In a letter to the editor (Opinion, Jan. 1), T.V. Reed offered to drive a Pullman Wal-Mart supporter to Moscow to shop, saying: “She has a right to shop for shoddy sweatshop-made goods if she wishes.”That whole "cheap sweatshop goods" argument is a loser. Better stick with deer testicles TV.
Well, I don’t know about sweatshop production, but my eyes brightened when I heard that Wal-Mart sells shoddy goods. Just the kind for which I keep my eyes peeled. I jumped in the car and sped right to Moscow to check them out — if we can call 45 mph speeding.
What an eye opener.
Shocked and awed by the display of shoddy merchandise, I whipped out a notebook and took brand names.
I stopped when I got writer’s cramp; but for those who have never set foot in Wal-Mart and have no idea what shoddy goods Reed was talking about, here are some of the brand names: AT&T, Buck, Campbells, Coca-Cola, Coleman, Compaq, Corning Ware, Del Monte, Garmin, GE, Hamilton Beach, Hewlett Packard, Hoover, Hormel, Magnavox, Nalley, Pepsi, Purina, RCA, Remington, Rugar, Sanyo, Sony, Spaulding, Stanley, Thermos, Turbo Tax, White Stag and Winchester.
Thanks to Reed and my curiosity, I now know where to go to buy the type of shoddy merchandise I like to buy, that these companies make, and that Wal-Mart sells.
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