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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on June 1, 2013

MV5BMjAyMjYzNjYxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDE2ODQzMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR9,0,214,317_This is another masterpiece of American documentary that I totally recommend. If you just substitute “Wal-Mart” with “Carrefour”, “Auchan” or other international retailers, you will have a clear picture of the effects that the exploitation of small communities has over the local small businesses. The entrepreuneurs that sell all kind of different merchandise go brankrupt when the retailers come into city, because it offers low prices for buyers, but also on the expense of their own employees being humiliated and financially destroyed, not being able to benefit from decent social services insurance.

This is another example of capitalism gone wild, especially when the business model is expanded in other countries outside U.S., where the company can get substantial benefits compared to the American market.

Its title is also especially interesting, as it gets in evidence the economic and human difference between cost and price.

In invite you to watch the trailer, the Roger Ebert endorsment of the film on TV and the full movie (low resolution) on YouTube. If you want it in full resolution, I suggest you to order it from Amazon.

Official trailer

Roger Ebert’s endorsment of film

The full movie in English, with Spanish subtitles

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