Thursday, January 05, 2006

Oh, Snap(per)!

I don't believe that Wal-Mart is the devil. It's a business, like any other. And businesses are amoral things.

But I do think that Wal-Mart's business model - profitable as it's been for ol' Wal-Mart - is exceedingly bad for America's continued economic strength, business in general, and ultimately, for the American customer. Wal-Mart's low prices (which, in reality, are not uniformly or even actually lower than competitors) may be attractive in the short run, but the generally recognized long-term effects seem much less desirable to me.

So it was nice to read about one company that told WalMart "no thank you.":

Wier is too judicious to describe it this way, but he looked into a future of supplying lawn mowers and snow blowers to Wal-Mart and saw a whirlpool of lower prices, collapsing profitability, offshore manufacturing, and the gradual but irresistible corrosion of the very qualities for which Snapper was known.

What's interesting is that Wier, despite deciding that partnering with Wal-Mart would, essentially, kill his company, still describes himself as "pro-Wal-Mart" or at least "not Anti-Wal-Mart."

(link courtesy of Dkos)


At 11:20 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

We finally decided to put our money wheer our mouth is and stop shopping at WM.

At 12:19 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

You all should read my future father in law's book, The Death of a Thousand Cuts: Corporate Campaigns and the Attack on the Corporation

[Note: I am marrying into the family, and likely benefit from the purchase of Mr. Manheim's book in some vague far off sense monitarily.]

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Sounds interesting.

Jarol B. Manheim? I totally dig his band.

At 1:47 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Make fun of my father in law's name at your peril, Captain.

At 2:34 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Yea, verily he will visit on you the death of a thousand cuts, Cap.

Nizz, you shameless shill. I'll get B. Manheim to give me the gist over jack Daniels at your engagement party.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Jarol mein herr. ;-)

At 9:50 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Watch your back, Captain. You've been warned.


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