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Will Dell computers share the same fate as Vlasic’s Pickles?

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While waiting to make one more attempt at working with upcoming.org, I came across this CNN Money article about Wal-Mart reaching into name brand electronic sales.  The article cites that Best Buy, Circuit City and Target must be watching this collaboration closely since Wal-mart is known as a category killer.  My first thought was much  closer to home.  What does this mean for Steelyard Commons.  Wal-mart has yet to arrive on the scene but Best Buy and Target are already open and selling their wares.  Will they be able to sustain themselves when the Super Center arrives on the scene? My restaurant owner friends say that competition in their business is a good thing because NOBODY eats at the same place every day and night.  BORING! But in the world of big box stores, is that the case or is it more survival of the fittest–the last one standing as it were? 

Well, time to try to get upcoming.org to cooperate so that I can get our Meet.The.Bloggers schedule up and running.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I am not liking this takeover from google to yahoo.  I have a lot more endless spinning and hangs when I try to post things.  Frustrating to say the least, and it messes with my mellow demeanor.

Update:   See it has already messed with my mind.  I just reread this post and realized that not once did I mention Vlasic Pickles.  I was referring to the incident a few years ago when Wal Mart worked out this amazing deal for themselves on a gallon jar of Vlasic’s Kosher dills.  Everybody bought them at Walmart even though there were many more huge pickles in the jar than one family could eat causing a spoilage factor that Vlasic could not overcome.  Also their other products suffered because so much went in to the production of the Kosher Dill Gallon Jars for Walmart. Vlasic admits that this story alone did not cause the eventual bankruptcy of the company, but it certainly didn’t help.  My dad always said that a bargain isn’t a bargain if you don’t need what is being sold.  So, how many Kosher Dill Pickles should one family need or want?  Are those things even good for us? And now, they have moved on to name brand electronics.  Dell should be very careful.     

Written by Gloria Ferris

July 17th, 2007 at 10:28 am