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The trouble with do-it-all retailer Walmart (WMT) is pretty obvious: Critics continue to argue that WMT is straight-up bad for society, and that debate shows no sign of slowing.
Walmart faces critics from all angles, with many arguing that Walmart’s low prices undercut mom-and-pop business and thus hurt local economies. Many folks also don’t support the company’s import practices, low wages and labor union policies. And it certainly doesn’t help that WMT was also accused of bribery in its Mexico unit.
Toss in the reputation for having messy, dirty, poorly run stores, and it’s no wonder Walmart is an American staple plenty of Americans aren’t proud of, and that many cities have been pushing back against the big-box retailers attempt to expand into urban areas.
For the cherry on top, many shoppers don’t seem to think Walmart’s low prices — the main appeal of the company — are low enough. Countless consumers have been getting their low-price fix at dollar stores like Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Dollar General (DG) instead.