NEWS: Questionable Walmart Practice: Cigarettes Merchandised Next to Formula

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Registered: 10-01-2010
NEWS: Questionable Walmart Practice: Cigarettes Merchandised Next to Formula
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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 4:23pm

walmart advertising.pngWALMART DISPLAYS MARLBORO CIGARETTES NEXT TO ENFAMIL BABY FORMULA:

Juxtapositions can be hilarious, ridiculous or just plain stupid. 

This one hits all three.

[The picture on the left was] taken at a local in Western New York

And look at the exorbitant prices on both of these products!  Nearly a $100 for a carton of cigarettes! 

Wow, AND it debilitates you for life!  What a deal.

Is Walmart saying that smoking is just as ill advised as using baby formula, so here buy both? 

Or are they merchandising this way because those who purchase cigarettes frequently purchase formula also?

Formula display at Harvest Foods

I wrote a post on my pawannabe blog about a similar merchandising strategy at Harvest Foods grocery store in Marksville, LA.

They display their baby formula on the counter directly in front of the liquor.

This comes under the "Just Sayin'" heading for me.

The definite hmmmmm, sidelong glance, "what are we telling the shopping public here?"

Read more: http://buffchicliving.blogspot.ca/2012/07/questionable-walmart-practice.html

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

Is Walmart saying that smoking is just as ill advised as using baby formula, so here buy both?

I wish they were. However, the grocery store that I frequent has been putting the infant formula next to the cigarettes at least since my kids were little. In its case, it is that both cigarettes and formula are kept behind lock and key.


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008

Interesting.  Laws in Australia for selling cigarettes have been tightened so much in recent years. They were gradually made so that the cigarettes were kept behind the counter and you had to ask for them. Then it was made so that no more than 1 square metre frontage of shelving could be seen displaying cigarettes, so what shops installed then were cupboards of that sixe with opaque doors, and often kept their best selling brands in one side which was left open. Now, they have to be completely hidden unless someone is buying a packet at the time.

The next thing which the cigarette companies are fighting tooth and nail is the law, set to take effect soon, where the cigarettes will all have to be in drab packaging, the brand has to be in a generic font so no pretty trademakrs, large decorative appealing advertising, and the packages will also continue to display very ugly graphic health messages of the effects of cigarettes.

Teresa

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
It would be more interesting if formula had to have even just some graphic health warnings.
Teresa