yeah but walmart was the new sears and sears took over the mom and pop shops and before that people bought from tradesmen or made their own and commerce changes etc etc. I do rather despise amazon because their business modelm, in a rather walmarty way, is very focused on exploitation. exploit foreign vedors for cheap as possible manufacturing, extort their suppliers with promise of volume, exploit workers for cheap labor and extreme hours and deny unionization, all to offer convience and cost which sadly is more important to the consumers than any moral obligation to oppose exploitation.
but i'm guilty of it too. It is reallllllly easy to not have to take an extra 30 minutes that i don't have and skip the store, which maybe doesnt have the exact right parts, and just find stuff as I need on my doorstep the next day. fuckin a it's convenient.