Americans unload prized belongings to...

Americans unload prized belongings to make ends meet

There are 32 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 29, 2008, titled Americans unload prized belongings to make ends meet. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The for-sale listings on the online hub Craigslist come with plaintive notices, like the one from the teenager in Georgia who said her mother lost her job and pleaded, "Please buy anything you can to help out." ...

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“I pity the fool !!”

Since: Jan 08

Hustle, VA

#4 Apr 30, 2008
"Meanwhile, soaring gas and food prices haven't kept pace with meager wage growth."

Yet corporations, their boards and CEO's reap huge profits and bonuses.
Gigi

Cicero, IL

#5 Apr 30, 2008
Anecdotal stories like this to further scare the public about the economy are getting tiresome. Never do you see a story focusing on the facts that 95 percent of the people who want to work do indeed have jobs; that 99.5 percent of home mortgages in this country are NOT in foreclosure and the owners are making their payments on time; that the home sales market always has been cyclical because developers tend to overbuild during times of shortages; that the stock market continues to run at the high rate of 12,800, unheard of just 10 years ago; and that the technology industry is running so well and so hard it cannot keep up with product demand. Oh, and did you notice that in spite of all the predictions, there still is NOT a recession?
Trader

Joliet, IL

#6 May 5, 2008
Those poor people who have to sell their $1000 handbags!!! Gimme a freakin' break. And there are lots of places hiring. Maybe not paying $100k a year, but if you really want a job, you can find work at any number of places that are looking for responsible workers. Check Starbucks, McDonald's, etc, etc.

“Don't protect me from me!”

Since: Jul 07

Reston, VA

#7 May 5, 2008
It's nice to see a story about people doing what they should be doing in times of financial hardship. Simply put, they are distinguishing between "Wants" and "Needs" and getting rid of the "Wants" in order to fill the "Needs".

For "Think 1st", people that want a higher wage can get it by developing a skill that is in higher demand thatn their current skill.

Why an RN can't find work is mind boggling. There is a nationawide shortage of nurses. It makes you wonder what the rest of her story is.
ann

Rosedale, MD

#9 May 5, 2008
Yup, these goes on much longer we'll all be living in weenie mansions, lounging on antiques and dining on fine china. Carpet baggers. History repeats itself..
Jeff H

Hamden, CT

#10 May 5, 2008
Think 1st wrote:
"Meanwhile, soaring gas and food prices haven't kept pace with meager wage growth."
Yet corporations, their boards and CEO's reap huge profits and bonuses.
And they earn and deserve it. Such is life. Make yourself better, or become the underclass. Deal with it.

“I pity the fool !!”

Since: Jan 08

Hustle, VA

#12 May 5, 2008
Jeff H wrote:
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And they earn and deserve it. Such is life. Make yourself better, or become the underclass. Deal with it.
Really, driving a company to near bankruptcy, removed for gross incompetency or "outsourcing" thousands of jobs so the company can make 250 million instead of 200 million and they all get multi-million dollars severances. No, their not worth it.

“I pity the fool !!”

Since: Jan 08

Hustle, VA

#13 May 5, 2008
Oops "they're" not "their"

“I pity the fool !!”

Since: Jan 08

Hustle, VA

#14 May 5, 2008
NoFreeRides wrote:
It's nice to see a story about people doing what they should be doing in times of financial hardship. Simply put, they are distinguishing between "Wants" and "Needs" and getting rid of the "Wants" in order to fill the "Needs".
For "Think 1st", people that want a higher wage can get it by developing a skill that is in higher demand thatn their current skill.
Why an RN can't find work is mind boggling. There is a nationawide shortage of nurses. It makes you wonder what the rest of her story is.
Even engineers (pretty high skilled job) find themselves the victims of "outsourcing" as its cheaper to hire an engineer in other countries.

You all are right about the nurse looking for a job. She shouldn't be having any difficulties- job wise.

“low tolerance for stupid”

Since: Apr 08

Hampton VA

#15 May 5, 2008
Jeff H wrote:
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Because she's probably trash, being used as an example to fit a socialist agenda. Anyone who wants a job can have one in this economy. It's nowhere near as bad as the media presents it to be.
Yes, anyone who wants a job can get one hell I have two. Both are skilled trades and I make decent money But I am not in as good a shape as I was 5 years ago when fuel cost less and the dollar was worth more. Like it or not the economy may not be as bad as the media presents it, but it is headed that way.
Daniel Shays

Newington, CT

#16 May 5, 2008
Think 1st wrote:
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Really, driving a company to near bankruptcy, removed for gross incompetency or "outsourcing" thousands of jobs so the company can make 250 million instead of 200 million and they all get multi-million dollars severances. No, their not worth it.
First, the overwhelming number of CEO's aren't removed for incompetence. Second, most CEO's don't drive their companies into or near bankruptcy. Third, CEO's are supposed to make as much money as they can for their companies-that's what makes them good CEO's.

“Don't protect me from me!”

Since: Jul 07

Reston, VA

#17 May 5, 2008
Think 1st wrote:
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Really, driving a company to near bankruptcy, removed for gross incompetency or "outsourcing" thousands of jobs so the company can make 250 million instead of 200 million and they all get multi-million dollars severances. No, their not worth it.
And you have a choice as to whether you want to invest in them or patronize their business. So what's the problem? They only cost you money if you allow it.

“Don't protect me from me!”

Since: Jul 07

Reston, VA

#18 May 5, 2008
Think 1st wrote:
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Even engineers (pretty high skilled job) find themselves the victims of "outsourcing" as its cheaper to hire an engineer in other countries.
You all are right about the nurse looking for a job. She shouldn't be having any difficulties- job wise.
The engineers I know are doing fine. As I said, if the skill is notin great demand the way to increase your wage is to acquire skills that are in demand.
Commander McBragg

Newport News, VA

#20 May 5, 2008
I had to delay an oil change on the Rolls so Bertram, my chauffeur, had to drive me in the Bentley. Fortunately my oil stocks have gone into the stratosphere so I no longer have to deal woth the hoi polloi and the common riff-raff.

“Don't protect me from me!”

Since: Jul 07

Reston, VA

#21 May 5, 2008
Commander McBragg wrote:
I had to delay an oil change on the Rolls so Bertram, my chauffeur, had to drive me in the Bentley. Fortunately my oil stocks have gone into the stratosphere so I no longer have to deal woth the hoi polloi and the common riff-raff.
Outstanding!
same ol song

Baltimore, MD

#22 May 5, 2008
NoFreeRides wrote:
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The engineers I know are doing fine. As I said, if the skill is notin great demand the way to increase your wage is to acquire skills that are in demand.
Ahh, judging by your posts, you must mean the skills of unbridled greed and questionable ethics.

"And you have a choice as to whether you want to invest in them or patronize their business. So what's the problem? They only cost you money if you allow it. "

Funny, I didn't buy property with a sub-prime mortgage or stock in any related corporation, but it's costing me (and all of us) a bundle.
Jeff H

Hamden, CT

#23 May 5, 2008
Think 1st wrote:
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Even engineers (pretty high skilled job) find themselves the victims of "outsourcing" as its cheaper to hire an engineer in other countries.
You all are right about the nurse looking for a job. She shouldn't be having any difficulties- job wise.
I am a civil engineer, and have ZERO worries about my job getting shipped ovverseas.

BTW, outsourcing is the work of greedy labor types, like unions and high minimum wages, not as much from greedy management types. See, liberal politicians and union leaders are poor economists, while business management types specialize in it.
Jeff H

Hamden, CT

#24 May 5, 2008
same ol song wrote:
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Ahh, judging by your posts, you must mean the skills of unbridled greed and questionable ethics.
"And you have a choice as to whether you want to invest in them or patronize their business. So what's the problem? They only cost you money if you allow it. "
Funny, I didn't buy property with a sub-prime mortgage or stock in any related corporation, but it's costing me (and all of us) a bundle.
How? How much?
Walther

Virginia Beach, VA

#25 May 5, 2008
Jeff, you should worry about your job being outsourced. There is a very aggressive project in my company to outsource all of our engineering work to India. These are positions that I would have considered safe not too long ago.
same ol song

Baltimore, MD

#26 May 5, 2008
Jeff H wrote:
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How? How much?
You must be very fortunate indeed, if you haven't been affected. I guess you haven't read about the global ramifications either, so it would be pointless to debate economics. The effects will carry well into future generations.

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