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Using an XActo knife we bought from

2011-08-02 01:36:07.348474+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Using an X-Acto knife we bought from Wal*Mart. Forgot that Wal*Mart versions of products are sucky and cheap and not what you get elsewhere.

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-08-02 21:12:31.644953+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

There's the well known Fast Company story about why Snapper (mowers) said no to Wal*Mart.


#Comment Re: made: 2011-08-02 20:36:44.748454+00 by: ebradway

I heard a story on NPR ages ago about Vlassic Pickles' encounter with Wal*Mart. Basically. Wal*Mart told Vlassic that they needed to be able to sell a jar of pickles twice the size of their standard size but for a retail price less than the wholesale price other vendors got. And they needed to be able to promise 4-10 times their current capacity. And they needed to promise to decrease the wholesale price to Wal*Mart by 10% a year.

At least then, you could not buy Vlassic Pickles in Wal*Mart. That might have changed but I bet what's floating in the brine at Wal*Mart is lower quality than what you find elsewhere.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-08-02 12:01:14.685224+00 by: meuon

Personally, I'm amazed at the ways in which the Wal*Mart version of a name brand "standard" product can be different than the first tier line of the same name brand similar model (but not the same) product. It ranges from simply missing some optional parts or features, to a complete difference in materials and finish.

It reminds me of a conversation with a Chinese supplier of product:

$work: "we'll pay you more to do make this better: Fix A, add B"

$oem: "Why would you do that?"