You didn't clarify what you were saying. I gave
you two possible alternatives (see the "If's").
So what did your friend mean.
Of course it is a free market. Walmart may be
the single biggest, but certainly doesn't dominate
the market. In any decent sized town there a
dozens of grocery stores, and dozens of other
stores (crafts, general, sporting goods, etc) that
compete with Walmart.
To anyone they please. Stihl has been bragging that you won't find their
products in the big box stores and for good reason. They have dealers that
give great service.
If you want volume, sell to Wal-Mart. If you want profits, sell through
other distribution points.
There may be a few manufacturers such as the one you have cited that
have ignored Walmart which gives the illusion of a free market but by
and large Walmart is the largest (by very far) retail business in the US.
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WalMart is indeed the 500 lb gorilla in the market place. It used to
be Sears, but they stumbled. WalMart will stumble too. There are two
WalMart super stores within 25 miles of me. During the past six years
I have notice that both of them have become disgusting places to shop.
The check out time is way longer than anyplace else, the rest rooms
are filthy and the last piece of electronic equipment I bought I
bought at Target for 10% less than SAMs was selling it.
It looks to me like they are maintaining their profit margin by
skipping essential services. That can't last long.
Put the blame where it belongs, whit the US Government. Wal-Mart had a good
janitorial service, but since the government cracked down on the use of
illegal immigrants and substandard wages, something had to go. IIRC, WM
promised to get a better contractor and paid a big fine. Its the damned
laws creating these problems
American customers are not the cleanest folks, especially not the
unwashed masses that Wally caters to. Check out the E-Coli infection
rates of USA
I've been in countries where the public restrooms didn't ever *become*
very grotty in a day, or even a week.
Smart companies don't let one customer become 85% of their sales. We had
one that was about 35% a few years back and they were similar in tactics.
One year we got a letter from them that read: Thank you for your past work
in supplying us. Next year we expect a 25% reduction in price. We also
want a 6% rebate for last years purchases."
We told them to go to hell and where do you want the tools shipped. The new
supplier is teetering on bankruptcy. We had a couple of lean years, but
survived and are as profitable as ever. Just like any relationship, if it
becomes abusive, you have to call it quits.
Ah but there was no questioning of Walmart's
practices. A statement was made as to what
Walmart demands. And a statement was made that
walmart products/appliance are of lower quality.
That's not questioning practices that and
indictment of what those practices results in.
No one presented any proof, just statements and
that is "bashing."
But you are right it does cause discomfort as I
suspect that such statements cannot be fully
backed up but are made from some motive other than
to provide the truth. Note that I don't say that
the claims are untrue, only that no proof ever
seems to be forthcoming.
OTOH, I suspect that most of what Walmart sells is
identical to what other stores sell. Is Skippy
peanut butter different if purchased at Walmart?
Is the Pennzoil sold by Walmart inferior in
quality? Is the crappy tool that you bought at
Walmart any poorer value than the same crappy tool
sold elsewhere? Are you afraid that that DVD of a
John Wayne movie will deteriorate faster than the
50 percent higher one sold at store X?
This is a common practice, large purchasers order special models that do not
appear in the manufacturer's standard product line, usually they are higher
line products with a few features removed to make them appear to be cheaper.
This has been going on for the past 40 years that I am aware of.
In some cases there could be differences. But I think in many cases,
the real differences are slight or non-existant. I saw this when
looking for TV's a couple years ago. Costco had models that were by
all appearance and spec identical, but had a couple diff letters in the
model number. I think in that case, the main reason for doing the diff
product number was to avoid pissing off the regular shops that carrry
the same Toshiba product.
The repair technicians in sci.electronics.repair routinely note
deficiencies in the circuits of walmart TV's that look otherwise
identical to standard models. The consumer might not notice until
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