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  •  Hmmm. (4+ / 0-)

    I would argue against you on #1, given that they expanded profitably well beyond the South for many years before this crisis. This is a breakdown of an internal nature, it seems, not one created by market externalities. If they didn't feel a need for ever-increasing profit margins, they wouldn't have an issue, I think. It's a crisis born of capitalism as practiced in the US currently, and not limited to Wal-Mart.

    On #2, I would love to see some research bearing that out (as would Wal-Mart, I'm sure.) It doesn't strike me as too plausible--where else are people forced to be Wal-Mart shoppers going to go where "feeling poor" doesn't happen? I am lucky enough to make enough money that I can afford to buy elsewhere, but I am luckier in that I have other options. Many people don't; once Wal-Mart moves into a location, almost invariably everything else dies.

    On #3, I have no idea, since I've never set foot inside a Wal-Mart. I would say, though, that Craigslist is only useful to those who have access to a PC with an internet connection, which is nowhere near a universality for those for whom Wal-Mart is the store of last resort.

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 04:14:52 PM PDT

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    •  Craigslist is certainly not the biggest factor (1+ / 0-)
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      But it does enable sales from individuals to dealers of used goods, who then make them available for sale.  

      Modern thrift stores are also quite impressive.  Our daughter is a fan of one near us that is housed in a former department store.

      •  True enough. (1+ / 0-)
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        I wonder, though, if Wal-Mart has killed off thrift stores as much as they have every other retailer . . .
        Who's in the mood for a little marketing research? Anybody? Is this thing on?

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 04:53:46 PM PDT

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