Don’t forget though, prices aside, there are many people who wouldn’t be caught dead in a Wal-Mart. There is a definite class issue involved.
Wal-Mart has been a devastating force in both small town and rural America. I have seen the ruins left in its wake. Not pretty.
I’m betting on Bezos in this match up. He has called the right shots since 1997, within 12 months of when the Internet went public, when people weren’t sure what “service economy” meant. There was no word for e-commerce. Twenty years from bookseller to behemoth. That’s impressive.
I dislike any organization that is based on Engulf and Devour. Clearly both of these are. But local choices are dwindling. Sometimes size does matter. :)