I've always found local shops to have a better understanding of their products. Perhaps this is because I tend to go to local specialty stores. I might have a wider array of Options in Chciago as well.Megastore have advantages over the Mom & Pop. In purchasing for example, the Mega's have not only buying power but individuals trained for specific products.
Yeah, for families with kids you have a point. No kids yet, so my argumetn is flawed in that regard.Well, that is part of the equation, but I've had no problem with products bought there, often what I'd buy elsewhere for less. With families with kids I can understand it especially. they have kids to cloth and feed and the kids are growing. Clothes in, clothes out.
Yeah, I gotta agree that we're a bit spoiled service-wise. In the rural areas of Ireland, I've always gotten phenomenal service. The only place I ever had terrible service in Ireland was in Dublin. But like most people used to the West coast of Ireland, I don't like Dublin. But it was pretty terrible.Perhaps I've been spending too much time in Europe. Their customer service is non-existent, so when I head back home I'm always appreciative and notice a world of difference.
Generally, in rural areas both abroad and in the US, I've gotten better, more friendly service than I do in city megastores. I'm sure that being in a large city has definitely influenced my distaste for the megastores.
I've got a vulgarity streak a mile wide. Sorry.Tucker... man... I've never seen you like this.
I agree that it shouldn't be put on the business. Business may exploit this mentality, but that's not wrong of them to do so. The only duty businesses have is to turn a profit.I agree. I wouldn't put it on the businesses though.
It's pure personal responsibility. Which is what I was getting at with my initial post. Unlike most people who bitch about corporations, I place blame on individuals not the coproations themselves. They are doing what they are designed to do.
I don't patronize them because it is not in my best interest to patronize them, even though I'm very likely to save a few bucks if I did so.
True, but the banks jumped on board without much of a fight.And government feeding it by forcing banks to make loans to people that shouldn't have been given loans.
I think a few of those names exploit the immediate gratification mentality in America, to be honest. Reagan'ss "Are you better off than you were four years ago" line is a prime example of this exploitation. some of Carter's actions were beneficial to the US economy (which is part of the reason why Reagan stuck with Volker as the Fed Chairman after taking office). Volker raised interest rates because he realized that immdediate gratification is not the best long-term approach.Spineless Republicans having not the sack to fight the media aligned largely against them. That's why Reagan was great. That's why the NJ Gov. seems great. Jan Brewer. Palin. Bachmann.
Both McCain and Obama were exploiters of the Immediate gratification mentality. But not because they didn't go after each other where it hurt. It was all the pandering that they did/do.McCain had an easy target with Obama, but failed to hit him hard where he should have been hit hard.
He let the cult grow.
I didn't mean that the corpoations are guilty of having an immediate gratification mentality. I was talking about the consumers who are in no small part forcing them to outsource becuase they can't think past their $200 off on a big screen TV.No. To compete. It is difficult to compete with cheap labor when your government has piled on burdens.
When unions have piled on burdens.
The immediate gratification came from socking it to businesses by both government and unions. They failed to look beyond their own greedy noses.
Now they cut it off.
And my main problem is what the consumers want. Well to be more accurate, it's the conflicting nature of what they want. They want good jobs that pay well for unskilled labor, and they also want insanely cheap goods. But in most cases, these two things are mutually exclusive.Can't answer that one for ya, but Wal Mart emerged from Bentonville, AR servicing towns of 5,000 or less. They did it by providing for their customers what they wanted, by pressing the distributors, by staying lean and cutting fat.
: I didn't explain that well. It took 10 years and countless arguments to ge tto the point that she doesn't buy crap we don't need and tell me that she saved money because it was on sale.I see it still pisses you off
You know, you could make millions revealing the secret of how you accomplished it!
It's as my girlfriend's pop said when his wife went into the store... ein tag ohne einkaufen ist ein verlorener tag... a day without shopping is a wasted day.
Now, she buys crap we don't need and admits she didn't save any money in the process.