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I think

Really? When did this start? ;D

Seriously?  That's the best you can do?   :-*

Watto's Junk Yard / More Wal-Mart Bashing
« on: May 13, 2008, 06:59 PM »
Here's something else I bet a lot of people don't know about "evil" Wal-Mart and their low prices. Nearly every grocery store in the country charges manufacturers to shelve their products - money spent just to get the product on the shelf. Nationally, this alone costs manufacturers about a million dollars to launch a new item.  Grocery stores pocket this money as added income, utilizing funds to pay for additional administrative costs of bringing in a new item (warehouse impact, shelf revisions, data management changes, etc. 

Wal-Mart and Target don't charge a dime for new items.  Instead, they use their equivalent share of funds to drive down the end price of their products, effectively passing along the savings to consumers. consider the following:

Pepsi produces a 12pack of soda for $1.50
They want to make a profit of 25%, so they sell to retailers at $2.00
Grocery retailers want to make a 33% profit, so they sell 12packs for $3.00
AND they get to keep all of the new item money that Pepsi paid to get the item stocked.

Wal-Mart wants to make 33% profit as well
However, they apply new item fees towards the invoice prices paid to manufacturers. 
Instead of paying $2.00 per item, maybe they only have to pay $1.90
They can still make a 33% profit by selling the item at $2.80, 20 cents less than grocery
Only downside is that they didn't get to keep all that new item money becasue they're driving the cost down for the consumer.

Does the strategy make them more money in the long run? Yes!  Does it drive down costs for the consumer?  You bet.  What an evil corporation.   ::)

Watto's Junk Yard / More Wal-Mart Bashing
« on: May 13, 2008, 06:57 PM »
I think Name's point is that it's not the absolute dollar amount, but a proportion of the whole.

I think that is exactly the difference between looking at percent and actual my friend.   ;)

You can talk circles around what someone should or should not donate to charity, but if you ran a charity in need of money and Wal-Mart donated twice as much money to your cause as Target, would you consider Target your biggest benefactor because they donated a higher percentage of their earnings? Or said another way, if it takes $10,000 in donations to save a life, which company is making a bigger difference?  You can't tell me that Target couldn't afford to raise their contribution level to 10% and match Wal-Mart's domestic contributions if they really wanted to.

Regardless, what has been proved in the last page of posts is that perception of a company donating $300 MILLION DOLLARS to needy causes and sponsoring events that are driving another $100MM more is still frowned upon because people are unwilling to examine their own biases against an entity like Wal-Mart.   :-\

Watto's Junk Yard / More Wal-Mart Bashing
« on: May 13, 2008, 12:52 PM »

 I wonder what percent would have made you happy?  5%? 10% 50%???  "Heck, that's still keeping $10 Billion for themselves! What a bunch of A-holes!"  Thanks for proving my point. 

5% seems to work out well for Target.

So Target contributes $150MM and they are good guys, but Wal-Mart contributes twice that (or more) and they are a rotten company?  Thanks for that objective perspective of right and wrong. 

Watto's Junk Yard / More Wal-Mart Bashing
« on: May 13, 2008, 12:47 AM »
Did you actually read the first paragraph of that article?  Walmart gave $296 million. 

Walmart employees and customers raised or donated the balance of that $470 million.

Sure did...did you!?  Try it again little choo choo:

This past year, we donated more than $296 million to charitable organizations benefiting thousands of communities across the United States. What’s more, our associates and customers generously contributed an additional $106 million through company-sponsored programs. When combined with international donations, Wal-Mart’s global contributions totaled more than $470 million.

For the past two years, we (Wal-Mart) have been recognized as the largest corporate cash contributor by Chronicle of Philanthropy, an honor we proudly share with our customers and associates

I guess sponsoring programs to get others to contribute a paltry $106mm isn't enough for you to take off the blinders, eh Name?  ::)

How noble of them to give about 1.5% of their income to charitable causes.  We should all live like WalMart.

Yeah, if that wasn't so sarcastic I would agree.  Who cares what % of their income it is?  Even without the sponsored programs, that's almost $300 million in donations.  I wonder what percent would have made you happy?  5%? 10% 50%???  "Heck, that's still keeping $10 Billion for themselves! What a bunch of A-holes!"  Thanks for proving my point. 

Like I said before - it really doesn't matter what WM does.  The Wal-Mart haters in our midst will bash them regardless of what they do. 

Sorry Mike...

I've been striking out week after week, month after month


Vintage Kenner / Re: Were to buy vintage repro guns?
« on: May 12, 2008, 12:54 AM »
Have at her!

12" Accessories

Crap - not bad, but everything I need is unavailable.   :P

Vintage Kenner / Re: Were to buy vintage repro guns?
« on: May 11, 2008, 10:40 PM »
Anyone know a good source to buy vintage 12" weapons and accessories?  I'm in need of weapons for Darth, 2x Stormtroopers, IG88, Luke, Leia, and possibly Han as well.   :P

Collections / Re: JediJman's Collection
« on: May 11, 2008, 10:37 PM »
I'm on a roll today.  Here's the just completed loose vintage display, along with customs.  Ordered some display lights, but not here yet, so apologies for the darkness of someof the ones towards the end...

Spectacular!  That Khaleen is incredible!  What's the base?

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: May 11, 2008, 10:23 PM »
MP = Masterpiece.  I'm a newb compared to the other TFormer fans here, but I think there is a Masterpiece Megatron, Optimus (essentially 20th Anniversary version), Starscream, and Thundercracker.  They're foreign jobbies and not usually available around the US, though you can find online dealers for them and of course, Ebay.  I believe the usually run around $100 - Starscream was available on a very limited basis through Wal-Mart online.  I don't collect most of these, but had to get 'scream and am hoping for a cheap way to nab Grimlock.

You did a great job with all of them. Who's head is Daala's?

I'm pretty sure that's a Pirates of the Carribean Elizabeth Swan.  You can still find them on clearance at some WM and Targets - I've seen them here and there for about $3.

The Bullpen / Marvel Legends
« on: May 11, 2008, 08:22 AM »
Does anyone have one of these for sale or trade?
I'd even buy it loose w/out the Sandman piece.

Wish I'd known a few months ago - they were clearanced down to $3.   :-\

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: May 10, 2008, 11:30 PM »
The animated one is pretty darned close in appearance as Grimmy was in G1.  Clicky

Hope that helps  :)

Thanks for the pic, but I'm holding out for MP Grimlock.   ;)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Super Hero/Comic Book Movies
« on: May 10, 2008, 11:26 PM »
Caught Iron Man this afternoon.  Pretty good flick and Downey Jr. did a fantastic job for his character.  I've never read a comic book in my life so I have no idea what the bonus footage at the end of the flick is for.  I won't say anything for those of you who haven't seen it yet.   ;)

I saw it tonight with my wife and we both loved it.  Stayed till the end for the bonsu footage, but having already seen it on youtube, it was less exciting than if I hadn't seen it.  I have an original Iron Man #1 from the old days and have been a fan for the better part of my life and honestly, I don't think anyone could have played that character better than RDJ.  Movie was fun, fast paced, good plot, and surprisingly funny.  I'm sure I'll hit it again and definitely getting the DVD.  Can't wait to see what Marvel does the next 2-3 years.  ;)

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