Question Inspired by this nearby thread: Opinion of Wal-Mart.
That is, I’ve wondered this for a long time, but I’m now inspired to ask The Dope.
Are other Big Box stores (or similar) better than Wal-Mart (regarding treatment of employees and suppliers (ETA: And all the other evil things that Wal-Mart seems to do, like driving local merchants out of business) ), or are they about as bad but somehow have better PR? Is Wal-Mart really that much more evil (compared to the other Big Boxes) or are they basically just cursed with really bad PR?
How does Wal-Mart really compare with Target, K-Mart, etc., in their treatment of employees and suppliers and their effects on the local economy?