I read a letter to the editor this morning stating that Wal-Mart has "basically anything you could ever imagine and need." Sigh.
The writer was encouraging his readers to buy from locally-owned businesses, a position I fully support. Still, I'm bothered by the assumption that Wal-Mart is the answer to all our material needs, that Wal-Mart somehow contains within it everything we might ever want. Isn't that exactly what Wal-Mart wants its customers to believe?
Here are five items I can't buy at Wal-Mart:
bottled ink (I write with a fountain pen)These items are a random listing of what immediately comes to mind. If I were to begin thinking about matters of culture--art, books, movies, music--there'd be no end to a list of items that I can't buy at Wal-Mart. Since I choose not to shop at Wal-Mart (save for increasingly rare, extenuating-circumstance scenarios), it's all moot. I wouldn't want to buy these things at Wal-Mart anyway. Doing so would only undercut the efforts of the businesses that are already making them available to me.
flat (Italian) parsley
loose Twinings tea
Patak vindaloo curry paste
What can't you buy at Wal-Mart?