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Nincompoops abound on both sides of the Wal-Mart issue
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Now it's the right's turn:
After months of criticism from union-backed groups over its employee pay and health care practices, Wal-Mart now faces a potential "rollback" of support from conservatives because of the retail giant's partnership with a homosexual business coalition.

"I don't think this is something that will sell on Main Street America, where most Wal-Mart stores are located," said Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council (FRC). "I don't think cheap prices on goods from China will be enough to stop a rollback in their customer base if they choose to go down this aisle."
Good grief. It's a department store folks, get a freakin' grip.
"Wal-Mart has always been a favorite of God-fearing Middle American customers who hold traditional family values," said Peter LaBarbera, the group's founder and president. "I'm very surprised that Wal-Mart would now bite the hand that feeds it and thumb its nose at those very customers.

"It seems to me that Wal-Mart should reconsider its unsavory alliance with these extremist homosexual activists in today's heated and polarizing culture war," LaBarbera added.
Said the extremist.

Says Bob McAdams, vice president of corporate affairs at Wal-Mart:
"I think our attraction to Americans in general speaks for itself, and that's why comments from either side of the political spectrum or whatever philosophical debate are less important than the daily approval we see from our customers," McAdam said.

"Wal-Mart continues to serve the vast majority of Americans regardless of their political persuasion or their personal beliefs," McAdam noted.
Exactly ... like I said, it's a department store. It makes money by serving and supporting its customers ... all of them.

Oh, and in case it is something you've always wondered about: nincompoop

UPDATE: OTOH, according to LastTango at Daily Pundit, some of the "progressive pressure" seems to be having an effect on Wal-Mart's management.
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Written By: meagain
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I don’t know but I hope they were on our Google ads and you clicked through. ;)
Written By: McQ
"I’m very surprised that Wal-Mart would now bite the hand that feeds it and thumb its nose at those very customers."

Their concern for Wal-Mart’s welfare is touching. However, if it comes to a choice between the political acumen of the Wal-Mart management and a political lobbying group, I’ll go with Wal-Mart. They have a better track record of customer satisfaction.
Written By: timactual
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Walmart built their empire on a good selection at good prices appealing to broad markets. Walmart put a lot of work into not offending anybody especially families. They don’t sell porn. They are careful about their movie, music, and video game selections. They don’t sell "non-sporting" firearms like handguns, short-barreled shotguns, or many rifles.

Now I’m wagering that they have hit the limit of what that business plan can do for them. Walmart has expanded across the country and is probably approaching market saturation with their current business model. Now they’re reaching into the previously untapped niche markets with high discretionary income. They’re selling some adult materials. They’re courting the gay community. They’ll probably be courting the liberal community more because they have fewer kids and therefore more discretionary income.

Of course while doing that they are upsetting some of their old customer base which is what we’re seeing now. Walmart is gambling that their old customers won’t be so upset that they will shop elsewhere. I’m not sure if it is a good gamble or not. Over the long term, I’m betting not. They’ve gone from courting sustainable families to courting unsustainable families (in terms of birth rate). In the long term I don’t think it will pay off.
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
Jeff, I think the best bet for Walmart, from your discussion is to follow Disney’s example. Touchstoen pictures is/was Disney but it allowed Disney to move beyond "G" films. Wally Mart might think about founding a different set of chain(S) to enter these niche markets.
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"Unsustainable families"? Gays have been around for a long time - I don’t think they will die out.
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