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  •  This is a major problem with middle-America (4+ / 0-)
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    Orinoco, addisnana, Hill Jill, sjterrid

    Back from vet, wait an hour, go back to vet...

    As one poster mentioned, the cost of entry is so high

    Vet called mid-sentence; cat doing much better, detached retinas are back to normal, BP okay, glucose okay, infection clearing up... that opening up a store is difficult.  You need an entrenched clientele before you have a chance to make a profit, which is why those ethnic stores are able to survive and later thrive.  And as an aside, it really makes life so fantastic when you have the choice of literally the entire world's fresh cuisine available to you!  (Maybe I should leave that to the many culinary diaries we get here...)  But it is a problem, and it does cause both lack of opportunity and lack of competition.

    BUT.

    Getting back to my cat- he's under a new blood pressure med.  A course of 30 pills costs $27, but my local pharmacy (due to pressure by Wal-Mart) now has a program where 90 prescriptions are very dramatically reduced.  So I'm getting 90 pills for $14.20.

    Wal-Mart has done spectacularly well for Americans in very dramatically cutting the price of prescription drugs.  Even if you don't shop at Wal-Mart.

    •  I don't like to shop at Wal-Mart, but (6+ / 0-)

      If I (or my cats) needed the prescriptions, I would.  We are lucky now that we have good health insurance so I wouldn't have to get prescriptions there- don't have cat insurance though.  In the not too distant past, I got eye-glasses there, because that was the only place I could afford.

      Its all a mess.

      Glad your cat is  doing much better.

      "Real History is not for Sissies" Barry McCain

      by Hill Jill on Sat Mar 13, 2010 at 09:09:40 AM PST

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      •  I'm not too fond of them, except they are changin (2+ / 0-)
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        swaminathan, FarWestGirl

        (note- due to limitations on subject line-length, the last letter of "changing" was omitted.  This was not intended as an homage to Bob Dylan.)

        For instance, they've created a totally new container for milk.  That container uses less plastic, and can be packed safely and economically much more densely than previous containers.

        As a result, manufacturing the container and shipping it uses about 20% less oil and plastic.  They continue to do more research on this subject, which will of course benefit Wal-Mart but at the same time, it will benefit literally the entire human race.

        That is one of the original goals of free-market capitalism; create a better mousetrap and reap the rewards.  And if others benefit as well, this is an ideal situation.  It doesn't often work this way, but when it does we should applaud it and encourage it.

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