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Forum Post: Costco or Walmart?

Posted 11 years ago on Nov. 28, 2011, 4:43 p.m. EST by GordonGekko (8)
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I have seen a lot of negative stuff about Wallmart as well as recommendations to protest them. Why nothing on Costco? Ok, I know all the stuff about Costco's better pay and benefits but how about the fact that Costco robs a community of 10 full time jobs for every 1 it creates. Costo creates 1 job per $967,000 of economic activity vs. 1 per $170,000 for Wallmart and 1 per $100,000 for a typical small business. Doesn't anyone care about that? Sure Costco is better to its employees, but they can afford to be since they hire so few of them relative to their total sales.



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[-] 2 points by Bambi (359) 11 years ago

Maybe because one has to be a member of Costco so it's not worth speaking about. It's much smaller than Walmart so less employees.

I don't know.I don't go to either one L

[-] 1 points by Walmartard (3) 11 years ago

I am an assistant manager at a Walmart supercenter. You do not envy me. I write about my experience at walmartianblog.com.

[-] 1 points by RufusJFisk52 (259) 11 years ago

i shop at both because they are pretty cheap so i have no complaints.

[-] 1 points by GordonGekko (8) 11 years ago

I did some research and all I find is possitive pieces on Costco and negative pieces on Wallmart. Comprisons between the two focus on pay and benifits rather than jobs lost in a community. While I fully get the pay and benefits argument, I don't understand why the Costco chearleaders and Walmart detractors ignore the fact that costco employs so few per retail dollar spent vs small business and even Walmart. I mean, you can afford to pay better if 1 employee replaces the job of 5 or 10.


[-] 1 points by kingscrosssection (314) 11 years ago

Honestly, Costco is much better than Walmart.

[-] 1 points by stuartchase (861) 11 years ago

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[-] 1 points by rosewood (543) 11 years ago

Do Americans really care ? I've asked so many people why they use the automated cashier machines, that definitely destroy jobs. I've asked many demographics and it comes down to doing what's best for me, to hell with anything else. Same with Costco.

[-] 1 points by hidden (430) from Los Angeles, CA 11 years ago

Automation is our future and the faster it happen the better. Monetary system is obsolete.

[-] 0 points by hamalmang (722) from Lebanon, PA 11 years ago

I think costco is not as widespread. I have never even seen a Costco but there are two Walmarts in my town. I know that Walmart gets like 90% of their stuff from China. Is Costco the same?


[-] 1 points by GordonGekko (8) 11 years ago

I have both in my town. The merchandise is similar and most appears to be from china. We just lost a lot of mom and pops when costco opened but I see nothing negative about them

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 11 years ago

Being so much smaller they've probably just been flying under the radar. Why don't you do some research on them and post any negative info on this site. OWS is a new movement and we've just started some of these ideas. Wal-Mart on the other hand has been investigated for years so their bad press is all over the net. Besides, we need as many people as possible investigating as many corporations as possible to separate the good guys from the bad, for potential boycott purposes.