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1,491 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 14 years ago by cpayne

Since becoming widespread, have franchises (grocery stores, fast food, etc.) been more of a benefit or detriment to society?

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14 yrs ago - Saturday 3/3/07 - 7:56:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
They've done more damage to the 'mum and pa' businesses that were once the dominant market, but the reduction in price and the quality of goods is an asset to the regular shopper.
I was watching a segment on Dateline talking about the mass of shopping centres and department stores sweeping across India and it was those who ran smaller businesses who were most worried. However they produce a lot of jobs, make shopping convenient and have a significant reduction in prices compared to the smaller shops; and as customers, that’s all we really care for.
14 yrs ago - Saturday 3/3/07 - 8:01:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Its true that the superstores like Walmart have cheaper prices. The downside is that they tend to farther away, large (our Walmart is huge), crowded, and parking can be a hassle. We used to have a small, corner grocery store about a mile away and if you just wanted milk you could be in and out in a few minutes. It would probably take twenty to thirty minutes to get milk in our Walmart.
14 yrs ago - Saturday 3/3/07 - 9:13:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
Cheaper is gooder, that's all I know.
14 yrs ago - Sunday 3/4/07 - 8:43:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
I can't tell on the context what's intended... some stores cause problems (e.g. Walmart, which makes it more difficult manufacturers to turn a profit), while some large chains are good (e.g. Mac's milk, as they're open 24x7 even if a little expensive).

I'm making a guess and assuming that it's the Walmart type stores being referred to, which means detriment.

14 yrs ago - Tuesday 3/6/07 - 10:58:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 3/3/2007 9:13:08 PM Cryndigo wrote:
Cheaper is gooder, that's all I know.

Gooder?Don't you mean better?

13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 3/7/07 - 1:31:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
Definitely a detriment. Yes, they have made life more convenient. But I'm not convinced we NEED to be able to get duct tape at 4 AM. And I certainly think the industrialization of agriculture has been detrimental. Pesticides, chemicals, factory farming of animals, it's all bad. Then there's the fact that small businesses can't thrive in a corporate world.
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 3/7/07 - 1:41:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
If people didn't buy duct tape at 4am, they wouldn't be selling it.

The majority of 'mom and pop' stores clearly aren't able to provide consumers with what they are demanding. It's the way evolution tends to work--those businesses that provide goods and services that are in demand will prosper, those that don't will fail.

I don't necessarily see that as a detriment to society. Most of us see it as a good thing that we can get all of our shopping needs taken care of with one stop. Eliminating all those extra trips is probably helping the environment as well...

13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 3/24/07 - 3:55:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think it "eliminates extra trips". If anything it encourages more of them.

Need duct tape? Go get it.
Need post-it notes? Run to Wal-Mart.
Need some spray paint? Take a trip to the store.

If we lived in a world with less immediate availability of goods, people would probably make shopping lists and trips to the store once a week or so.

While consumers feed the frenzy, I don't think that's a justification for it. Just because we want duct tape at 4 AM doesn't mean it should be there. It goes toward the entire evolution of society towards instant gratification, which on the whole I think is very bad for us.

And I still see the industrialization of food and the elimination of mom and pop's as a bad thing.

Yes, it's cheaper. Yes, it's more convenient. That doesn't make it good for us.

13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 3/24/07 - 4:13:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
I tend to think the one stop sources for stuff do make it easier to do all of your shopping in one trip. I have a Walmart near my house--we really don't run out and purchase things the minute we decide that we 'need' them. GOing to Walmart once a week and getting all of the shopping done in a single trip is way better than going to the grocery store, the hardware store, the gardening store, the clothing store, etc. separately...
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 4/2/07 - 4:49:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
i think mostly the health side has suffered. look at all the hormones etc. in food today.
13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 4/2/07 - 5:02:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
I realise that the franchises provide more for people, but I have a huge moral issue with franchises aggressively putting smaller companies out of business. Sure smaller companies don't provide everything all the time, but until the franchises came along, people didn't have a problem with that.

I believe that most families that run smaller businesses do it because they enjoy it, and they are conscious about providing a service to society. Franchises concerns other than lining their own pockets.

I think the biggest impact that the big franchises are having though are on culture. I'm not really sure how to put this eloquently, but providing everything all the time at super low prices takes away a great deal away from the psychological value of the items, especially when it comes to food culture. Nothing is special anymore, especially when people are duped into buying things that they normally wouldn't, just because there's some great special offer on.

13 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 4/2/07 - 5:02:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
Like I said, I don't think I'm getting my point accross very well, I just can't think of a better way to phrase it right now.
13 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 8/1/07 - 6:13:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
they go to poor countries,they give a sh*t about the land,they use it about for 5 years and then they leave


13 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 8/23/07 - 5:26:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Cheap items > Everything else. I'll shop wherever the hell I want to, thanks.


13 yrs ago - Thursday 2/21/08 - 9:04:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd say overall it's probably more of a detriment
13 yrs ago - Thursday 2/21/08 - 11:07:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I can't think of a large corporation that has never been a "mom and pop" store. Businesses that provide superior value for their customers tend to grow and prosper. When sales exceed one's capacity, the business expands to meet the demand for their products.

There's nothing inherently unfair about small stores having to compete for market share with big businesses. Sam Walton (Mr. Walmart) used to be the little guy going up against established giants like K-Mart, Sears, Monkey Wards, and JC Penney...

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