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The Strange Infinities of e-Commerce

When it costs as much to retail 200,000 things as one thing, the world gets a little odd.
Source: Alexis Madrigal

When the tube from Walmart.com arrived at my door, I rushed inside, popped off the lid, and unfurled my inspirational poster. On it, a quote from the science-fiction author and journalist Annalee Newitz hovered in a curly font over a photograph of a pier reaching into a tropical ocean.

“When I was a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, I became obsessed with end user license agreements.”

I am a huge fan of Newitz, but you wouldn’t say she’s famous-famous, and I’m not sure this is a notable-enough statement by anyone to hang on a wall. So why was it for sale on Walmart.com?

The poster is not; Amazon, which has for sellers, says it has 1 million in the United States, although only .  

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