Wal-mart isn’t “putting” other stores out of business. The businesses are putting themselves out of business. Wal-mart comes into town and the first thing these mom and pop shops and small chains start trying to do is beat Wal-mart at their own game. These shops start a price war that they are never going to win. These smaller companies are not going to beat Wal-mart on price. Wal-mart is cutting costs all the way back to raw materials, not just at the retail level. You don’t beat an enemy by continuously slaughtering your own troops against there most powerful strong hold. Like Achilles, even the great Wal-mart has weaknesses. If companies would capitalize on those weaknesses and stop battling with price they would have much better chances at survival and even possibly come off triumphant.