Archive for November, 2005

Wal-Mart Admits Its Prices Aren’t That Low

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

A Denver television station has done another one of those reports about how Wal-Mart charges different prices for the same goods at nearby stores. But it contains this priceless piece of Wal-Mart doublespeak: Our goal is to bring our customers every day low prices in the communities we serve. Each store strives to be competitive […]

Swiftboating the Wal-Mart Movie

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Our friend Jim Gilliam has a wonderful piece up about attacks on Robert Greenwald’s Wal-Mart movie over at the Huffington Post. Here’s a taste: The Wal-Mart war room is run by Edelman PR, the famed DC PR firm known for its 50-year defense of the tobacco industry, and is staffed with people adept at feeding […]

Why Liberals Have Nothing to Fear By Attacking Wal-Mart

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

I hate it when conservatives give liberals advice, because it’s always self-serving and stupid. Sebastian Mallaby of the Washington Post is the latest offender: Wal-Mart’s critics allege that the retailer is bad for poor Americans. This claim is backward: As Jason Furman of New York University puts it, Wal-Mart is “a progressive success story.” Furman […]

Shop at Wal-Mart, Get Maced

Monday, November 28th, 2005

When it comes to shopping on Black Friday, it’s hard to tell who’s worse: Wal-Mart or Wal-Mart’s customers. Wal-Mart Watch has a nice little round-up of the mayhem around the country, but they missed the one that I think is most symbolic of what Wal-Mart thinks of the people who shop there: Shoppers in Beaumont […]

Why Does Wal-Mart Hate Its Customers?

Friday, November 25th, 2005

From CNN: Wal-Mart may be offering super-low prices on some popular electronics, but standing in line for hours only to be told the store sold out if its limited supply within minutes isn’t sitting well with some customers. “That was terrible shopping,” a woman at a Maryland Wal-Mart, who would only go by Ms. Newman […]

Rollback Frowny

Friday, November 25th, 2005

From Cleveland’s Scene Magazine: Other states have long known that you pay twice when you shop at Wal-Mart — once at the store and once in your paycheck. Due to the company’s miserly wages and benefits, the average Wal-Mart worker takes in $2,000 in public subsidies each year, according to one congressional study. The tab […]


Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

I wish you were a Pony Carousel outside Walmart, so I could ride you all day long for a quarter. I’m so ashamed. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

The Joke’s on Wal-Mart’s Customers This Black Friday

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Just out from the New York Times: The nation’s largest retailer, which stumbled after offering higher prices to spare already-weakened competitors – and its image – in 2004, will return to its old self on Friday with a campaign to match rivals’ advertised discounts on the day-after Thanksgiving. Wal-Mart’s strategy – to lure shoppers away […]

I Hear Sam Walton and Ayn Rand Were Very Close

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

I have no idea if the people behind Americans For Wal-Mart are libertarians, but it sure sounds like it to me: [T]he relentless and largely baseless attacks on Wal-Mart reflect a small but disproportionately influential viewpoint that is suspicious not only of our greatest economic success stories – but also the free enterprise system that […]


Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Adbusters’ Buy Nothing Day is this Friday. This year the organization has a number of fantastic ideas for targeting the Bentonville Behemoth. My favorite? Go to Wally World on Friday, grab an empty baskcart and push it around for a few hours.


Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Joining the ranks of Charlie, Jimmy and, of course, Kilroy, Kirby has left the office but not the store. Reports are coming in that this holiday greeting card is becoming ubiquitous at Wally World. Maybe you could print a few out and let Kirby’s former associates know that he’s still fighting the good fight. Jeff […]

If This Isn’t Satire, I’m in Big Trouble

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Hilarious stuff from Jeremy Pikser: A senior administration source who spoke on condition of anonymity has raised questions about the patriotism of Wal-Mart critics. When asked about documented Wal-Mart practices of paying wages below poverty level, offering health benefits that require tens of thousands of employees’ children to go on Medicaid, spending millions on union […]

Go Convince a Republican Not to Shop at Wal-Mart

Monday, November 21st, 2005

I missed this one from the Boston Globe op-ed page while I was away. It’s by The United States of Wal-Mart author John Decker and his theme is one I’ve come back to often: Everybody hates Wal-Mart: Hating Wal-Mart is often framed as a purely Democratic pastime. After all, the company’s hostility to unions hinders […]

Can Anybody Defend Wal-Mart Without Using the Word “Freedom?”

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

I’m getting real sick of reading essays like this one from Paul Jacob at Some folks don’t like Wal-Mart. Okay. Fine. It’s a free country. No one should be forced at gunpoint to shop at Wal-Mart. Or to work there. And no one is. That’s what a free market is all about: the freedom […]

Is the economy creating good jobs?

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

This is an interesting study on how well the economy has performed in creating good jobs over the past several decades. Between 1979 and 2004, real gross domestic product (GDP) per person in the United States increased about 60 percent. This report asks how well the U.S. economy has done translating this economic growth into […]