Point Of View.
    "Wal Mart: The High Cost Of Low Prices" is a documentary about how Wal Mart destroys small towns and the family owned businesses that reside within them. The documentary makes good points and Wal Mart does put some small family owned businesses out of business however this movie is extremely one sided and unfair to Wal Mart. Just because a bigger business puts a smaller one out does not make it inherently evil. We live in a capitalistic society. If you provide a signifigantly better product consumers will shop at your store. if you don't they are going to shop at Wal Mart to get a significantly better price. I feel the movie should have tried to get some unbiased consumer opinions about Wal Mart. Not everyone can hate Wal Mart considering its sales account for a signifigant percentage of this nations GDP. I enjoy documentaries and for that reason I still did find enjoyment in a completely one sided documentary. Although I disagree with it, I suggest you watch the movie yourself and come to your own conclusions.

    3 out of 5 stars....more info
  • A Shocking Documentary, But I Still Shop There
    I heard a lot about this documentary and finally set aside time to view it. From the title alone you know that the film is going to be a Wal-Mart bashing story from beginning to end. With documentaries and television news features like this I normally begin with a bias favoring the defendent -- in this case, Wal-Mart. I expected to hear the usual digruntled rantings of lazy terminated employees and other crazies who thrive on complaints against their "oppressive" employers.

    After watching the film I decided that my preconceived notion was incorrect. Though there may be some professional conspiracy theorists interviewed in the movie, there are such a variety of current (as of 2005) and prior employees, both management and associates, involved in this project that there must be validity to their complaints.

    The one thing that bothers me about the film is that it lacks balance. We never get Wal-Mart's side of the issue except for pirated clips from corporate videos and short interview snippets that were lensed by someone else. These clips are always presented with commentary, captions, or ominous music that automatically characterize them as Wal-Mart propaganda. Surely there must be at least one current or former Wal-Mart manager or associate willing to stand in front of the store in the parking lot to say something good about the organization.

    There are a lot of givens with Wal-Mart. One of the movie portrayals is that Wal-Marts have destroyed old fashioned downtown businesses. Face it, most downtown businesses with their limited floor space and modest hours deserved to go the way of the dinosaurs. I remember years ago living in a small Georgia town where the Main Street businesses, complete with shoddy Mayberry awnings, already looked as if they were half abandoned. Those still operating opened but a few brief hours and did not accept credit cards or personal checks. These were the types of stores where you often found yourself waiting, sometimes in vain, for assistance at the register because the clerk thought it more important to finish telling his epic hospital stay or fishing story to some other flannel shirted crony. In the case of this particular Georgia town, when it was announced that Wal-Mart was moving in there were the usual complaints about a mega store dooming Main Street businesses. How can you doom something that is already terminal? Those Main Street businesses that could modernized their images, rebuilt their store fronts, set up tables on potted flora on the sidewalk, and did other things to attract customers to an environment they cannot find at a mall or department store. Others simply played the "woe-is-me end of the family owned business" card and shut down.

    The documentary tables a lot of issues about Wal-Mart. The most shocking is the way its employees are treated and compensated. Low wages, unpaid overtime, threats, and at-will terminations without reason if the person is deemed a union instigator. One premise set forth by the movie is that Wal-Mart installed security cameras not so much for controling store pilferage, but to ensure that employees are watched and dissuaded from any lawful assembly. This is hardly late breaking news. Wal-Mart is not alone in the way it treats its employees. I worked for years in a large grocery store chain where managers doctored time cards (when we actually used time cards) to work underage employees well past their legal evening curfew, deferred overtime hours to subsequent days so as to avoid overtime, and greatly reduced the hours of tenured employees while at the same time provided additional work days to new hires with much lower hourly pay rates. As such I heartily disagree with the way Wal-Mart treats its employees. On the other hand the Wal-Mart penny-pinching workhouse philosophy is not new to the industry.

    Way back in the early 1980s I never heard of Wal-Mart. Living in the Northeast and later in the Southwest there were either no or very few Wal-Marts in those areas. It was not until we moved to Georgia that I was exposed to the Wal-Mart phenonemon. Remember too that Wal-Mart creator Sam Walton still held the reins to this up and coming giant. The stores at the time were almost identical. They were clean and I do not think I ever had an interaction with an employee that was ever unpleasant. In fact, those were the days where it was not uncommon for a store manager to randomly ask you if found everything you were looking for. Wal-Mart was also very big on selling American made products over foreign manufacture whenever a US product was available.

    Of course that was before the sudden growth surge of Wal-Marts across country and in Europe.

    Wal-Mart is traditionally non-union. The documentary spends a lot of time on Wal-Mart's battle to keep unions out. According to the film Wal-Mart has a multi-million dollar response team that flies out on a moment's notice whenever there is a hint of union activity. Here too it must be pointed out that Wal-Mart is hardly the only large chain store that is not unionized. However in Wal-Mart's case maybe it should be if for no other reason but to ensure that employees are offered affordable dental, health, and prescription plans. Many of the employees interviewed in the film discuss the high cost of Wal-Mart's health care. More disturbing are the allegations that Wal-Mart employees are reportedly encouraged and coached to apply for state and Federal aid programs. If true the bottom line is that our tax dollars pay the health "benefits" for Wal-Mart employees.

    While watching the film I thought about the amount of times I shop at the retail giant. Even though I initially walked away from the movie with a firm resolve to never frequent Wal-Mart again, I found myself driving there the following day for lawn care and back to school items. The other similarly distanced retailers did not have what I needed and were already setting up Christmas displays -- and it is still summer. Despite the telling evidence of the movie I have yet to find a more convenient store to pick up all the things I need at once.

    The bottom line is that after watching this documentary you have to draw your own conclusions as to the absolutes: What allegations are true, which are exaggerated, and whether any or all of the evils tabled about Wal-Mart are significantly different from those perpetrated by other retail giants.
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  • Everyone should see this DVD!
    Watch this movie and you will see why we need to pass the Employee Free Choice Act!
    There is more at stake than most people realize. Big business is prepared to spend $200 million to mislead us, block the Employee Free Choice Act and stop us as employees from being organized in the workplace. BUT realize this; The real goal is to keep us unorganized as citizens, the stewards of our own government.

    It is our responsibility as US Citizens to fight the corporate greed which has left our economy in ruins. What can we do? Spread the word and join together in contacting your congressmen and senators. The CEO's and the Financial Elite DO NOT WANT THE PEOPLE UNITED and they will oppose any attempts by the people to unite against them. The CEO's and the "Financial Elite" are preparing to spend $200 Million in advertisement and marketing to deceive you into voting the way they want you (and your congressional representatives) to vote...again! Being informed, you will be able recognize the coming campaign of deception when you see it.

    The "Employee Free Choice Act" will allow employees the ability to join together in union against the CEO's and the Financial Elite. It will allow employees to join or form a union when a majority of employees sign a card requesting a union (majority sign-up). However, if 30% of the employees wish to have a secret ballot vote, the employees will then have secret ballot vote to decide if they wish to have a union.
    Currently it is the employer who chooses if the employees shall be able to join or form a union by majority sign-up or by a secret ballot election...and almost every single employer demands an election and they like it that way!

    Why? After a majority of employees sign a card requesting a union, the employer then demands an election. It takes at least 45 days until the election is held and in that time the employers hire anti-union consultants to train their supervisors who then intimidate, harass, coerce and even fire the employees who try to join together. Many corporations keep an anti-union team which can be flown out in a moments notice to crush an organizing drive.
    After being threatened, the remaining employees then decide (Surprise!) that it is not a good idea to join together.

    The "Employee Free Choice Act" DOES NOT TAKE AWAY AN EMPLOYEES RIGHT TO A SECRET BALLOT VOTE! $200 million will be spent by the CEO's and the Financial Elite to convince you that it does...but now you know the truth. The Employee Free Choice Act does take away the absolute power the employers have over the employees during an election because the employers can no longer demand an election. The employees can still demand an election at any time!

    The CEO's will tell you that they only want to protect the employees right to a vote... Really? Were they protecting your rights when they deregulated the financial markets and then hid what they were up to (the sub-prime mortgage mess, CDO's Collateralized Debt Obligations and CDS's Credit Default Swaps)? Visit our website www.iam126.org for an explanation of the Sub-Prime banking mess! Were they protecting your rights when they took your pension money and then used it to `sell you' the company in an ESOP so the shareholders, Officers and board of directors could take your money and leave you the debt? Gee, I wonder why the Tribune has written articles against the Employee Free Choice Act?
    Were they protecting your rights when they took away defined benefit pensions and replaced them with 401K's (Now 201K'S)? Were they protecting your rights when they shipped your job out of the USA? Were they protecting your rights when they cut your wages? Were they protecting your rights when they fired you or your coworker when they spoke out against an unfair practice? Were they protecting your rights when they made you part time and then took away your benefits? Were they protecting your rights when they fired you so they could hire someone else at half your wages? Were they protecting your rights when they took outrageous salaries (up to 500 times what the `floor worker' makes) and huge bonuses as their companies go bankrupt?

    Do you really believe that the CEO's and the financial elite would spend $200 million to protect "your" rights?

    Our vote and our voice are more powerful than their money. Do not be fooled again!

    Support the Employee Free Choice Act,
    Join together against the CEO's and the Financial Elite
    AND REBUILD THE MIDDLE CLASS NOW!
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  • Wal-Mart - interesting Doco
    This documentary is not bad. It brings some issues into perspective. Although it is shamelessly biased and does not offer a very balanced view of Wal-Mart as a company, it has some entertainment value. Sitting through the long version was somewhat painful, and I recommend the short version as the only one worth watching....more info
  • Not the whole story.
    While this documentary makes several good arguments regarding the negative effects Wal-Mart stores have on some small communities, it conveniently ignores any positive contributions Wal-Mart makes to local and international economic communities as a retail powerhouse.

    Nevertheless, the overall message of hypocrisy is very agreeable. It is evident when juxtaposing Wal-Mart's corporate messages with the reality of their business practices, such as disregard for the environment, the well-being of overseas factory workers, and the US employee benefit programs. Furthermore, I found it appalling how the company gobbles up millions of dollars in tax subsidies for construction while sending its employees to Medi-care programs and food stamp offices.
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  • Amateurish, shamelessly subjective
    I was indeed hoping for a meaningful documentary in this, but it's well below par of something a true news organization would put its name to.

    Although nobody starts such a documentary without an agenda, in this case it's shamelessly obvious. A great deal of people are interviewed but they unanimously have nasty things to say about Walmart. Other than a few headline-news statistics, this is all hearsay; not backed by anything except the word of mostly disenfranchised ex-employees.

    The only pro-walmart people to speak are of the CEO via news clips taken from the him speaking in interviews or other speeches.

    Of course, there's the cliche of the downsized town (no mention of those in the town who really appreciate the new Walmart), ex-employees talking about sexual harassment or racism (as if no other business suffers from such things), etc. ad tedium.

    Nothing new to learn here. I do feel sorry for people who lack such objectivity that they'd easily be sold to this documentary's agenda, though.

    I gave it a 2/5 and not a 1/5 because it did a good effort of presenting one side of the story, but there is always another side--unless you're the author of this piece and your mind is already made up, that is....more info
  • Not the whole story.
    While this documentary makes several good arguments regarding the negative effects Wal-Mart stores have on some small communities, it conveniently ignores any positive contributions Wal-Mart makes to local and international economic communities as a retail powerhouse.

    Nevertheless, the overall message of hypocrisy is very agreeable. It is evident when juxtaposing Wal-Mart's corporate messages with the reality of their business practices, such as disregard for the environment, the well-being of overseas factory workers, and the US employee benefit programs. Furthermore, I found it appalling how the company gobbles up millions of dollars in tax subsidies for construction while sending its employees to Medi-care programs and food stamp offices.
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  • A Luddite's Delight---Yet Remember,American Values are to Blame.
    This is an interesting documentary.If i was to tell people ,throughout the hinterland,that the Chinese communists are taking over.People would freak out and seek them out for seditious acts.The best way someone can support a communist is simply to buy a product that states,'Made in China'.So all the fears of communism,if you buy goods that carry a label,'Made in China',are unfounded.The average communist worker gets very little for their labor input and are exploited by the party bosses.There's a 'Catch-22' here.The party bosses tell the workers that they must work harder to avoid being the slaves of sado-christian-capitalism.Yet,their cheap labor entices foreign investment and demand for their low-cost products.The Socialist labor bosses ,who arranged the exported shipments to America,are indifferent to the destruction of American owned stores and businesses.The Chinese socialists also do not care about the Arkansas protestant business people,who will be consolidated back with the Roman catholics anyway.So,if you want to see the last vestiges of America's Main Street disappear,than buy the label,'Made in China'.Documentary is of par excellence quality,'Made in the U.S.A.'. ...more info
  • Too simple, tries way too hard...
    The most damning footage is Wal-mart's own internal anti-union "training" videos.

    Unfortunately, such clips are severely under-utilized. Instead, be ready for constant (mostly) unsubstantiated blanket statements and on-screen statistics with little to no context given (other than the music, which is decidely ominous).

    I stopped watching when the DVD literally started blaming Wal-mart for murder and rape. If you are looking for something engaging and educational, skip this. This documentary has only one goal: to make you HATE Wal-mart....more info
  • Biased
    I ordered this movie to use in my high school economics class and was very dispointed. I expected it to be biased, but not that much. According to this film Wal*Mart is the root of all evil in this country. There is a shorter 20 minute version included on the DVD which is much better....more info
  • Ok but nothing new.
    As I viewed the dvd it occured to me that most of the stuff they were revielling about Wal-mart has been around for quite awhile. In fact it was on television last year....more info
  • You'll never shop there again.
    Inhumane working conditions, long hours, low pay in their US stores. Just imagine what it's like in their factories abroad. This and so many other points will make you realize that saving .87 just isn't worth it!...more info
  • Walmart refuses to pull Nazi t shirts off the shelves.
    Walmart has been reported repeatedly for having Nazi insignia t shirts on their shelves and the company refuses to pull the shirts. They don't care about public opinion about what they do. As long as there is no law that can be enforced upon them, they will just blandly lie about how they conduct business. I have never been to a Walmart store nor have a I ever ordered anything from their website (I'm an Amazon shopper though.) When I ran a small store, I was told by a toy supplier that Walmart has told them that Walmart will place an order equivalent to the majority of their total sales provided that the other customers will be charged a price slightly higher that Walmart will be SELLING the item for in their stores. ...more info
  • EXCELLENT!!! MIND BLOWING!!!!
    THIS VIDEO PERFECTLY DESCRIBES ALL THE MANY EVILS OF WALMART. EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH THIS AND LEARN THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT WALMART. IT'S AMAZING!...more info
  • When Greed Overcomes Ethics
    Documentaries usually put me to sleep very quickly, but not this one. It kept my attention all the way through.

    I have a Masters In Business Administration and over 25 years in corporate management and even I was amazed at how corrupt Walmart has become since Sam Walton's passing.

    This is the story of what happens when increasing a company's profit margin becomes so manic that no consideration whatsoever is given to the social damage done by following a corrupt path to profits.

    It is the Walmarts of the corporate world that have increased the worlds hatred of America and eroded the business values that once made this country so great.

    I highly recommend this to anyone but, especially to business managers who, hopefully, will come away promising never to behave in this way....more info
  • Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
    Walmart uses, mistreats and generaly takes advantage of their employees, their customers, local governments, state governments and the US government. They are about as un-American as you can get....more info
  • well made and highly informative documentary
    doesn't tell you much of what wal-mart is doing good, but does show you all the bad. wal-mart is a 'green' corporation, that's one good thing, but for the most part, wal-mart is just as evil as most of the corporations out there, it's all about money. i recommend seeing the documentary 'the corporation' first to get a broader perspectives of the evils of corporations, so that when you watch this you will know it's not only wal-mart contributing these types of injustices. it is the corporate capitalist mindframe, where capital/money takes priority over the life, health, and ultimate well being of consumers (all people, in general). anyways, i recommend this film and i no longer shop at wal-mart but i understand some don't really have a choice, and they do have cheap prices! lol. they definitely are a huge corporate evil tho, next time you go into one, if you do, check out ALLL the cameras they have everywhere. it's a joke! they are soo anti-union it's ridiculous....more info
  • great movie, great story
    I loved this movie. It does a great job of showing you what the real costs of Wal-Mart happen to be. Its all true, but you had to get this movie to hear it. My only compliant is with their use of the ACORN nuts. That group is unamerican, and using them as experts was horrid and wrong. Otherwise this is an honest-to-goodness insight into the nightmare of wal-mart....more info
  • A corporation without much of a conscience
    I admit that I have shopped at Wal-mart in the past, saving a few dollars here and there. Now I no longer can in good conscience. I can hardly blame Wal-mart for all of the problems of corporate America, but this company does set a precedence for business practices. This movie is admittedly biased, and I try not to take any one source at face value without further investigation. However, this scathing documentary does seem consistent with the chronic exposes about Wal-mart in the daily papers and evening news.

    When I heard the young Chinese woman and her boyfriend complain about the long working hours and mandatory dormitory (whether workers choose to live in the factory dormitories or not, payment for rent is automatically deducted from their paychecks), I kept thinking to myself that these young people belong in graduate school, not slaving over cheaply manufactured exports. Wal-mart and other corporations definitely take advantage of workers in third-world countries. And in our own country, we see that Wal-mart can become a modern day "company store," preying on single mothers for their dual roles as employees and consumers. (What little of their paycheck remains goes back to Wal-mart for groceries and supplies.)

    Lee Scott seems to be a very self-deceived man. You can twist any situation around and end up describing it as exactly the opposite of what it is in reality, while convincing yourself and others that "bad is good and good is bad." Lee seems to rationalize the corporation's business practices because Wal-mart provides cheap prices for working families; therefore, he's doing his part for America and the economy. But what sort of corporation would actively encourage its employees to seek Medicaid and W.I.C. in order to avoid providing health care (with affordable co-pays and deductibles) and a living wage? (Lest I be misunderstood, there is no shame in seeking governmental services and subsidies, and I'm glad that such programs are available to those who need them.) The word "union" is considered an obscenity and omnipresent threat for Wal-mart executives.

    Safety in Wal-mart parking lots has been an issue. What's the point of having cameras at every angle if no one is there to observe them? With Wal-mart's astronomical profits, it is well within the budget to provide stores with effective security. Wal-mart also had a tacit (or not so tacit) policy of pressuring employees to work overtime without pay (or if they are given credit for extra hours, it will be tallied on the next time sheet to avoid paying overtime). Now whether every district manager enforces this exploitative practice is another matter, but this is still disturbing.

    This documentary was one-sided (when it showed Wal-mart's promotional videos, spokespersons, and commercials, Wal-mart's claims would be contradicted (to the point of being farcical) by statistics or anecdotes in the following scenes), but I don't think the worst of the complaints are much of a stretch.

    In the spirit of Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me), this movie elucidates the high cost of cutting corners and taking advantage of people. In the final analysis, the economics of doing it right the first time (that is, ethical business practices) are comparable to all the fines, lawsuits, and sullied reputations of doing it the wrong way. ...more info
  • CHILLING
    This is a frightening documentary along the lines of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Morgan Spurlock's "Super Size Me". Wal-Mart is portrayed as a great destroyer of human lives. Some examples:

    - Women are systemically excluded from management roles - and told so to their faces. Employees receive and report racist slurs, that managers ignore.

    - Palletized bags of fertilizer are stored on parking lot grounds where the rain carries the chemicals into local drinking water. Complaints to Wal*Mart headquarters are ignored until the practices are reported on the evening news.

    - Managers illegally alter worker hours to erase overtime pay.

    - Managers coerce unpaid overtime from employees by inferring they'll be fired and if they don't go along.

    - Union buster hit squads are deployed from Wal*Mart headquarters by corporate jet at the first hint of unionization activity. Suspected leaders are followed through the store to observe who they associate with.

    - Managers distribute information on Medicaid and food stamp programs to employees because benefits are below subsistence. (Our tax dollars subsidizing Wal*Mart.)

    - Municipalities grant Wal*Mart tax abatements and building subsidies to open within municipal limits, because the alternative is Wal*Mart opens outside city limits and the municipality receives no tax receipts. Wal*Mart opens, and scores of mom-and-pop businesses fail. Several years later, when the property tax abatements expire, Wal*Mart closes the store and re-locates 2 miles outside city limits, leaving a ghost town behind.

    Like Super Size Me and The Smartest Guys in the Room, this film is about corporate leadership and values. The vacuum of responsible leadership in Wal*Mart's case - at least as portrayed in this movie - is chilling and disgraceful.

    If Super Size me made you think twice about your next Big Mac, this film will give you similar reservations about purchasing from Wal*Mart. It's a must-see....more info
  • This is ridiculous
    This movie is no good. It's completely one-sided. If the employees are treated SO badly, just QUIT AND GET A NEW JOB. They even go so far to say that when Wal-Mart leaves bags of fertilizers in the parking lot, it rains and the runoff goes into streams. Then the streams are used for drinking water for babies. WAL-MART KILLS BABIES. The entire film is a joke. Maybe small family owned businesses wouldn't be shut down by Wal-Mart if they weren't such crappy businesses and lowered their prices a little....more info
  • The truth hurts
    I have watched this movie more than a few times, and everytime I watch it, I learn something else about this company. I no longer shop at Wal-Mart after watching this movie. It's not safe for me or anyone else I care about. They treat thier employees like garbage and how anyone can support that is beyond me. If you don't believe me, watch the end of the movie first to see how many stores have had people killed at them. The movie may be a little bland but the truth definatly stands out. Don't just take my advise, watch the movie. It will open your eyes....more info
  • Wal*Mart: The High Cost Of Low Price
    I will never shop in a Wal*Mart ever again and will tell everyone I come in contact with to see this movie. I will also fight to keep this box store out of my area....more info
  • As a documentary, it sucked
    This is the third Greenwald film I've seen. I've seen Iraq for Sale, this one, and Outfoxed.

    This movie is pure antiWal-Mart propaganda. Iraq for Sale and Outfoxed don't seem like propaganda to me, but rather simply stating facts. This one is like watching propaganda.

    I don't like Wal-Mart either, but Greenwald makes a poor case in this movie. This movie is two hours of disjointed interviews from random people. Mostly Wal-Mart employees. It took me effort to pay attention.

    At the end of the movie, Greenwald shows "Victory!" signs where the citizens of various communities in the country have beaten Wal-Mart. Victory? That's victory? Wal-Mart has run over so many communities in the country, it hardly seems like victory. Wal-Mart is laughing at this movie, probably. Americans continue to shop there and will for a very long time -- there is no victory here.

    The part that opened my eyes the most in this movie is that Wal-Mart is really just a Chinese distributor. The majority of their products are made in China. So we Americans are helping low wages and poor working conditions in China. Suh-weet! A Dilbert comic long ago said this about slave workers: "Slave workers are great because shirts made on Monday and Friday are just as good as shirts made on any other day."...more info
  • the other side of wal-mart.
    I have found the dvd highly informative has how today's big business make their money. You simply screw EVERYONE within grabs no matter what! It's something to see and ear on one side how good and nice they are and then see them do the complete opposite. I've been boycotting them since they close the Jonquiere store because the worker's wanted to syndicate and I'm MIGHTY GLAD I did.I felt sick when I saw how they treat chinese employees. A must see movie, to see the dark side of business....more info
  • wal-mart sucks
    This is a great movie. A friend recommended it to me so I picked it up. I thought that it was just going to be about closing small businesses. I was wrong. I feel sorry for the people assoisated with walmart. I have boycotted walmart sense watching this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
    Although admittedly biased, this is an excellent conterpresentation to industry public relations representations. Used in conjuction with other related material this presentation can allow effective group and classroom pro/con discussions on impact aspects of economic, wage, tax, infrastructure, community and land use development by "big box" operations....more info
  • Wal-Mart - The High Cost of Low Life
    This brilliant documentary outlines the affects that huge conglomerates have on their employees, on surrounding businesses and on the 'little people'. An eye-opener and a must for all people to see.
    An insight into off-shore factories and the human-rights issues - simply to bring goods into these stores at a lower cost.
    Wonderful to see how many communities have reacted to Wal-Mart encroaching on their environment.
    As a result, I think twice before I purchase goods made off-shore - particularly when they are really really cheap....more info
  • Serious eye-opener
    After viewing this dvd, my resolve to not shop at Wal-Mart was renewed. There is no good reason that I/or any other conscientious citizen should support this unscrupulous coorporation...more info
  • dishes the dirt on Sprawl-Mart
    Would it surprise anyone to know that Wal-Mart disputed the factual accuracy of some statements made in this film? LOL. I expected them to say, "Yes, we are a ruthless, souless, corporation driven simply by pure greed, our neverending mission being to open more and more stores around the globe while destroying all competition and increasing profits forever and ever until the return of Jesus. Amen". You know what? I would at least respect that answer. It might actually work. But of coarse what they ended up doing was creating a public relations "war room" (-their term. Btw, "public relations" replaced the term "propaganda" to describe the exact same practices after the latter term became so tainted as to no longer be usable.)in late 2005 specificly to discredit this fair and objective -but passionate- critic of their business practices. On the same day as the release of THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE Wal-Mart released a DVD film defending its practices entitled WHY WAL-MART WORKS; AND WHY THAT DRIVES SOME PEOPLE C-R-A-Z-Y ("Crazy" already written in all caps with hyphens). A very funny and highly ironic incedent latter occured with the director of the pro-Wal-Mart propaganda, Ron Galloway. Galloway publicly criticised Wal-Mart for it's disgusting labor practices stating, "They just instituted a wage cap for long-term employees--people making between thirteen and eighteen dollars an hour. It's a form of accelerated attrition. They can't expect me to defend that." Heh, well you just gotta love that one.

    This is an important film because Wal-Mart is the biggest public corporation by revenue in the entire world, the biggest private employer in the world, and the fourth biggest utility employer. They are also now the biggest grocery store in America and the biggest toy seller. They also run and own Sam's Club. So, it is only the right thing to do as a consumer AND a citizen to give a fair hearing to the critics and their arguments.

    How much scrutiny has the world's biggest corporation received by our major media institutions? We have heard much more from Wal-Mart in their ubiquitous TV advertisements and cheerful right-wing pundits on the wonderful benefits to America and the world of Wal-Mart's business model. With WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE we get the other side of the story, and I'd argue a more accurate one.

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  • Food for thought
    The subtitle of the movie is "The High Cost of Low Price" and I think that the movie does do a pretty good job of pointing out the social and economic costs of the low prices one finds at Wal-Mart.

    Personally, I believe that it's essential to allow innovation, whether technological or economic, and that technologies and business models should not be stifled simply because they are successful.

    Before seeing this movie, I was of the opinion that people in a community need to take personal responsibility and not shop at a Wal-Mart if they disapprove of it; if there are no customers then they can't stay in business for long, right? I also tend to think that people shouldn't expect the luxury of staying in a particular community or working at a particular job for as long as they please; the world can be an unstable place and people should be willing to follow opportunity, right?

    The problem is that this philosophy is not well-suited to most people in our country and a multibillion (199 billion market cap) multi-national is exploiting rural and semi-urban population centers by using its vast resources to subdue local businesses. These communities have established marketplaces that sit at the foundation of the community's social structure. Everyone should still be providing competitive goods and services to the community and, as an example, if I were to own a local sporting goods store and I am charging too much for merchandise or providing horrible customer service then I should expect to be dethroned by another sporting goods store, the townspeople have a new place to shop for catcher's mitts and life will go on for everyone. However, entire commercial networks are being decimated in one fell swoop. This has the effect of monopolizing the supply lines into the community and the people therein no longer have the luxury of boycotting because there are no alternatives.

    Still this market domination would be almost acceptable if the displaced workforce and former business owners were able to find gainful employment with a reasonable quality of life at the town's new central marketplace (which itself is a responsible member of the community). The problem is that the quality of life for the townspeople seems to take a nosedive and Wal-Mart doesn't live up to it's obligations to the community. There is an inherent lack of opportunity in small communities and when a single entity has the ability to become the primary employer for a region, it has the power to exploit the people because they have not only dominated the local marketplace for goods and services but for jobs as well.

    Another thing that occurred to me while watching this is that I have never heard of a Wal-Mart rolling into a mid-to-large city and shutting down everyone else. The easiest explanation is that there are powerful competitors in larger communities that prevent such a takeover, yet small businesses can still thrive in a large city among these giants.

    If the impact of Wal-Mart and their business practices on small communities are not enough to raise people's eyebrows, then their dependence on foreign sweatshops should. American workers should be willing to change careers and retrain as necessary in case there positions are outsourced or shipped overseas. The problem is that the overseas factory conditions are deplorable. The long-term solution to this is a consumer boycott of Wal-Mart. If we have knowledge of their abuses and continue to profit from them by shopping there, then it's on our heads. Unfortunately, Wal-Mart deceives the public by having them think that they actively seek domestic suppliers (whose employees are surely protected by our laws). Granted each individual could read the box or label and decide for themselves but that depends on trusting Wal-Mart's honesty (can we really be expected to rely on them) in correctly labeling points of origin. ...more info
  • A miniature of capitalism
    Wal-Mart only presents a small portion of the ¨¹ber discounters--a result of capitalism. And the ethics and morality are often challenged when the corporation sees their vision with a greedy filter.

    Luckily, that we still live in a free country, a free market of thoughts, products, and of course the documentaries.

    In this documentary, it shows how Wal-Mart successfully tergiversated how they operate the business and their visions that contradict the testimonials from their employees and social facts. I will stop here--don't want to spoil it.

    Is this true that you have to be aggressive to survive a business?
    And after watching the documentary, are we going to change our inelastic shopping behavior on cheap price products?
    These are all interesting questions for us to think about. ...more info
  • A Must See Eye Opener
    A superb documentary highlighting Wal-Mart's criminal human rights practices both here and abroad (and you've gotta love their union busting tactics that harken back to the '30's), total lack of regard for any environmental laws, their utter lack of concern for the safety of their customers, our tax dollars subsidizing Wal-Mart, the fact that Wal-Mart gives more to lobbying than charity (altho, sadly, neither party is preferred - Republican or Democrat - they're all whores these days) ... there is little that is not touched on in this well-made film. What IS the true cost of low prices?

    Urge everyone to see it....more info
  • Despite good intentions this film fails to deliver
    As the title suggest this film is an attempted expozay of the evils of Wal-Mart. In the familiar fashion of the modern documentary style it is structured around interviews with former employees, members of the community affected by Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart commercials, and news items - and makes no attempt to offer anything but a biased viewpoint.

    Sadly despite its good intentions this film fails to deliver. It is poorly filmed and poorly edited. Many interviews lead nowhere. The film would have benefited from a narration to bring some coherency. We only hear from disgruntled former employees and community members. There are no interviews with "experts" or Wal-Mart itself to tell the other side of the story or lend weight to any of the allegations.

    "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" fails as both polemic and entertainment.

    If you want to see an excellent documentary on the evils of big business then you should check out "The Corporation"




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  • A librarians view.
    The name says it all. As documentaries go, its not the most fair and balanced review I've seen. However it does give a propelling evidence that should be considered before we all do our shopping. As a elementary school librarian, I loan it out to as many teachers as I can so that can share what they learn with their students....more info
  • A very important movie
    I really enjoyed this movie. It was very personal, presenting the stories of people affected by Wal Mart, whether they be former employees, small business owners, or shoppers. It really showed the destructiveness of this corporation, but ended on an uplifting note, showing some communities that successfully prevented Wal Mart from coming....more info
  • Shanghaied Again
    It's a nifty documentary that prompts the viewer's blood to boil and then enjoins that viewer to act. This film is neither homework nor scold, but rather a compelling portrait of a society served injustice and of those citizens working towards its change. Well supported, engagingly structured and clearly reasoned - the DVD extras include activist resources. Unevenly paced - but quite possibly a must-see....more info
  • A Must See

    This video is a must see for everyone. I purchased three copies to give to friends,who I know have gone to Walmart,and after seeing this video they have not returned.

    These are the kind of big companys that are so bad for this country....more info
  • Another Anti-American Conspiracy Theorist Paranoid Schizoprehnic Film.
    Wal-Mart cares about its employees and the community! This CD is just a bunch of paranoid schizos that watch Alex Jones and think that the world is being run by Elite Bankers... what a bunch of losers!!!

    Wal-Mart offers great benefits and salaries to ALL of its employees! I have 1st hand experience, I used to be a greeter at my local Wal-Mart and I made a killer $5.25 an hour last Winter Break! Now tell me where you can find a job like that people?

    AVOID Alex Jones and the conspiracy nut videos, and shop at your local Wal-Mart!...more info
  • Walmart, selling a lie.
    I think this movie is a must see for anyone who even questions Walmart's integrity or their sales practices. It shows footage from the plants where most of Walmart's products are produced. It is packed with facts and actual footage about how as Americans we are being lured to Walmart with the promise of low prices, yet sold a lie. By buying from Walmart we are destroying our own economy from within, not only via the way they treat their employees and the lousy wages they give them, but the lengths the company will go to ruin small bussiness. Again I cannot emphasize how important this video is, and is a must see....more info
  • When big business takes over...
    I had the opportunity to view this movie in my Labor Relations class last night. I am, or shall I say was all in favor of Wal-Mart. Their prices are impeccable and they offer job opportunities to young people getting through high school and college. Now the argument of some will be that Wal-Mart is doing what any other retailer does to make a profit, paying low wages to beat the bottom line, outsourcing manufacturing to beat the bottom line, discriminating against minorities to beat the bottom line...hmm...this is not a corporation I would like to support. And for the record, $3/day is a slave wage in today's time, no matter where you reside. China should be ashamed of itself for allowing this corporation to come in and give it to its population with no vaseline. At some point, big business has to take a moral and ethical stance, and we as consumers have to force this stance and make 'big businesses' accountable. I am no longer a Wal-Mart Shopper. I will not contribute 1 penny to that corporation ever and I plan to show this video to anyone who will watch. I also plan to do more research so that I can be justified in my decision and make people aware of Wal-Mart's business practices. ...more info
  • No Man Is An Island
    This film is a must-see.

    I shopped at a Wal-Mart for the last time about a year ago. I watched the film last week and regretted having ever been so selfish as to shop there once. And now, I am going to begin to curb my shopping habits at other retailers as well, choosing instead the mom-and-pops and checking the country of manufacture/origin on the products I select.

    For those who say that Wal-Mart is no worse than ther big-box retailers, maybe so, but it is that Wal-Mart has so invaded every nook and cranny of our nation with its sights set on the entire world that makes it so reprehensible.

    Wal-Mart workers should quit, get an education, and better themselves? With what, the cuts to federal education budgets that trickle down to cuts in state education budgets that trickle down to cuts in these workers' ability to fund an education? How is that supposed to happen? Is there some good person (maybe the reviewers who make this suggestion?) who will offer room and board and tuition assistance to help this person get a leg up? No. It's all pie-in-the-sky. We have to deal with realities where most of us live.

    Only those who naively consider themselves unlikely to ever fall to the unrelenting demands of unrestrained capitalism will watch this documentary and mock those who speak up for the well-being of their neighbors. This is not the horse-and-buggy going away. It is the American manufacturing base, a part of our economy that is as important to our national defense and liberty as our armed services.

    If not for companies like Wal-Mart, goods would be manufactured in the United States and sold at a price that allows for a living wage to the factory worker and store employee, who in turn would pay a little more for their cars or appliances thereby allowing a living wage for those production and sales associates. And on and on, we support one another's industries. Instead, we are going on a downward spiral, wanting to get goods cheaper and cheaper, requiring that corporations tighten their belts by paying less, producing less quality goods, and shipping jobs and production contracts overseas. How myopic is our vision, thinking that to keep a quarter in our pockets is better than to let all wages rise.

    This film may help you see that, yes, we are our brother's keeper and he is ours, so watch at your peril if you`d rather keep thinking you`re an island. However, if you are aware that it could be your product or service that is soon devalued, lowering your wages and standard of living, then watch and learn and change.


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  • What I expected and more.
    I didn't watch this expecting to see or hear two sides to the story. The cover art is a dead givaway that this is an "attack-u-mentary" so that's what I expected.

    What I saw was a well edited 90 minute prima facie case that there is something really wrong with Wal-Mart. Now, I don't shop at Wal-Mart and I don't know personally anyone who works there. I have no reason to like or dislike Wal-Mart as a company. However, this documentary gave me pause for thought. Is getting the lowest price on anything always, or ever, the best thing to do?

    I don't have the knowledge to judge whether or not this documentary gave an accurate assessment of Wal-Mart, but I can say that it's very watchable and doesn't leave you at the half-way point looking at the little time display on your DVD player and thinking "yikes...we're only half way through this tedious ordeal".

    Also, the bonus features are fun. The spoof commercials are funny.

    My only criticism is that I was hoping to get some insight on all the manufacturers here in America that Wal-Mart has supposedly put out of business by sourcing from China. We get to see destroyed small businesses and gutted small towns, but no manufacturers.

    Still, it's worth a look-see. ...more info
  • Exposing the Truth
    A really well-done documentary. I am showing it in my Junior English class as a persuasive technique. The kids really got into it!...more info
  • Not bad.........not great.
    This is not the best documentary, but it does make a good case against Wal-mart. I use to work at Wal-mart and know first hand many of the things they say are true. Wal-mart cares nothing for people except to use them. This movie is not the greatest but worth watching....more info
  • Poor, Poor, Poor
    This documentary was not only very poorly produced in terms of direction, editing, sound mixing, titles, etc... but the information presented was very poorly researched and presented. The documentary is VERY biased, not seeking to understand or explore Wal-Mart, but wanting to destroy it at any cost. Most of their arguments have EASY explanations and counterpoints. I am a documentary film graduate and feel like I wasted 1hr 45min of my life after watching this....more info
  • Don't Waste Your Time or Money!
    I don't why I waste my time watching these supposed documentaries that are so predictable based solely on their title. This one is no different, however, this supposed documentary was just a terrible attempt at spreading propaganda. The editing, the interviews, and the half-baked facts they presented were terribly done and not convincing whatsoever.

    What this film producer failed to point out is that Walmart is a corporation that is in the business of making money for themselves and for their stock holders. They are not in the business to provide socialized medicine for all of America. Since when has any retail store provided great paying jobs with health benefits so that the average employee could support a middle class family? Retail jobs are a good for; 1) to supplement a family's income and 2) to provide entry level jobs for people with no work experience who are trying to better themselves. Just like thousands of other people, I put myself thru college working various low paying retail jobs and the experience obtained in the retail industry (along with my education) help me better myself to enter the business world.

    Walmart is so successful because they save consumers so much money and give back to the communities they are in. All of the Walmart haters should walk thru one of their stores and be observant. They carry the same brands that Kroger,Target, and Home Depot have and they sell them a lot cheaper. Unfortunately, a lot of our original US based brands are now made overseas.

    Unfortunately, the American consumer has forced most of our manufacturing base out of the country. The east and left coast consumers are the worst. They pass laws to keep Walmart out of their communities and then the consumers on the coasts are the largest buyers of foreign made cars. America's auto industry is one of the last major manufacturers left in the USA. The US auto companies are the largest private providers of health care in the world and they provide strong middle class wage to their workers. The US auto market share is down to about 50% in the US, however, on the Walmart hating coasts, the US Auto market share is around 20%. The big three automakers have had to slash 100's of thousands of their jobs from their workforce as American consumers have quenched their thirst for foreign products. I think its time for the hypocrites to look in the mirror because it isn't Walmart ruining this country, it's the large group of ill informed hypocitic American consumers (concentrated on the east and left coast) who talk out of one side of their mouth abouting hating Walmart, as they drive around in their foreign cars. It becomes quite obvious that the Walmart haters not only dislike American companies that sell some foreign products, they also hate American companies that sell American products!
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  • NOTHING NEW!!!!!!
    THIS MOVIE JUST PROVES TO ME HOW WAL-MART IS A TWO-HEADED MONSTER. I WISH OUR TOWN HAD NEVER OPENED IT'S DOORS TO THESE SO CALLED HUMANS. ...more info
  • Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
    It's plain and simple. You watch this, you'll stop shopping at Wal-mart. They have a moral obligation as the world's largest retailer to set an ethical standard and to be a model for other corporations. They dropped the ball in favor of GREED. The corporation only cares about it's shareholders and that is black and white - you don't mess with that. Nothing else matters but the bottom line, not even human decency. It's disgusting. I bought a copy of this movie and it's circulating it's way through my family. A must see. ...more info