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  •  Well, they are rich indeed. (3+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson, Lujane, llywrch

    But that wealth comes from making a teeny tiny amount on an enormous volume of goods. They cannot sell imports from Southeast Asia at a $2 or $3 loss. They work to make a few cents on everything they sell, net.

    •  I understand that (2+ / 0-)
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      cotterperson, Lujane

      I am not so dim as to not appreciate that their profits come from volume and they can't profit from a loss. I also get that real reform, reform costing far more than $500,000, to prevent such abhorrent conditions would require passing the cost on to customers. I am also not so dim that they would not pass on that cost to customers, for which the customers would need to care enough to agree to pay (although on most goods it is probably far less than a dollar) and that would require getting their customers to care.

      I get that, please don't twist what I said to make me sound like a complete idiot (enormous volume/not a loss/increased cost).

      I will try this one last time, they were asked to make a one time pledge of $500,000, a truly meaningless amount for Walmart.  It could actually come out of their advertising budget to "show they care" and could easily be covered by the profits from perhaps one day.

      It is not paying that one time cost out of already made enormous profit that I found revolting, I agreed with everything else you said.

      Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

      by 4CasandChlo on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:27:59 AM PDT

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      •  It an annual amount, not one time, but still (0+ / 0-)

        easily affordable by WalMart.  As you say, it could come out of their advertising budget and probably be a net gain in public opinion relative to other types of advertising.

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