Is it really worth $2?
Lets do some calculation, shall we:
US Federal minimum wage: $6.55/hr (it goes up to $7.25 in 2009).
Current price of gasoline: $1.78/gal (I filled up today, it is much cheaper than in September!).
Mileage for my big gas hungry SUV 16 Mi/gal (It has a nice built in calculator!)
Distance to my local WalMart: 7.1 miles (Yahoo Yellow pages!)
Distance to my nice friendly Apple Store 3.4 miles (Yahoo yellow pages again!)
Additional miles to WalMart: 3.7 miles (.23125 Gal, $.42 [rounded!])
Now let's get there at a reasonable speed: 30mph, takes 6.8 minutes, another $.74 at minimum wage.
Now we're left with $.84, or in minimum wage terms, or about 7.7 minutes to argue with the minimum wage clerk (I'm being kind here!) at the WalMart desk.
That is to JUST BREAK EVEN.
Even more arguing with the clerk about finding the thing.
Time to park (maybe a wash, I don't know).
Attempting to get past all the customers who don't know what they want (what is a gigabyte?).
The pain and aggravation of having to go to WalMart in the first place.
The fact that my time is worth more than minimum wage (most of the time, I am unemployed right now, but the $900 in unemployment every two weeks is something!)
And last but not least: I just don't like WalMart. They (mostly) sell cheap junk!