# Walmart under fire for selling black Barbies at half price of white dolls

Discussion in 'Politics' started by desi, Mar 11, 2010.

1. ### jmpetValued Senior Member

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This whole thing is based on a photograph.

Sometimes a photograph is just a photograph.

3. ### DoreenValued Senior Member

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If you send pretty much any photograph to the right experts you'll find someone who can squeeze a controversy out of it and suddenly someone or something is under fire. As if we don't have enough problems without trying to make people fight each other.

5. ### BenTheManDr. of Physics, Prof. of LoveValued Senior Member

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Hold on... You mean, if there's a lower demand, and you have excess supply, then you should lower the price to create demand? That's so weird...

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It's not weird at all, Ben.

That's exactly how it works and it's a VERY common procedure. Think about it - if people were already marginally thinking of buying something and suddenly the price is dropped, say, 60% - that's enough to bring in most of those hold-outs. And yes, it manifests itself as *instant* demand.

Tell me: If you had been eying a new computer but were put off by a $1,600 price tag and they ran a sale in which the price suddenly became$900, wouldn't you immediately become a LOT more interested in buying?

8. ### BenTheManDr. of Physics, Prof. of LoveValued Senior Member

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Well...is the computer black?

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Heh! After reading that other post, I'd already decided you were probably feeling a bit 'frisky' tonight.

10. ### RandwolfIgnorance killed the catValued Senior Member

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Now why would you say that, Doreen? I personally think you have exactly what it takes to manage a business, or a group, team, etc. in an existing corporation. My only qualification for making this judgment is because I currently (remotely - semi retired) manage a business employing 2,500+ people. I started this business with six people (counting myself and my partner) twenty some years ago.

I know that your normal modus operandi, for whatever reason, is to totally ignore my posts, even if they are directed specifically at you. However, in this case, I would really like to know why you think you are unqualified to manage a unit of business, rather that be your own, or a team or section of someone else's. You are sadly misjudging the intelligence level in my direction, but I am highly trained in picking out those with the necessary qualifications to act as team-leader, supervisor, manager, director, vice-president, etc. - because that's what I do!

On the other hand, if you say you have no motivation or desire to manage, that's a whole different kettle of fish. But to deny your innate ability is simply a lie, or perhaps some form of neurosis on your part. Fact remains, I would hire you on the spot, and my top executives make \$250,000.00 plus.

Are you really so sure you're not qualified?

11. ### superstring01Moderator

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L. M. F. A. O!!!!!

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12. ### DoreenValued Senior Member

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Well, thank you, truly. But I am not simply thinking poorly of myself. There are certain types of organizational skills that I dislike so much I mess them up. I have worked in businesses, obviously, and gotten enough of a taste of the various administrative, financial and otherwise form based portions of the business to have seen how my passive aggressive tendencies lead to regular errors. I suppose if I loved the business and it was mine, either literally or it felt like it was mine, I might find the focus and stop that stuff. But I am unconvinced.
I am sorry about that. I have never made a decision to ignore you posts. I do have a haphazard approach here, in fact this might be related to what I described above. I will try to keep a better eye out.

Honestly, I haven't even formed an opinion of you, except a vague sense that you seem intelligent.

I definitely think I have the intelligence. I have had close social relationships with people who run businesses and through work a great deal of professional contact. I feel quite confident on the IQ end. I even think I can ask good, useful questions and come up with suggestions and solutions related to their work. A consultant of some kind, definitely. But there is a kind of thoroughness I do not feel is one of my strengths which is a quality I notice these people have, and then the issue I mentioned earlier in the post. Possibly, a very large business, if I could stack a management team to cover all of my weaknesses, but from what I have seen, the top guys and gals are covering bases I do not want to cover.

So, what kind of business is it. I mean, I am willing to explore.

My resume is a very odd one that would not get me to an interview in most cases for jobs at that salary level. Unless the person was curious and someone who would consider left field. I know those people exist and I do think I could write a cover letter that would give me a shot with the more open-minded - I mean, they'd have to be very open minded - I have never earned anything close to that. I did have one position that put me in charge of a decent number of people, but the job was rigged for burn out and I actually last longer than others, but only a year. After that they broke the job up into pieces. So it would be a leap.

I actually appreciate what you are pressing on me here, I will need to change jobs in the near future when my home situation leaves open that option. And I do look everywhere. I have recently started looking at companies in areas I want to move to see if I can cold write and call them even though they have not announced anything. As yet I haven't found a niche or imagined one, quite.

But it's a timely issue.

13. ### superstring01Moderator

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You do know who I am, right? If not. Talk to BenTheMan, for a reference.

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14. ### RandwolfIgnorance killed the catValued Senior Member

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Doreen:

It sounds to me like you would fit well into a niche that allowed you free reign - coupled with an assistant to cover the "details". Perhaps something in PR or Purchasing? You appear to be able to "win" people over to your point of view, whether it be through charm or bullying. I come from the school of "whatever works"...

The business is headquartered in Florida, USA. I have no idea if this is an area you are considering?

15. ### sandyBannedBanned

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No surprise. The black Barbie's weren't selling. Barbie is white. Someone should market a black doll with a new name to black girls. Even the youngest girls are not fooled or stupid. They know Barbie is white.

16. ### Newyorker121594Registered Senior Member

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Black Barbies suck (jkjkjkjk) i dont care bout that

17. ### NasorValued Senior Member

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Just out of curiosity, what's wrong with the phrase "in stock" or "in inventory"? Or even just the word "have"? As in, "How many of those dolls do we have?"

"On-hands" makes it seem like someone went out of their way to invent a pointless new phrase.

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There's nothing wrong with any of those expressions. Just remember that in any industry/business - and even within the scientific community - there's always going to be a certain amount of "insider" jargon in use.

Here's a typical example: In the telephone industry (both voice and data) the term "repeater" is often used instead of the common (non-insider) word "amplifier."

19. ### superstring01Moderator

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The term "on-hands" as a specific collective noun referring to the number of units a store has within its current stock has been around, at least, since the 60's. When I worked at Walmart, we had to read inventory reports from the original stores. The term "on-hands" was used back then. I'm certain Sam Walton didn't invent it.

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20. ### ElectricFetusSanity going, going, goneValued Senior Member

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There is clearly now shortage of apologetic people either.

But for this case I see no racism here -- someone help me to give a shit.