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Wed Dec 18, 2013, 03:07 PM

You can't make this stuff up: Wal-Mart Monetizes the Occupy Movement

http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/17/wal-mart-monetizes-the-occupy-movement/

Wal-Mart Monetizes the Occupy Movement

This holiday season, buy the perfect gift for that loved one who took a stand against America’s plutocracy: a large print of the Occupy encampment at Zuccotti Park. The poster is “printed on Premium Heavy Stock Paper which captures all of the vivid colors and details of the original,” the print-maker writes. “Ready for hanging or framing,” it “would make a great addition to your home or office.”

It’s available online through Wal-Mart’s “Marketplace,” a section of the big box chain’s website that allows third parties to post items for sale.

The irony — a poster celebrating a movement that decried capitalism’s excesses sold by the retailer that the same movement pointed to as most illustrative of capitalism’s excesses — is lost on no one. ...

“Quite possibly the only thing funnier than being able to purchase a Ché Guevara tee shirt at a big box chain store would be the ability to buy a panoramic poster featuring Occupy Wall Street’s encampment in Lower Manhattan from that chain,” writes Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell.


more at link: http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/17/wal-mart-monetizes-the-occupy-movement/

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Reply You can't make this stuff up: Wal-Mart Monetizes the Occupy Movement (Original post)
1monster Dec 2013 OP
Springslips Dec 2013 #1
politichew Dec 2013 #3
jberryhill Dec 2013 #2
1000words Dec 2013 #4
1monster Dec 2013 #5
jberryhill Dec 2013 #6
Springslips Dec 2013 #7
Initech Dec 2013 #8

Response to 1monster (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 03:11 PM

1. What would be worse.

Is that some progressive buys it from there.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 03:31 PM

2. "a section of the big box chain’s website that allows third parties to post items for sale"

 


In other words, someone put it for sale there for the intended ironic attention it is receiving.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 03:33 PM

4. Good catch

 

And good for whomever posted it.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 03:53 PM

5. I missed that, but I'm sure that Walmart, just like other sites that allow third parties

to use their websites to sell items (Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, E-bay), does charge a percentage of the sale and thus profits.

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Response to 1monster (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 03:55 PM

6. Sure, but it's not as if they select the merchandise

 

You can probably sell anti-Walmart DVDs there too. Big whoop.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 04:46 PM

7. Interesting ideal.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 05:03 PM

8. Talk about missing the point!

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