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Author: 1DEG Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 896885  
Subject: Re: Ethics and LBYM Date: 11/23/2012 12:27 AM
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The Q was...(independent of any hoo-hah from all of you who want to indulge endlessly in the Walmart argument)...how do you in your life balance your ideas on ethics and your frugality? There are plenty of non-Walmart examples you could use. Buying from a vendor whose policies of whatever kind you don't support. Scavanging. Buying on the black or grey market for a screaming deal. Buy local vs. buy imported.

I agree. Walmart is really a red herring, and one that gets people oddly reactionary. For me this issue comes up much more with decisions like paying attention to where my food comes from. Buying food farmed in sustainable ways. Buying fair trade coffee and chocolate from sources that do not use child slave labor.

There are a lot of small choices we make every day where we have to balance ethics versus getting the absolute cheapest. My solution is still to buy less so I can afford better of what I do buy. And my answer is still that I understand that no everyone has the means to make these choices. Especially when it comes to food, which is when I find myself making them most.

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