Wal-Mart or Target?
June 3, 2010 2:33 PM Subscribe
Assuming I have no other choices - and have serious ethical concerns about issues like fair pay and equitable treatment of workers (primary), environmentalism (secondary) and commitment to localism (tertiary) - should I shop at Wal-Mart or Target?
posted by l33tpolicywonk to shopping (26 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
A couple of years ago, I thought this question had a fairly straightforward answer. Since then, I've been progressively reading more and more about Wal-Mart unionizing more of its workers, buying more local fruits and vegetables and (today) offering its employees a path to college
. In the same time, I've also heard nasty stories about Target employees getting locked in the store all night to clean and what not. I will always try to affirm my ethical principles by shopping local whenever I can, shopping with more ethical retail chains like CostCo, etc, but - on the fairly regular occasion that I need the stuff that these generic big boxers sell - which should I choose and why? Bonus for links to resources which are as unbiased as possible.