Friday, August 7, 2009

Wal-Mart preys on Girl Scouts

Walmart has copied two of the group's signature cookies, Thin Mints and Tagalongs, and will soon sell them nationally at lower prices -- sure to cut into the do-gooders' profits, which are generated solely from cookie sales.
That's one creepy company. I sincerely hope people stop shopping there.

But supposing Americans decided not to patronize Wall Mart any longer, would the US government not invent an excuse to bail them out? After all, the company is so big that it accounts for 1% of China's GDP.

Today, the world's largest companies get subsidized by taxpayers* and protected by governments. Their corporate-socialist executives feed off society. That they would steal Girl Scouts' cookies should come as no surprise. It's the system in a nutshell, and the least of its abuses.
* "(E)ach 200-employee Wal-Mart store" is estimated to cost "taxpayers an average of more than $400,000 a year, based on entitlements ranging from energy-assistance grants to Medicaid to food stamps to WIC—the federal program that provides food to low-income women with children." This analysis did not take into account the environmental cost of the cheap products, and may not have looked at the depressing effect Wal-Mart and other large discounters have had on employment opportunities and wages throughout the retail and manufacturing sectors of the US economy.


  1. You may already know this story, but a link to your post here is in order...

  2. John,

    Yes, that's a great article about the impact Wal-Mart has on companies that manufacture things.

  3. I wonder if this will have any impact on cookie sales. As low as this is (and it's right down there), I think most people know that they (gladly) pay too much for Girl Scout cookies. The only customers this will drive off are those nutters who actually look at the cookie sales as as some kind of a fair trade.

  4. J-P,

    I can't imagine buying their cookies for any other reason other than to support them. But if the nutteryfactor was negligable, I imagine they would probably be asking for donations instead of selling cookies.


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