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Re:Too bad it's WalMart

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on June 15, 2002 07:57 AM
This is a great step forward...

I agree!

...too bad it happens to be WalMart, whom I wouldn't give one dollar of my hard-earned money to EVER

I'm sorry -- that dollar would go further than it might other places.

Forget the well-known music/book censorship... For something to be censorship, you have to actually suppress the thing, not just refuse to sell it. For example, I refuse to spread Scientology dogma, but that doesn't mean I'm censoring Scientology.

Think about the fact that they refuse to stock emergency contraceptives for women

Yes. So? Apple once ripped out an easter egg from the MacOS where the smiling startup face would wink at you, because it was offensive in some cultures. It doesn't mean that they care one way or the other about producing social change. They just found that too many people were upset by this sort of thing, and as any good company should, they served their customers' desires as best they could. WalMart isn't the KKK or the Lutheran church or anything of the sort. They don't care one way or the other.

In many places, WalMart is the only place for low-income women to get such products

Oh, come *on*. That's ludicrous. WalMart is not cutting off any source of any drug, period. This is the 21st century United States -- if you want to get a drug and can't get it at point A, you *can* get it at point B.

Think about their viciously anti-competitive business practices

There's one crucial difference between the two wildly successful businesses. WalMart didn't get wealthy by selling crummy products at insane prices. Yes, they play tough, but the consumer doesn't get horribly screwed in the process.

Yes, Linux is good. WalMart is worse.

If they manage to pull this off, I'm going to be enjoying it. WalMart is immensely powerful and has a lot of consumer pull. They could run MS right over.


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