New Hampshire's Virtual Town Hall
By Henry Gekonde
It’s hard to go shopping at a Walmart store and emerge from those comfortably wide doors without feeling guilty about the whole experience (you remember vividly the $7 T-shirt you bought there last year that you didn’t want to wear again after the second wash).
Yet we return again and again! And again, we’re disappointed by our purchases. Consider these work boots I bought there the other day. After just two days of wearing the shoes, whose label says they were made in China, the insole in the left shoe has detached itself and the outsoles are already breaking off, like pieces of bark from an old tree.
Obviously, the problem doesn’t lie entirely with Walmart — no one forces us to shop there. Some philosophical questions: What does Walmart know about how the average American consumer judges value? (Obviously, their secret has to do with more than just low prices.) Can Walmart’s retail imperium last?