Wal-Mart Helps Kids Spam Parents With Gift Wishes
from the still-figuring-out-this-online-stuff dept
Wal-Mart has run into some online marketing troubles lately, with their fake MySpace ripoff and then the questions about how open they were with a supposedly independent blog. It looks like they continue to keep making bad choices, however. The latest is that parents are pissed off to find Wal-Mart spam pressuring them to buy certain gifts for their kids this holiday season. It appears that Wal-Mart has created a website for kids (with two elves named “Wally” and “Marty”) that shows them various toys and products, and asks the kids whether or not they like the toys. If the kid answers yes, the elves promise to “plead your case” to the kids’ parents, and do that in the form of emails telling them what Wal-Mart says the kids want — even though they weren’t able to make their own wishlist, but just go through a series of products clicking the equivalent of “yes” or “no” to what they might want.