What are they trying to say?
A Louisiana Walmart is charging less for a Ballerina Theresa doll than a Ballerina Barbie doll.
After the picture started popping up on the internet the retail giant was forced to explain the price difference, saying it's "to prepare for Spring inventory, a number of items are marked for clearance."
In an effort to cover their assets, Walmart spokeswoman Melissa O'Brien says:
"Both are great dolls. The red price sticker indicates that this particular doll was on clearance when the photo was taken, and though both dolls were priced the same to start, one was marked down due to its lower sales to hopefully increase purchase from customers."
But critics are still outraged with the so called "sale tactic" pricing.
Executive Director Thelma Dye of the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem says: "The implication of the lowering of the price is that's devaluing the black doll. While it's clear that's not what was intended, sometimes these things have collateral damage
And others agree. Lisa Wade, a sociology professor said they could have left the pricing the same to not "reproduce whatever ugly inequalities are out there".
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