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Old 08-23-2008, 06:44 PM   #15
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The Original Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble's beginnings can be traced to 1873, when Charles M. Barnes started a book business from his home in Wheaton, Illinois. In 1917, his son, William, went to New York to join G. Clifford Noble in establishing Barnes & Noble. During the height of the Great Depression, what later became the Barnes & Noble flagship store was opened on Fifth Avenue at 18th Street in New York City, where it still resides today. This store developed a worldwide reputation for excellence by serving millions of customers with its comprehensive selection of general trade books, academic titles and textbooks, and medical books. There are hundreds of examples of the same.

Seems most places can be traced back to small roots.
Yea that's a nice history lesson but it doesn't mean that by their shear size and predatory tactics that they haven't put thousands of small bookstores out of business. Eddie Bauer started as a true outfitter but look at them now ,junk clothes made in China and any other low wage country they can find to make their clothes and sell to the masses looking for the latest middle class style at the lowest price..
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Until the public is prepared to pay the higher cost of domestic manufacture, they don't really have much choice do they?
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the masses looking for the latest middle class style at the lowest price..
And thus our manufacturing jobs have been "off-shored".
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Until the public is prepared to pay the higher cost of domestic manufacture, they don't really have much choice do they?

The American consumer has a choice and they've chosen $12.00 hair dryers and cheap plastic storage containers made by underpaid workers in third world and emerging countries. Cradle to grave minimum wage in stores like Walmart and Target.Pay the extra few dollars support your local economy and a living wage. We're running such an incredible deficit because of the choice American consumer have made for cheap foreign products.
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But this is exactly why Airstreams are not the number 1 selling travel trailer in America. Quality and durability cost and we are a throw-away society. In Europe the average consumer pays about 2.5 times what we Americans pay for a bed. Theirs last a life time and we are lucky if ours last 10 years. Before Ford bought Range Rover, there wasn't a significant body style change in over 15 years because the Brits don't buy new cars every 4-5 years. Now they change body styles as frequently and dramatically as the American brands.
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The American consumer has a choice and they've chosen $12.00 hair dryers and cheap plastic storage containers made by underpaid workers in third world and emerging countries. Cradle to grave minimum wage in stores like Walmart and Target.Pay the extra few dollars support your local economy and a living wage. We're running such an incredible deficit because of the choice American consumer have made for cheap foreign products.
This was my point. Don't blame the retailer, he is only giving the public what they want. Cheap consumer goods. Convince the consumer to buy domestic made goods and you'll have won the battle.
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