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4th Mar '17 10:24:31 AM riothegod
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* Flim and Flam in the Episode Super Speed Cider Squeezy 3000 of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', they at first try and offer them a deal to sell them their cider press at a 75-25% deal in their favour and at that point, engage in a competition with a winner-takes-all selling right to ponyville' cider supply. When they start losing the competition, they commence cutting costs that leave their cider full of twigs and rocks, forcing them to leave once they win.
18th Feb '17 10:45:34 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* ArchiesWeirdMysteries features a new mall in town that has literally everything the kids could want and even offers mall-exclusive credit cards so they don't have to spend any money there. This naturally starts cutting into all of the local businesses' earnings, forcing them into closure. [[spoiler: As it turns out, this trope is somewhat literal in this case; when the credit cards' limits are reached, the owner of the mall turns the kids into statues so he can use them to settle his DealWithTheDevil. Fortunately Jughead's loyalty to Pops' proves a SpannerInTheWorks and everyone makes it out save for the owner who's forced to face the music on his own.]]
2nd Jan '17 12:44:26 PM Psyclone
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* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/AdamAtHome'' is Clayton forgoing the traditional [[UsefulNotes/LemonadeStands lemonade stand]] in favor of a coffee stand. One Sunday strip has him waiting for customers only for a sinister looking limo to drive by. After asking them "Can I help you?", we SmashCut to a panel of Clayton holding a wad of bills while his stand is bulldozed next to sign advertising an upcoming new Starbucks.

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* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/AdamAtHome'' is Clayton forgoing the traditional [[UsefulNotes/LemonadeStands lemonade stand]] in favor of a coffee stand. One Sunday strip has him waiting for customers only for a sinister looking limo to drive by. After asking them "Can I help you?", we SmashCut to a panel of Clayton holding a wad of bills while his stand is bulldozed next to sign advertising an upcoming make way for a new Starbucks.
2nd Jan '17 12:43:56 PM Psyclone
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* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/AdamAtHome'' is Clayton forgoing the traditional LemonadeStand in favor of a coffee stand. One Sunday strip has him waiting for customers only for a sinister looking limo to drive by. After asking them "Can I help you?", we SmashCut to a panel of Clayton holding a wad of bills while his stand is bulldozed next to sign advertising an upcoming new Starbucks.

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* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/AdamAtHome'' is Clayton forgoing the traditional LemonadeStand [[UsefulNotes/LemonadeStands lemonade stand]] in favor of a coffee stand. One Sunday strip has him waiting for customers only for a sinister looking limo to drive by. After asking them "Can I help you?", we SmashCut to a panel of Clayton holding a wad of bills while his stand is bulldozed next to sign advertising an upcoming new Starbucks.
2nd Jan '17 12:43:09 PM Psyclone
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* A RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/AdamAtHome'' is Clayton forgoing the traditional LemonadeStand in favor of a coffee stand. One Sunday strip has him waiting for customers only for a sinister looking limo to drive by. After asking them "Can I help you?", we SmashCut to a panel of Clayton holding a wad of bills while his stand is bulldozed next to sign advertising an upcoming new Starbucks.



** In an earlier episode, Bart goes to a mall to get his ear pierced, passing several Starbucks stores, and a place with a sign saying "Coming Soon - A Starbucks". On entering the piercing store, he is informed that it is becoming a Starbucks in five minutes. Five minutes later, Bart leaves with a pierced ear and a Starbucks cup.

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** In an earlier episode, Bart goes to a mall to get his ear pierced, passing several Starbucks stores, and a place with a sign saying "Coming Soon - A Starbucks". On entering the piercing store, he is informed that it is becoming a Starbucks in five minutes. Five minutes later, Bart leaves with a pierced ear and a Starbucks cup. cup while ''every'' store behind him has become a Starbucks.
14th Sep '16 7:23:37 PM PaulA
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* Creator/OrsonScottCard's prequel novel ''[[Literature/EndersGame Earth Unaware]]'' portrays Juke Limited in this manner. A big [[AsteroidMiners asteroid mining]] conglomerate that routinely puts down its competitors and free mining families. Lem Jukes, the son of the company's CEO, is tasked with testing the company's latest invention - a gravity laser designed to break down asteroids into component parts for easy mining. He needs a large asteroid to test it on but doesn't want to spend 4 months traveling to a free one (and then 4 months back), so instead chooses to "bump" a free miner ship from a nearby asteroid. When a crewmember raises concerns over the ethical side of things, he does his best to point out how they're not actually doing anything ''bad''. The free miners don't legally own the asteroid. Unfortunately, the "bump" results in [[spoiler:the death of one of the free miners]].

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* Creator/OrsonScottCard's prequel novel ''[[Literature/EndersGame Earth Unaware]]'' ''Literature/EarthUnaware'' portrays Juke Limited in this manner. A big [[AsteroidMiners asteroid mining]] conglomerate that routinely puts down its competitors and free mining families. Lem Jukes, the son of the company's CEO, is tasked with testing the company's latest invention - -- a gravity laser designed to break down asteroids into component parts for easy mining. He needs a large asteroid to test it on but doesn't want to spend 4 four months traveling to a free one (and then 4 four months back), so instead chooses to "bump" a free miner ship from a nearby asteroid. When a crewmember raises concerns over the ethical side of things, he does his best to point out how they're not actually doing anything ''bad''. The free miners don't legally own the asteroid. Unfortunately, the "bump" results in [[spoiler:the death of one of the free miners]].
10th Jun '16 5:12:42 PM Unregistered
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* DOGMA from ''VideoGame/{{Segagaga}}''. An evil, faceless corporation that controls 97% of the video game market at the beginning of the game, having crushed all the competition... Except for ''Creator/Sega'', who launches the "[[TitleDrop Project Segagaga]]" as a last ditch effort to stop DOGMA's threat of total monopoly. [[/folder]]

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* DOGMA from ''VideoGame/{{Segagaga}}''. An evil, faceless corporation that controls 97% of the video game market at the beginning of the game, having crushed all the competition... Except for ''Creator/Sega'', Creator/{{Sega}}, who launches the "[[TitleDrop Project Segagaga]]" as a last ditch effort to stop DOGMA's threat of total monopoly. [[/folder]]
10th Jun '16 5:09:22 PM Unregistered
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* DOGMA from ''VideoGame/Segagaga''. An evil, faceless corporation that controls 97% of the video game market at the beginning of the game, having crushed all the competition... Except for ''Creator/Sega'', who launches the "[[TitleDrop Project Segagaga]]" as a last ditch effort to stop DOGMA's threat of total monopoly. [[/folder]]

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* DOGMA from ''VideoGame/Segagaga''.''VideoGame/{{Segagaga}}''. An evil, faceless corporation that controls 97% of the video game market at the beginning of the game, having crushed all the competition... Except for ''Creator/Sega'', who launches the "[[TitleDrop Project Segagaga]]" as a last ditch effort to stop DOGMA's threat of total monopoly. [[/folder]]
10th Jun '16 5:08:27 PM Unregistered
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* DOGMA from ''VideoGame/Segagaga''. An evil, faceless corporation that controls 97% of the video game market at the beginning of the game, having crushed all the competition... Except for ''Creator/Sega'', who launches the "[[TitleDrop Project Segagaga]]" as a last ditch effort to stop DOGMA's threat of total monopoly. [[/folder]]

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* ''WebComic/{{Wondermark}}'' had a comic that subverted this where the one complaining about this trope pertaining to a bookstore was mostly peeved that the new store's security was not of the "old man in chair napping" model.



[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''WebComic/{{Wondermark}}'' had a comic that subverted this where the one complaining about this trope pertaining to a bookstore was mostly peeved that the new store's security was not of the "old man in chair napping" model.
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10th Jun '16 12:21:14 AM Vir
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* Kelpshake from one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' was this to both Mr. Krabs and Plankton, to the point that the locations divided like cells, and Krabs and Plankton had to enter an EnemyMine stasis to preserve their businesses; unfortunately, the Kelpshakes were not only bad tasting, but (implied to be intentionally) addictive, and were toxic, causing all the locations to be shuttered- and all of the Bikini Bottomites to grow green fur.

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* Kelpshake from one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' was this to both Mr. Krabs and Plankton, to the point that the locations divided like cells, and Krabs and Plankton had to enter an EnemyMine stasis to preserve their businesses; unfortunately, the Kelpshakes were not only bad tasting, bad-tasting, but (implied to be intentionally) addictive, and were toxic, causing all the locations to be shuttered- and all of the Bikini Bottomites to grow green fur.
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