Degrading Black Barbie On Sale for Half the Price of Degrading White Barbie

Walmart swears this photo isn’t what you think. It’s not that Black Barbie is only worth half as much as White Barbie, it’s that Walmart is trying to get rid of Black Barbie to make room for new inventory.

Okay. It’s worse than what you think.

Black Barbie Sold for Less Than White Barbie at Walmart Store [ABC, via Raw Story]

Photo: FunnyJunk


See, Walmart is an originalist. “Revenues are based on the whole value at sale of light colored plastic models, all others at three fifths of retail”.


The “strict constructionists” on the Supreme Court applaud Walmart for its patriotism and sound legal hermeneutics.

This reminds me, I have a photo of surfer Obama bobbleheads for sale at an ABC Store that I need to send Nojo.

may I just say, that Barbie thing is a stupid story.

@Capt Howdy:
+1 (3/5ths)

about our friend dexter, haven’t had the time, was busy caching up for oscar night. i hardly ever find time for tv anymore. when does the new season start? i’ll be caught up by then.

@Capt Howdy:
stupid story? noooo. appalling, yes. in the stupid -not-funny-way.

come on. its over stock. did anyone expect walmart to do anything but try to move their crappy merchandise? walmarts not a hotbed of social engineering generally speaking.

Kos takes Kucinich to the woodshed. you know, I never read that site much. never registered there. but maybe I should because I agree with everything he says here

@Capt Howdy:

I beg to differ. Wal-Mart has been THE instrument of social engineering towards a corporatist state for decades now. Ask any Main Street Mom-And-Pop retailer, if you can find one.

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: Psst. You wanna buy a bookshop in prime location in heart of Woodstock? Going cheap.

@Benedick von Trapp:

Sure. Right after I buy an honest-to-god real millstone to wear around my neck.

@Tommmcatt Say Relax:
well sure. I helped organize protests that kept walmart out of my small town in arkansas. thats not the kind of social engineering I was talking about.

for example, selling black and white barbie for the same price when they have twice as many of one just to be equal rights friendly.

@Benedick von Trapp: Did I wound? You don’t actually own one, do you?

@Benedick von Trapp:

Awhile back I saw and loved Be Kind Rewind, which reinvigorated my childhood dream of owning a video store. Ah, wistful nostalgia.

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: There actually is an independent bookstore up for sale in Woodstock. I don’t think it belongs to Benedick, though.

@Mistress Cynica: Oh. Well if I’m not hurting Benedick’s feelings then I stand by my douchebaggery: Independent Bookstores are no longer a going concern.


Twenty comments in and nary a mention of this?

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: Where’s LuxMentis? He’s best qualified here to weigh in on the subject.

@nojo: From the co-owner’s post to

Dear Fellow Independent Booksellers:

After 32 years in business, The Golden Notebook, located in Woodstock, New York, is looking for a new owner. This step is being taken because the illness of one of its owners makes it impossible to provide the hours and service that the community has come to expect and deserve.

The Golden Notebook is housed in a building it owns right in the center of the Town of Woodstock. It consists of a general bookstore with approximately 750 square feet of selling space and an upstairs stock room and office. Right next door is our children’s bookstore in a rental space with approximately 600 square feet of selling space and access to a basement for storage. Both stores have garnered a well-deserved reputation and have many established customers. Our goal is to find a buyer who will continue to maintain it as an independent bookstore.

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: I’d say struggling concern, but those in places where they’re not run out by high rents and monster retailers are still limping along. We a have a very cool one here where I’m going to pick up my next book club book this very evening.

@mellbell: Barbified Christine Hendricks? A crime against a real behind.

Worse, a diminished one. No boobies.

Although they did get Betts’ personality bang on.

@Tommmcatt Say Relax: I like it when you’re rough.

@Mistress Cynica: It’s a very nice shop. Right on the village green. Two doors along from where the liquor store used to be. 20 years ago I might have been tempted. We have a Barnes & Noble fairly close but people still like to shop at Golden Notebook.

@Original Andrew: That’s me and John Cusak in “Hi Fidelity” – total record store envy.

These kinds of mom ‘n pop stores still mostly work in high traffic, touristy areas. The Nabiscos descended on a decent word-seller in “old town” Alexandria some months back; I just love to hear clerks say, brightly, “No, but we can order it” when you ask for something they don’t have in stock. Having someone special order something for me used to make me feel like royalty or something.

I wish the goddam turkey decoys I got there the other day were half off.

@Capt Howdy: Mrs RML did that too when she was editor of the weekly paper in the ancestral hometown. A coalition of union labor, the grocery stores they worked at and concerned citizens came together to chase Super Wally away. Our environmental law firm also provided some support on land use law. Fancy newcomers from Cali and NY wisely stayed in the background and let the Hispanic working class folks carry the ball, which was not the case in Santa Fe. Snooty libs who decried the asthetics of Wal Mart and belittled the customers got their ass kicked because the blue collars showed up and said they needed the low prices here in Santa Fe and the county commission fell in line. They are clearing the land for the new superstore now.

@Nabisco: I got a chronograph to check the velocity of my handloaded ammo from a local shop that ordered it for me. It was a couple a bucks more than Cabela’s, but it was helping the guy behind the counter and his crew.


Poor RML, still hunting the elusive dindon sauvage. Are they in season now? That seems wrong somehow.

@Mistress Cynica: We a have a very cool one here where I’m going to pick up my next book club book this very evening.

My, hasn’t McMinnville changed in thirty years!

I moved there almost sight-unseen because of the newspaper gig. Figured, hey, it’s got a college — just like Eugene! Can’t be too bad.

That’s when I learned a small private college is a lot different than a state university, particularly in its (lack of) impact on the local community.

But to the point: Got excited when I learned there was a used-bookstore in town. Stepped inside, and I was faced with rows of paperback mysteries and romance novels.

Listened to a lot of Depression Rock during those eighteen months…

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