Walmart’s not just good for cheap guns and sweatshop-made T-shirts anymore. Now the retail giant is stretching into new territory by offering the Rosineer, a “Pneumatic Rosin Heat Press Dab Machine” that looks like a cross between a penny slot machine and a microscope.
The monolithic retailer has dabbled in cannabis ephemera before, selling weed-adjacent products like High Times magazine, weed leaf-patterned clothes, and edible cookbooks. But this is the first time (that we know of) when Walmart has sold products explicitly meant to manufacture cannabis products.
That makes an explicitly marketed “Dab Machine” somewhat historic for the biggest of big-box chains, and for gigantic retailers in general. Bob Lee, a spokesperson for the Rosineer, told Leafly that Walmart started carrying the product in order to keep up with a competing retailer. “Walmart wants to compete with Amazon in any way, so they started to carry the rosin press late last year,” he said.
Maybe that explains the potentially controversial move on Walmart’s part. But it doesn’t quite explain the exorbitant price, especially when there’s no guarantee of quality. In a story from Leafly posted just two days ago, they show a screenshot of the product listing which puts its price at $299. Since then, that product has been pulled from Walmart and a slightly different model has been introduced at a price of $449 ($150 less than list price, it says).
Spending big on the product would be a gamble, especially since, as of the publishing time of this article, not a single person has reviewed the product on its Walmart page. As of now, on Amazon the Rosineer RNR-MV1 (the $299 one) has a rating of 3.5 stars. The RNR-PV1 ($449) has a rating of 3.8.
Also, if you are going to shell out nearly $500, you’d hope that the makers of the product put a lot more attention to detail into it than they did into its marketing. The product description is rife with typos and, frankly, doesn’t seem to be written by someone with a firm grasp of the English language. Among its advertised features are “Two temp controllers and timer set by buttons” and “Pneumatic system and electric circuits systems work apart.”
The product’s promotional video, meanwhile, features production values on par with a seventh grade class project. So we’re hoping an expensive heavy hydraulic press which heats up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit was made with a little more care.
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