Wal-Mart makes video downloading awful; even Microsoft wouldn’t dare do this in public

“How bad can Wal-Mart make its web site? …Not only is it DRM infected but it is so badly broken in Firefox I can’t see enough of it to figure out what is broken,” Charlie Demerjian reports for The Inquirer.

“This is an embarrassment of awfulness, any teacher would flunk a first time HTML student for turning in a basic assignment that looked like this, much less a real web site,” Demerjian writes.

Demerjian writes, “You have to question if it tested this at all. There is a ‘beta’ tag that you can see near the top, but even Microsoft wouldn’t dare do this in public.”

Full article, with screenshot of Wal-Mart’s jumbled mess of a site in Firefox, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]
Come now, Mr. Demerjian, deeming any company’s software testing as worse than Microsoft’s is hitting way below the belt. wink

And Wal-Mart’s brick and mortar stores do have some merit at least: they’re excellent places to catch free freak shows at any time of the day or night.

Related article:
Wal-Mart excludes Mac and iPod users with new low-res TV show, movie download store – February 06, 2007


  1. There will be a lot of “big box” Walmart bashing in this forum, but the topic is how badly programmed their web page is.

    Tom Cruise (the new way of saying J.C.’s name in vain) that is embarrassing.

    Plus, their video encoding sucks too.

  2. Lol – even the ‘Unsupported Browser or Operating System’ box that appears in Safari when to try to buy something is off the screen and not big enough to contain the message it’s supposed to display!

    Oh dear, oh dear.

  3. “but even Microsoft wouldn’t dare do this in public”

    OUCH! That’s gonna leave a mark.

    That could be the very best coding possible coming out of Bentonville. They probably interviewed twenty web designers and hired the lowest bidder – enough change for breakfast at Waffle House after the interview. Plus a tip.

    MW: fact

  4. So, an old movie, such as Ice Age, costs $15 but I can go into Target and get the DVD for less than that. I thought Wal-Mart was supposed to be the king of retail but it appears that they don’t even understand basic consumer economics. I have no problem with Wal-Mart but downloads should cost less, not more, than the physical DVD copy.

  5. MDN, a lot of people — including my sister with 4 kids — shop at Wal-Mart because there prices are so low and they need to in order to make end’s meet. Consider them “freaks” huh?

    Well, I have one message for you, MDN:


    I’ll get my Mac news elsewhere.

  6. “Wow. I shop at Wal-Mart. Am I a freak, too?”

    Absolutely, Chris. But it has nothing to do with your shopping habits.
    Explain the late Saturday nights with live chickens and a trunkful of candles and canola oil. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”red face” style=”border:0;” /> Wait, don’t! (j/k)

    – Mindless Mac Bigot and Proud of It

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