Monday, January 25, 2010

SAM'S CLUB: DOES THIS MEAN I'M NOT A "TEAM MEMBER" ANYMORE?

I can't wait to see how my "experience" is "enhanced" (click here)

It will be especially interesting to see if I can even tell that the lady putting out the samples of mini-corn dogs (available for purchase in 132 unit packages) is employed by somebody else.

It is certainly reassuring to know that this is being done to enhance my experience and not for some kind of cost-cutting purpose or to abandon older workers.  I would have worried about it otherwise.

5 Comments:

At 3:34 PM, January 25, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you have to first ask yourself why you personally shop at SAM'S.

 
At 4:44 PM, January 25, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...

And that will tell me whether my experience is "enhanced?"

If this is predicate for anti-WalMart rap, go ahead and post it. I'm likely to print it as long as it's not obscene. If it's the usual screed, though, it'll be oversimplified.

One of my best friends is anti-Wally World and a very smart guy, yet he's a total free market, free-trader, Adam Smiff type. I doubt you'd make an argument I haven't heard before. A lot of the arguments against Wally are essentially anti-free market arguments. Competition is good until somebody gets too good at it stuff.

TYFCB

 
At 6:03 PM, January 25, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:44 PM

On the contrary. The only enhancement one experiences in giant warehouse stacked with stuff for sale is low price. I doubt you go there for the gift wrapping. This ensures a continuation of that "enhancement".

 
At 9:17 PM, January 25, 2010, Anonymous FRED said...

I just hope that they keep the club exclusive, you know. Like when you get to prove you're a member before you're allowed in the door and again when you check out and then I hope there's still an octogenarian at the door to frisk me on the way out and to make sure I didn't pilfer anything between the checkout and the body cavity search.

 
At 7:29 AM, January 26, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't generally shop at the Wal-Mart empire, not because I'm snooty, but just because it's pretty far from where I live in comparison to its competitors. Also you can generally get cheaper prices by shopping sales at competing stores. I wouldn't characterize all the Wal-Mart angst was anti-free market though. Folks seem to think that any government regulation of the economy is anti-free market, but a lot of the anti-trust laws and financial regulations are in place to make sure the market operates efficiently and true competition exists. If the Chicago School folks want to go back to the late 19th, early 20th century economies they can be my guest, but I think a perusal of the history of that era will demonstrate that it was a pretty bad deal.
Also, this link is the coolest thing out there with regards to Wal-Mart
http://projects.flowingdata.com/walmart/

 

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