I know a lot of you feel strongly about this one so please be gentle... Instead of fighting Wal-Mart, why not get in on it? It seems ridiculus to me when I hear stories of people paying twice as much for something just because they do not want to shop at Wal-Mart, talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Why not take advantage of the savings and plow them back into your homestead? A common argument is that Wal-Mart puts local businesses out of of business, which is true. Along with this argument comes the comment that Wal-Mart is sucking local money out of the economy, which may or may not be true. Wal-Mart is a publicly held corporation, anyone can take part in the profits of Wal-Mart by simply buying their stock. As of now corporate America is funding my homestead in the form of stocks. Now, I am also a strong supporter of good competition, and I think Wal-Mart left unchecked could become a monopoly and the consumer could lose their price advantage, as we have already seen in some small towns, however there are many good businesses such as ALDI, Big Lots, and the various Dollar stores that can seriously compete with Wal-Mart. I generally shop at these stores, not because I have ethical problems with Wal-Mart, but simply because these stores are more conviently located, generally meet or exceed Wal-Mart's prices, and are not as crowded as Wal-Mart. Another place where Wal-mart fails is in specialty items, however with the advent of the internet, one find virtually anything and have it shipped to their house within a matter of days. Wal-Mart is often cited as treating their employees poorly, perhaps, but many small business owners do the same, it just is, and always will be, a question of who is on top. So, please don't cut off your nose to spite your face, find opportunity from the situation.