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Re:Too bad it's WalMart

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on June 15, 2002 12:26 AM
Forget the well-known music/book censorship--that's just kid's stuff. Think about the fact they refuse to stock emergency contraceptives for women (as well as misopristol, the so-called 'abortion drug') in their in-store pharmacies. In many places, WalMart is the only place for low-income women to get such products.
First, it's not censorship. The government isn't prohibiting them from carrying any books or music. They have every right to decide what they want to sell or not. On the so-called emergency contraception, why don't people use contraception before they get pregnant?

Think about their viciously anti-competitive business practices (think MS is bad?). Their goal is not to fairly compete with local retailers--it is to obliterate them (*all* of them) by any means necessary.
Think about their virus-like invasion of small-town communities, buying off the local politicians and landowners--then leveling everything for their vast parking lots and shopping centers.
On these points I somewhat agree with you. If they didn't bully there way into many towns, convincing local governments to use eminent domain and such legal but unethical (IMNSHO) methods, I wouldn't have a problem. It's too bad mom and pop couldn't compete with Wal-Mart and had to close down their shop, but there's no right to stay in business.They'll just have to find another way to compete, i.e. better service, find a niche, etc.


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