Friday, June 28, 2013

Walmart, Sears Nix Deals With Paula Deen

Anyone looking for cookware on clearance needs only to go as far as their local Walmart or Sears. Both companies announced that they will no longer be carrying Paula Deen cookware over her past use of a racial slur some 30 years ago. Also jumping the Deen ship are Home Depot, JC Penney, Novo Nordisk, and Caesars Entertainment Corporation. This is not looking good for Paula as she, according to CNN Money online, has hired a professional crisis-management firm.

While I'm not familiar with the official stance of Sears, I am familiar with the official stance of Walmart. Giving only a blanket statement that stores will only carry the once must-have item du jour among those who care about having the latest of everything until the product is sold out, everyone knows why Paula and companies have parted ways.

In the past few days, a co-worker of mine who works in that department has had customers say, "You mean you're still going to carry her product after what she said?" The answer was that until told otherwise, yes. Well, otherwise came. Product availability is limited to the current stock and any orders already placed. No future orders will be processed.

Maybe it's just me, but isn't the bottom line in business turning a profit? A lot of people are ready to boycott any store that carries her products, but there are many people who really don't give a rat's behind about the whole debacle and just want quality products at a reasonable price. Do you cave to the boycott crowd or sell the product and make some money? As one who believes in free market capitalism, I know what I would do. But that's just me.

The media didn't get this wound up over Martha Stewart's crimes. She was only convicted of insider trading. Now had she used a racial slur...

No one can predict just how far this train is going to run before FINALLY pulling into the station, but you can rest assured that the vilification is far from over.

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