Walmart customer panties bunched up over discounted Barbie dolls

This story made me laugh and then shrug off the warm feeling I got from the story in my previous blog post. The media is presenting a story about how the black Barbie was discount priced under the white Barbie.

Walmart said it priced the doll because it wasn't selling, not because it was racist.  I am going to have to side with Walmart.  Knowing just a little bit about how they operate, I can guarantee the whole discount process is automated.  Low sales on a product SKU number trigger an automated discount of which the stores are notified.  The only person who ever knew that the discounted item was a black Barbie was the lowly employee who had to put up the discounted price tag.

I checked this story out on several websites just for the comments. They were damn funny. Some of my favorite comments were: informative - they wouldn't be on sale if black people bought less white Barbie's; racist - They aren't being bought, they're being stolen; and obvious - must've been a slow news day to report on this crap.

The truth is, this isn't an issue for most people. I do believe most people know that Walmart see the dolls a just a product and not a methodology for making a political statement over their corporate opinion of black folk.

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