Walmart has once again found itself in a pickle over third-party vendors.
When an “Impeach 45” shirt was found listed on Walmart’s online marketplace, Trump supporters immediately lashed out at the company, suggesting a boycott. Walmart has now announced that the company immediately removed the merchandise from its online marketplace.
Immediate Pushback and Denial
It did not take long for Trump supporters to have their president’s back on this one.
Almost immediately after the “Impeach 45” shirts were posted, social media started to blow up.
Walmart, of course, placed the blame elsewhere.
“These items were sold by third party sellers on our open marketplace, and were not offered directly by Walmart,” the company stated.
Walmart further noted: “We’re removing these types of items pending review of our marketplace policies.”
Not the First Time
One would think a major retailer like Walmart would learn from its mistakes.
That is not the way this company works, though.
Only a few months ago, the retailer found itself in hot water for a similar incident.
One of its third-party sellers posted a shirt with the slogan: “Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.”
A journalist advocacy group brought the t-shirts to Walmart’s attention.
Walmart released a similar statement at the time, but it apparently did not change its rules for these third-party vendors.
After conservatives got the #BoycottWalmart hashtag to trend, liberals had to get their two cents in.
While blasting conservatives over the boycott, liberals also took shots at Walmart for “union busting” and “slave labor practices.”
Needless to say, it is not a good day for the retail giant.