Walmart to sell new iPad at midnight on Friday

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  • Reply 41 of 49
    lightknightlightknight Posts: 2,312member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post


    Wow, Wal-Mart wants to beat the Apple Stores to the punch. Pretty clever. I'd get one from Wal-Mart, then sell it to the highest bidder with cash standing in line at the Apple Store, for a reasonable mark up. Free market, baby. Free market.



    Isn't that called "scalping"?
  • Reply 42 of 49
    jeffdmjeffdm Posts: 12,947member
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    Originally Posted by charlituna View Post


    It's not about beating Apple to the punch so much as getting folks to walk into a Walmart. Many folks go their whole lives never doing that because they think that Walmart is some slum for white trash etc.



    In a way, it kind of is, just that the popular conception is a bit of an exaggeration.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by justflybob View Post


    Obviously you have never spent one minute anywhere near a Walmart.



    http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/photos/



    That's a fun web site, at least it was when I read it. I was sad to cut it out of my feeds, but I had to axe several to save time.



    It's not a fair sampling though, you'll see similar levels of weirdness if someone started People of Coffee Shops or any other iconic type establishment frequented by any particular demographic.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lightknight View Post


    Isn't that called "scalping"?



    It certainly is. I don't think it's the illegal kind, just unpopular.
  • Reply 43 of 49
    djrumpydjrumpy Posts: 1,116member
    Hate these artificial release dates. Mine sat in Kentucky for a week. If it's late by even a day just to meet some made up release day by Apple, I'm going to call and raise hell.
  • Reply 44 of 49
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by justflybob View Post


    Buddha.



    Your turn!



    Confucius.



    My earlier post was an attempt to predict the next post judging by the 3that preceded mine, but I think I was doing it wrong.
  • Reply 45 of 49
    justflybobjustflybob Posts: 1,337member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post


    Got any stereotypical stupid pictures of yourself for sale?



    No....



    ...Want to buy some?



    You do realize that your comments say more about yourself... Than the company, employees and customers that you are attempting to demean....




    I'm quite sure there are plenty to go around. My personal favorite is my long hair, porn-star-quality mustache, wearing a see-through white shirt (mesh actually) for added effect, tied together nicely with my dark green leisure suit with the bright green roses stitched onto both shoulders.



    Why do you ask?
  • Reply 46 of 49
    christophbchristophb Posts: 1,458member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by justflybob View Post


    Trust me when I say that you do not need to worry, as I will never move to your "state". I have spent more time than necessary on business trips there. Perhaps the freakiest dinner I ever attended was on the 7th floor of the Texas Book Depository. For dessert, we were invited to the 6th floor museum, where creepily smiling docents said charming things like "Wuh, this is the very gun used to kill President Kennedy!", and then we were encouraged to take photos on the street below where an even creepier big red "X" marked the exact spot where bullet met brain matter.



    And that was the nicest part of the trip!



    I hear ya. I had an experience like that on my last trip to Singapore. I went to a WWII museum and they had pictures and artifacts of the Japanese invasion and there were pictures of the internment camps where the weaker were allowed to die and the stronger turned into slave labor. I even met a guy there who survived one of those camps.



    What a terrible place, Singapore. I don't think I'll go back. Sound logic?
  • Reply 47 of 49
    justflybobjustflybob Posts: 1,337member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ChristophB View Post


    I hear ya. I had an experience like that on my last trip to Singapore. I went to a WWII museum and they had pictures and artifacts of the Japanese invasion and there were pictures of the internment camps where the weaker were allowed to die and the stronger turned into slave labor. I even met a guy there who survived one of those camps.



    What a terrible place, Singapore. I don't think I'll go back. Sound logic?



    Of course not. But that does not mean that most of my colleagues were happy with the chosen venue. A venue, I might add, that was kept a secret until we were all on the tour buses heading for our "exciting dinner venue." Every word I wrote about that awful experience on a business trip to Dallas was true. So in your world, does that mean that our collective experience that night did not happen?



    You can spin it all you want. The link to the event in question still exists today.

    http://www.jfk.org/go/visit/facility-rental

    I mean really, who would not want to stuff desserts in your face with a glass of wine while taking turns kneeling where an assassin once knelt, for the sole purpose of determining whether or not the shot was possible? The whole museum visit could have been an educational experience held during the day or during free time to explore. Instead it was crass joke that I do not think anyone with a conscience would choose to attend. Many of us who felt uneasy about the whole thing ended up walking back to hotel, rather than wait for all the others who were taking turns having their photos taken at the infamous red X.



    As for Singapore, I last visited there in the 1970's. I remember how hot it was and how most people I met where friendly. I also regret purchasing a large number of illegal copies of records, LPs as they once were called. But hey, my job at he time was to kill people in an efficient manner, so there's that...
  • Reply 48 of 49
    justflybobjustflybob Posts: 1,337member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Doctor David View Post


    Confucius.



    My earlier post was an attempt to predict the next post judging by the 3that preceded mine, but I think I was doing it wrong.



    No, I think you were doing it right.
  • Reply 49 of 49
    justflybobjustflybob Posts: 1,337member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JeffDM View Post


    In a way, it kind of is, just that the popular conception is a bit of an exaggeration.



    That's a fun web site, at least it was when I read it. I was sad to cut it out of my feeds, but I had to axe several to save time.



    It's not a fair sampling though, you'll see similar levels of weirdness if someone started People of Coffee Shops or any other iconic type establishment frequented by any particular demographic.




    Jeff, I could not agree more. And yes, I do have a considerable axe to grind with everything Walmart stands for. I know that not everyone who works at Walmart (sorry Dick, I did not know) or shops at Walmart (sorry Dick, again I had no idea) is as portrayed in the "People" web site. And I am aware that my methods were not understood. Hell, even I don't understand them half the time. But I still feel if I can persuade just one person at a time to never shop there, then I have accomplished something.



    I am still in shock that Apple has chosen to do business with them at all, but certainly understand the "lessor evil" argument that others have expressed from time to time.



    There are two instances in my own life where family and friends have been irreparably harmed by Walmart strong-arming their way into their respective neighborhoods.



    One family member committed suicide after losing their life-long grocery store in southern California, following the bankruptcy that was a direct result of Walmart coming to town. They simply could not compete on Walmart's level.



    In the second case, in northern Nevada near the end of the decade, Walmart once again bullied their way into a long-established, staid and well maintained neighborhood. This, after a voter referendum passed attempting to prevent the new store. The city council ignored the measure, and Walmart won the day. Now that same neighborhood looks like hell. Or to put it another way, would YOU want one of their super stores located a block from the home you bought many years ago? Walmart had the means, the money, and the politicians in their corner. The homeowners did not.



    Finally, has everyone forgotten so soon about how Walmart manipulates its workforce? Remember how they manipulate their employee hours so that they can never earn overtime, even when working overtime hours? Or how about conveniently distributing hours among the workforce so that oh-so-few of these employees qualify as "full-time" so they can never qualify for their admittedly crappy health plan?



    Disgusting practices all.
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