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carrowsboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:11 PM
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Ldotters welcome being spyed on by Wal*Mart

"What Wal-Mart Knows About Customers' Habits"

Reply 2 - Posted by: Packard 5682, 11/14/2004 1:08:01 AM

Wal-Mart's push for scan-based receiving is motivated in large part because a lot of Wal-Mart customers eat things while shopping that they haven't paid for.

Reply 3 - Posted by: david999, 11/14/2004 1:08:43 AM

I hate being tracked and it is only going to get worse. Your cars black box, cellphone giving your location, video cameras everywhere
Anytime you walk, talk or buy anything you are tracked.
Today I went to Wal-Mart to buy more tinfoil to block "them" listening to my thoughts
Strange but they are knew I was coming as they greeted me at the door...

Reply 4 - Posted by: stealthy, 11/14/2004 1:25:48 AM

I just started working there, part-time. They know and let you know about trial laywers and unions being after them. No-Brainer. They need to consider as whole new group of assasins. The MSM. Since the election, Wal-Mart shoppers have been targeted by the media as a partisan group. Which makes them the enemy of the MSM. Lo and behold a NYTs article casting aspersions on them. Go Figure.

I hope they see this attack coming, because I sure do.

Reply 5 - Posted by: eliza, 11/14/2004 1:47:36 AM

Don't like it? Don't shop at WalMart.

I think this kind of stuff is terrific and I am never concerned when private enterprises have my data... after all, they wouldn't have it if I didn't reveal it. I figure the most they can do with it is: try to sell me something on the basis of it (I retain control in this environment) or share it with other cos. who will try to get me to buy something on the basis of it (same deal: if I can't reject the sales pitch, that's my problem; not theirs).

Now when private Cos. are compelled to share that data with PUBLIC entities, that, my friend, is what we call a different story AFAIC.

Kudos to WalMart for smart investments in infrastructure and technology.

BTW: find me one customer who has no idea his/her purchases are being tracked and I will show you one person who has MUCH bigger problems than the tracking of his/her purchases of Doritos.

If you've got a problem sharing your SSN with WalMart then get a bank account like the rest of us. Don't have a driver's license? Get one. Not in this country legally? Leave.

Reply 6 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 11/14/2004 2:02:14 AM

Darn smart business practice and I appreciate it. I hate going to a store and their not having what I want. WalMart is a super store here - I mean one of the huge ones. Gorgeous store, nice clerks, etc.
Read an article in the Portland, Oregon newspaper written by Dan Savage that pretty much gives away the blue counties wanting to keep their insular dull little lives, while pretending to be soooo sophisticated. On second thought, the article made me made enough to spit.

Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/14/2004 4:23:41 AM

I am thrilled to pieces that stores can note what brands and items I buy. Then I'll have a fair chance of finding them on the shelves when I shop.

Reply 10 - Posted by: plangent, 11/14/2004 4:54:45 AM

Yes, the MSM really has their ''long knives'' out for Wal-Mart. CNBC ran a 2 hour investigative special on Wal-Mart last Wednesday, which I watched and taped for my daughter, who is a Wal-Mart employee.

Reply 14 - Posted by: twinkle93, 11/14/2004 12:00:25 PM

My goodness. How dare someone try to provide the customer with what she/he wats to buy?
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:15 PM
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1. What kind of incredible disconnect is needed...
to simultaneously hate big government while LOOOOOVING big corporations? My government is accountable to me through the ballot box. A corporation is beholded to NO ONE but the shareholders.

Maybe when these freeping morons discover that their health insurance rates go up because Wal-Mart has noticed they've been buying a lot of Ding-Dongs lately, they'll be a little less willing to share their shopping habits with corporations.

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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:52 PM
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5. I have always wondered that
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Gato Moteado Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:15 PM
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2. these are the people who willingly give up their privacy.....
idiots, all.
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ShaneGR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:42 PM
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3. Just, well, odd.....
Bizarre really.
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Nobody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:51 PM
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4. If you have 50 of product A and 50 of product B
It's pretty obvious how to tell that product B sells better.

The same 5 of Product A is still on the shelf and 45 are in the back room while there's only two left anywhere of Product B.

Duh! And it doesn't allow for them to sell my info to someone to interrupt me while I'm trying to eat and spend time with my family.

Haven't these idiots ever heard of taking inventory?

The guy who wrote a letter to the ed last year about wanting video cams down town because without them he'd be tempted to urinate in public and molest children comes to mind.
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Cat Atomic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:55 PM
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6. Wait- these are the same people who complain about the "nanny-state"?
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Book Lover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:07 PM
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7. Just in case you're interested in the Savage editorial
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Is It Fascism Yet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:22 PM
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8. Oh you guys, WallyWorld is wicked and evil
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 01:25 PM by Is It Fascism Yet
WallyWorld is wicked and evil. They undercut all competition in a way only a mega corporation can. They move in and monopolize all markets, shutting down small enterprise in their wake. You cannot find anything made in America in WallyWorld, I have tried. WallyWorld has squeezed out all other retail outlets in my town of 10,000 people. If you want to shop, it's got to be Walmart, unless you prefer to drive 100 miles. Wally is the only store left in my town that sells women's clothes. I resent that limitation of selection, I must dress as WallyWorld thinks I should, or find time for a 100 mile journey. They force me to wear, at this very moment, slacks made (badly) in China. Yes, I am willing to pay more for made in America, paid $100 extra for my tires last week to buy American. I am also willing to pay more for style. I must also furnish my house and garden with the maudlin tastes of WallyWorld. And my clothes, house, garden, must therefore look exactly like everyone else's in town. I can no longer have morning glories blooming in my garden, because WallyWorld unilaterally decided to outlaw morning glory seeds, in case somebody might make a tea and get high. I really don't care if somebody makes a tea and gets high, and I sure as hell think it would be none of WallyWorlds business if they did. I go in there and try to buy something made in America, but, there just isn't anything. Now, let's look at WallyWorld's evil performance as an employer. They are slavemasters who drive wages to the bottom. They outsource in the worst possible way, by hiring illegal aliens. The people they employ do not get sick time, vacation time, medical benefits, family leave or a living wage. Let's be real. Wallyworld is fascism incarnate. Starve The Beast. Don't spend until they count our votes. Thanks.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:22 PM
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9. Let me explain why those people are utter nitwits:
So they don't mind getting junk mail and telemarketing calls from hundreds of fellow companies that Wallyworld sells their database information to?

All walmart needs to know that x amount of Dove soap sold. Then they keep buying it from the supplier because it sold. These twits don't realize that their names need not be included. In fact, if they bought certain types of products, some Homerland Security officials might mistakenly put 1 + 1 together and decide it's 3 because the name of the wallyworld shopper innocently bought all the components necessary to make a cheap bomb when all they did was buy their favorite brands of kitchen and bathroom products, whoopee.) Of course, once they realize that Homeland Security is looking them up, maybe they'll realize that 1984 = 2004.

Also, wallyworld and Sams Club don't always sell the same products as the competition. Will all interested customers write into the company, begging for product x? (many of wallyworld's food products are the plain versions only, nothing exotic. So whatever deals they have with their suppliers only extends so far.)
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:23 PM
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10. Idiots who are proud to be fleeced
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Is It Fascism Yet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:27 PM
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11. LOL, that says it an a nutshell!
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