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Comment: Re:Pretty chilling honestly (Score 1) 548

by Occams (#46911337) Attached to: Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts
Not alarming at all, but quite sensible. THe DOJ has limited resources so it has to make judgements about how best to employ them. It should aim where it thinks it has the best chances of detecting breaches of federal laws. I think aiming at these dubious business is a good strateg. People dealing with drugs, porno, sex, ponzi scams, gambling, telemarketing etc, do seem to me to be more likely to reward some DOJ investigation.

Comment: Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (Score 1) 455

by Occams (#46613531) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees
Agreed, but notice how the long Aldi conveyor ends abruptlyat the cash register after which is a very short counter that can hold only a couple of items. There the fast swiping check out chick expects you to quickly load your own bags (or buy new bags) to stop items piling up on your side and falling off the edge. There is no bag loading service. This means that you cannot watch the prices going through the till because you are too busy trying to keep up, and they will snap nastily at you if you fail. There is always a long queue on each register at my Aldi. If one ever it becomes short, the operator closes that lane to make the other queues longer. You cannot time your visits better, because even during slack periods of the week there will be a long queue on the only register operating. A quick purchase of one item is never possible.
If the queues are all too long I will dump my pile anywhere and walk out: in the hope that the manager will realize that this policy is costing sales and re-stacking time.
Aldi charges a fee for providing a cart, even though some are usually available for free outside in the car park. And, it charges a percentage fee for using your credit card. Traditions from Germany, I guess.

Comment: Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (Score 1) 455

by Occams (#46613455) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees
Yep, that is the phony "discount store" model that undercut and killed the old "department store" model. Now that too is failing because it is being undercut by on-line shopping. I can no longer suspend my disbelief at the hyped-up discount store sales promotions. Pull the other one: it has bells on. Tell it to the Marines: they are thick enough to believe you.
Most "Loss leaders" are items that would not sell when formerly pitched above market price, or they are items that are even cheaper from Asian on-line stores.The sooner that fake discount model is gone the better. I only use Walmart to physically inspect the products that I am considering purchasing on-line. I expect to get things about 30% cheaper, including shipping, providing that I can avoid the big retail on line stores like Amazon. Give me the Chinese copies every time -- more reliable as well as cheaper.
I don't care about the jobs that will be lost when the likes of Walmart are gone. The bulk of the wages that should be going to their workers are being stolen by the obscenely rich Walton family. Something better will replace those jobs when the fake discount stores are killed off. Both Waltons and the Government have to learn that we will not stand for this kind of exploitation any longer.

Comment: Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (Score 1) 455

by Occams (#46613419) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees
Most businesses rely on people using credit cards. If they had to use cash instead, their costs would rise and sales would decrease. Airlines for example, are totally dependent on their customers credit cards because they now have no other method for taking payments. And yet they charge consumers a big fee for using them. It should be the other way around because the cards cost the owner plenty. Pay me for maintaining and using my credit card, or go back to cash, bank transfers, cashier's checks and personal checks.

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