Free Facebook Gift: Walmart Ghost Cookie

Today’s free gift that social network site Facebook users can electronically give to each other appears to be a frosting-coated ghost cookie in a plastic bag. Oh, and the cookie says Walmart on it. Spooky. Now is time for a fun Halloween game. Make this simple marketing ploy into a metaphor, and then read a lot into it.

The Ghost of Wal-mart: Haunting towns and Facebook profiles near you. [Wal*Mart Watch]

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  1. IRSistherootofallevil says:

    Is it going to give me lead poisoning and then is Walmart going to deny that it ever came from walmart when I sue them?

    Go to hell walmart.

  2. PinkBox says:

    Why would anyone want to “gift” a fellow facebook user with a walmart cookie? (except as a joke :P)

  3. Nighthawk Foo says:

    Nah, it’s just full of hydrogenated oils.

  4. Steel_Pelican says:

    [Insert Totenkopf Reference here]

    [Insert outrage]

    [Insert “what’s the big deal” sentiments]

  5. elmyc says:

    Hahahaha, I sent one before I saw it here, I did not mind the walmart logo I just sent it to my boyfriend saying boo, I rather send this free gift instead of sending the $1 ones

  6. Binaryslyder says:

    This is how most walmart workers feel. Stuck inside a plastic bag with a giant “WALMART” branded on them for life. Even death.

    Look at the poor soul as they reach out for help.

  7. thewriteguy says:

    Facebook is becoming a corporate branded mess, just like MySpace.

  8. Anonymous says:

    hey wal-mart cookies are all i can afford. lol. but i had one and they are pretty good!

  9. Trai_Dep says:

    It’s the ghost of out-of-work Americans and murdered US pets.

    Nice of the Evil Empire to commemorate them, come to think of it.

  10. louisb3 says:

    If this is a free gift, as the OP and commenters have indicated, then it’s the work of a third party application developer, not Facebook itself.

    App developers on Facebook produce an incredible amount of tacky crap, as any Facebook user can attest.

  11. takotchi says:

    There was a free Skittles gift on Facebook and nobody complained about that. At least… not that I know of.

  12. drjayphd says:

    @thewriteguy: Thankfully, the layouts don’t kill your computer and eat your babies. Just the 8000 apps that people add.

    @louisb3: The tackiest of crap tends to come from the “free gift” app, too.

  13. aro says:

    @louisb3: no it is a regular FB gift that are usually $1, it is just free…not one of the tacky applications

  14. mopar_man says:

    I sent one (cause that’s all the allow you to send) to a friend with a message that said “I HATE WAL-MART!!!”

  15. mopar_man says:

    @takotchi:

    That’s because Skittles are enjoyable. Wal-Mart is not.

  16. louisb3 says:

    @aro: Oh. My mistake. Well, that sucks. At least this gives us the option of sending it with a sarcastic message (“The Walmart poltergeist is coming to destroy your local community!”).

  17. ancientsociety says:

    Ghost “cookie” w/ Walmart logo on it….hmmmm

    Social commentary, Accidental Irony, or leftovers from the last Walmart corporate meeting?

  18. atalantapendragonne says:

    LiveJournal did the same thing with Pepsi Max virtual gifts. A lot of people were annoyed, because paid users arent supposed to see advertising, and now anyone could stick a tiny Pepsi ad on anyone else’s userinfo whenever they pleased.

  19. Lin-Z [linguist on duty] says:

    facebook is making me want to use it less and less.

  20. Hobo-NC says:

    This is perfect. Fear of Walmart on this site is as rational as a fear of ghosts.

  21. ltlbbynthn says:

    @atalantapendragonne: well, Pepsi Max is awesome ;-P jk

  22. faust1200 says:

    A WalMart ghost is a fallacy because a ghost would imply there was a soul.

  23. IRSistherootofallevil says:

    No, we don’t fear walmart. We DESPISE walmart.

  24. IRSistherootofallevil says:

    And for good reason.

  25. Scooter says:

    Who ya gunna call?

  26. rmz says:

    @trai_dep: I’m sorry, “The Evil Empire” is a registered trademark of the AT&T corporation.

  27. drjayphd says:

    @atalantapendragonne: Wait… people actually bought those Pepsi Max ads? I fear for humanity.

  28. miborovsky says:

    I sent one to a friend.

  29. a says:

    I ate one bite of this Wal*Mart ghost cookie, and my mouth blistered from a chemical burn. I kept eating it, though. For a whole year.

  30. Blackcloud75 says:

    Wal-Mart is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful company I’ve ever know in my whole life.

  31. femmesavante says:

    I saw this today and just wanted to hurl! It almost ruined Halloween!!

  32. Anonymous says:

    I’m pretty proud that I have no idea what’s going on here.