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Ripple effect

26 April 2012

Esther (From Xico) on the less talked about, but more damaging, effects of WalMart´s corrupt business practices:

We know reasonably well some local shop owners.  Needless to say, they are very, very worried. Two own dress shops.  I mentioned to a Gringo acquaintance that the monster was likely to eat them alive.  The Gringo said,”I don’t see why.  Mexicans don’t buy the artisan items.  They are too expensive.”  I said, well they buy regular clothes!  That hadn’t occurred to her. Xico, being a tourist town (now a Pueblo Magico) has a main street with shops selling what you’d expect.  But all you have to do is walk a block in either direction and you come upon fruit and vegetable stores, butchers, grocers, shoe stores, bakeries, hardware stores, flower shops, cheese shops, a local market, and so forth. Sometimes the stores sell jumbles of all these things.  A lot of the produce, meat and dairy is local so that not just shop owners but producers are likely to suffer.

I suspect that the mayor of Xico (El Presidente) got a good deal for allowing the Wal-Mart.  The mayor is in deep trouble with his constituents …

From Xico: always good writing… always.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 26 April 2012 4:07 pm

    They whined about that 50 years ago when Sebastian Kresge opened his first K Mart. Which century do you want Mexicans to live in?

  2. 26 April 2012 8:08 pm

    Sebastian Kresge opened a K-Mart in Xico 50 years ago? Sebastian Kresge was suspected of bribing officials in Xico 50 years ago? Or people in Xico were complaining about Sebastian Kresge fifty years ago? As far as I can tell, Mr. Kresge never visited Mexico, nor did the corporation that was founded after his death have much presence in Mexico. And,. unless you’re saying Adam Smith was “whining” when he wrote “Wealth of Nations”, warnings about the downside of single source retailers goes back considerably more than fifty years.

  3. 29 April 2012 5:53 pm

    The effects of Wal-mart corruption and market-domination are not simply those of “which century Mexicans will live in,” but an area of vital concern for merchants, craftsmen, and vendors of all types. Walmartlandia has achieved a height of control over market forces similar to the great trusts which Teddy Roosevelt vowed to bust a century ago.

    Far be it for any of us, I suppose to be angry about an flagrant (at this point alleged) violation of US Federal law regarding bribery and corruption. Why are foreigners so quick to denounce corruption in Mexico (like the police mordidas or utility mordidas, etc), but want everyone to ignore it on a massive scale in the millions upon millions of dollars enriching already powerful politicians?

    Does anyone really prefer that local merchants and suppliers be steamrolled by bottom-of -the-barrel slave-wage monopolists and move back in time 100+ years when there were no laws governing such behavior?

    Which century, indeed?

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