Check EVs off ‘What You Can’t Buy at Wal-Mart’ List

That shrinking list of products that you can’t buy at Costco and Wal-Mart in the US just might get one big item smaller in the years to come. Along with cases of Q-tips and pallets of peanut butter, you will soon be able to put an electric vehicle in your cart. Watch out, black market for human kidneys—you’re next.

In fact, Mexico-based importer GS Motors sold something like 4,000 Chinese-produced cars last year in Mexico via Wal-Mart and Costco, and when—not if, when—Chinese car makers like BYD and FAW build assembly plants in Mexico, it’s only a matter of time before they find a way to make ad-hoc US dealerships out of these ginormous discount retailers.

Were it not for stories like this one from Frontline, which poses the question Is Wal-Mart Good for America? and in which the answer is a definite NO, I might be more supportive of the level of competition involved.

Instead, this looks like another back-handed screw job, one instituted, in its essense, by all-American Wal-Mart and its unfathomable ability to function in open violation of US anti-trust laws such as the Sherman act, for starters.

I am no conspiracy theorist. Furthermore, I think American automakers need their asses kicked in a variety of ways, but they also deserve the opportunity to fight back on equal footing. They will not be on equal footing if they have to fight Wal-Mart. This behemoth fights according to its own rules.

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