GLUED INTO THEIR POT. The pot is a very shallow dish filled with gravel which has been glued. There is no way to get these guys out without just smashing the whole thing on the cement they are sitting on, then trying to remove what's left of the plants to see if they will recover. Apparently this is the new way big box stores are selling cacti sets. They ship well, the plants survive a month or so, then the buyer or giftee just chucks the whole thing in the trash. Rinse and repeat.
I have seen this "disposable plant" mindset appearing with cacti, succulents, and orchids. It used to be done only with annuals, and perennials were given more respect. You can have a cute little plant on your desk or window, then chuck it when the hot new thing appears at the store. As Droopy says, "You know what?? That makes me mad...."
I'll probably rant more on this later, after I think through more of the philosophical/cultural ramifications. Yesterday I was just shocked and had to put this photo up ASAP. Have any of you seen these in your stores? What do you think?