Google is the Walmart of the internet
Posted by Lyn May
So Google is releasing games for it’s social network Google+, eh? In competition with Facebook’s gaming engine? Let me explain why Google is becoming the Walmart of the internet.
I remember years ago living in a small town. We had but one Kroger, one K-Mart, one McDonalds, etc. If you wanted to do some crazy shopping, like to a real clothing store, you had to travel an hour away. So needless to say, we stayed in our little town. And everything was wonderful. And then the behemoth that is Walmart moved in.
Walmart purchased a small amount of land just on the outskirts of our little town. It was “a test” center we later found out. Everything was temporary. Hell, they never even tiled the floors. But, just like all modern Walmart stores, it had everything you could ever dream of. Want DIFFERENT clothing, they had it. Want electronics, they had that too. How about groceries? Yep… they even had hunting gear. Everyone was excited.
Well, not everyone was excited. Local businesses were the first to shout foul. They had been enjoying the innocence of our little community and were doing quite well making a living from their privately owned shops. And every week that passed, more and more boards were being nailed to doors and windows of these little shops all over town. People were moving; taking their business to other, Walmart-less, locations. Others just closed up shop altogether and went to work for Walmart. Walmart, in essence, killed out little town.
Enter Google. Google has more money than it knows what to do with. It’s an excellent business model that is simply snowballing with no end in sight of slowing down. Should we worry, as comsumers, that out town (internet) is going to die? It’s not that far fetched.
Walmart, just like Google, survives because they’ve figured out that spreading yourself out is the most secure method of obtaining wealth. See, the local shops usually only specialized in one thing. A watch shop probably only dealt in watches. A clothing shop, clothes. Electronics shops, in electronics. You get the idea. Walmart, on the other hand, has all these services under one roof. And not one of these shops can compete on price, and definitely not on convenience, due to Walmart’s pricing capabilities.
Is all this Walmart and Google’s faults? In short, no. But I will tell you that we as consumers should worry about the quality of not only our products but the state of free enterprise. Companies can not compete with these giants. Luckily, Walmart has received the stigma of being a sleazy, ghetto and white trash infested place to shop. So naturally, if you aren’t enticed by that type of environment, you don’t shop there. And the same applies to Google. Google gives you everything you could ever want. It’s products are not the greatest, but it’s free. Well, not free, you pay for their services by way of selling your privacy to them. So I guess FREE is the wrong word.
I can’t lie, though. I have a Gmail account. And the other day I was looking for iron-on lettering for a home made T-shirt. I couldn’t find it at the other stores. But guess who DID have them… Walmart. And, when I need a good laugh, or to feel better about myself and my situation, I go into Walmart and just sit by the door and watch all the people that walk, roll, and sometimes waddle, through the doors. It’s it sad, yes. I’ll admit it. But it’s fun nevertheless.
So, the next time you go online and “google” something. Know that you’re feeding the job-destroying engine that is Google. Why not give the other search engines a try? You never know, they might have something extra for you. And when you need that tie-died t-shirt that says “I’m with stupid” written across the front, think about all the little Vietnamese children who slaved for that small piece of fabric.
Are you willing to take a stand for what’s right and be a part of the drive to keep free enterprise alive and thriving? Take a stand today against mega-corporations and figure out what you can do, as a consumer, to ensure the integrity of capitalism. Afterall, how many billions of dollars do these companies need before they are satisfied? Answer: there is no limit to their greed. And the bigger they get, the harder it will be to knock them off their perch.