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Pete

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#68306
Feb 20, 2013
 
Overtaxed wrote:
<quoted text> I hope people are wising up "Unreal". Wal-Mart is a huge importer of cheap Chinese junk, and nothing has destroyed more American manufacturing jobs than Chinese imports...Combine that with the destruction of the independant retailers that were located anywhere Wal-Mart built a store, and the fact that many of their workers are paid so little that they still qualify for government assistance, and real story of this company becomes much clearer. I buy local whenever I can as well, and if I can't find something there, I stick with Sears or Kmart.
OT, I'm now your biggest fan! I couldn't agree with you more on this! I am one of those independent retailers.
BOO HOO

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Overtaxed wrote:
Well, after reviewing last night's efforts on the thread, I see "Willard" spent a part of his night posting to his cyber girlfriend. I wonder if he had "Carol" or "Mary Ann" on his lap for that session ? Looks like an hour or two of "stimulating" conversation was had by "all"....What a joke.
And what does you and the""crews B.S. have to do with<<Who do you support for Governor in Tennessee in ,,2010??>> O it must be CHATTY HENS talkin huh..........WHAT A JOKE
Overtaxed

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Nuh wrote:
OT - remember way back when...back when Sam Walton was still alive and 'Made in America' was a big part of his business plan?
Yes I do, and at that time I had a great respect for Mr. Sam's company. Sadly, those days are gone and I would drive 30 miles out of my way to keep from trading at Wal-Mart.
Goodbye

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#68309
Feb 20, 2013
 
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Or maybe it is because people are wising up to shopping at Wal-Mart... I used to buy all household supplies and some groceries there, and now I try to buy nothing there. I have made a concentrated effort to buy from local drug stores and markets.
If Wal-Mart is America "as we knew" it, I look forward to a better tomorrow...
I seldom shop at WalMart, but that was not my point. Sorry you misses it!
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Pete wrote:
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OT, I'm now your biggest fan! I couldn't agree with you more on this! I am one of those independent retailers.
That being the case, I have a new respect for you as well. I have had some close friends in the retail trade DESTROYED by Wal-Mart, not because they were poor businessmen but because they could not buy the volume necessary to demand their own price, could not negotiate 90 days net, could not sell shelf space, could not sell for a year or two below cost, and were unwilling to keep their employees at minimum wage and uninsured forever. Anyone who can survive in competition with Wal-Mart deserves a standing ovation !
BOO HOO

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Unreal wrote:
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Only as different as night and day...
You finally decided to speak English (sort of), and made a post I agreed with (sort of), but only because you thread geniuses choose to attack the poster instead of the message.
Bless your heart - maybe Obamacare will cover glasses for you ;)
Go back and argue with the fence post some more cause I (sort of) don't give a dam what you think...... is this clear enough for you or do I need to dumb it down more.
Pete

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Overtaxed wrote:
<quoted text> Yes I do, and at that time I had a great respect for Mr. Sam's company. Sadly, those days are gone and I would drive 30 miles out of my way to keep from trading at Wal-Mart.
Part of the problem is caused by us though, i.e. the American consumer. We will only pay the lowest price. For example, let's say a retailer is selling shovels. They have one model made in China and will only last about 6 months and is kind of flimsy. However, it is only $20. They have another model made in the U.S., very sturdy and will last a very long time, but it sells for $25. Which one do you think sells the best? I see this scenario every day. Nobody worries about the quality of what they purchase until after they buy it.
Thunder

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Feb 20, 2013
 
Good points of view
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Feb 20, 2013
 
Goodbye wrote:
<quoted text>I seldom shop at WalMart, but that was not my point. Sorry you misses it!
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Pete

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Feb 20, 2013
 
Overtaxed wrote:
<quoted text> That being the case, I have a new respect for you as well. I have had some close friends in the retail trade DESTROYED by Wal-Mart, not because they were poor businessmen but because they could not buy the volume necessary to demand their own price, could not negotiate 90 days net, could not sell shelf space, could not sell for a year or two below cost, and were unwilling to keep their employees at minimum wage and uninsured forever. Anyone who can survive in competition with Wal-Mart deserves a standing ovation !
I am in a different industry than Walmart and don't have to compete with them, but we are a local, independent retailer that has to compete with the versions of Walmart that are in our industry.

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Overtaxed wrote:
<quoted text>That being the case, I have a new respect for you as well. I have had some close friends in the retail trade DESTROYED by Wal-Mart, not because they were poor businessmen but because they could not buy the volume necessary to demand their own price, could not negotiate 90 days net, could not sell shelf space, could not sell for a year or two below cost, and were unwilling to keep their employees at minimum wage and uninsured forever. Anyone who can survive in competition with Wal-Mart deserves a standing ovation !
I hope you both realize that there is one silent retail chain silently sneaking into rural communities wiping out the last private owned retail stores all across the southern US and now expanding beyond. DG Corp eases in, promises jobs to help the community. What they do is sign a 5 year lease on a building built to their standards, hire a handful of temporary stockers to get the store open, undercut the private owned businesses and run private owned business out. Then they let the stockers go sending in their own team and basically run the store from a corporate level. If it hasn't turned hopeful profits in 3 or 4 years they close the store, pay off the lease leaving the small community to die a silent death. This is being done to small communities all over and that certainly was never the plan of its founder.
Nuh

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Clara Cowell finally quit smoking...although she hasn't quit drinking her daily cup of tea with whiskey and she spent her birthday at a pub.

BTW - she's 102 years old....and has smoked for 82 years.

http://www.counselheal.com/articles/3949/2013...
Unreal

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Pete wrote:
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Part of the problem is caused by us though, i.e. the American consumer. We will only pay the lowest price. For example, let's say a retailer is selling shovels. They have one model made in China and will only last about 6 months and is kind of flimsy. However, it is only $20. They have another model made in the U.S., very sturdy and will last a very long time, but it sells for $25. Which one do you think sells the best? I see this scenario every day. Nobody worries about the quality of what they purchase until after they buy it.
You're right Pete, but it is a catch 22 because it is hard to find anything made in the USA. I look for products made in America and have a hard time finding them. I for one am sick of the cheap junk that lasts five years at best. I have a kitchen full of new "top of the line" appliances, and I hate them. I put a $600 motherboard in the refrigerator shortly after the warranty expired. I have a 20 year old washer/dryer set that was made in America (still works well, but probably isn’t energy efficient) that I would like to replace if you can tell me where to get another set that was made in America that I won't be having work done on next year.

See, I told you many on this thread are not that far apart – I think the sincere posters here truly want what is best for this country even if there are some different views on how to accomplish it.
BOO HOO

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Feb 20, 2013
 
Really Sassy wrote:
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I hope you both realize that there is one silent retail chain silently sneaking into rural communities wiping out the last private owned retail stores all across the southern US and now expanding beyond. DG Corp eases in, promises jobs to help the community. What they do is sign a 5 year lease on a building built to their standards, hire a handful of temporary stockers to get the store open, undercut the private owned businesses and run private owned business out. Then they let the stockers go sending in their own team and basically run the store from a corporate level. If it hasn't turned hopeful profits in 3 or 4 years they close the store, pay off the lease leaving the small community to die a silent death. This is being done to small communities all over and that certainly was never the plan of its founder.
Sorry REAL SASSY but your gonna have to dumb this down for these folks to understand what your sayin
Overtaxed

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Feb 20, 2013
 
Pete wrote:
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Part of the problem is caused by us though, i.e. the American consumer. We will only pay the lowest price. For example, let's say a retailer is selling shovels. They have one model made in China and will only last about 6 months and is kind of flimsy. However, it is only $20. They have another model made in the U.S., very sturdy and will last a very long time, but it sells for $25. Which one do you think sells the best? I see this scenario every day. Nobody worries about the quality of what they purchase until after they buy it.
I see that mentality in my own business "Pete" but it has been my experience that if I (or an employee) take a moment to sell a product instead of letting the customer choose...10 to 15% of those customers will change their mind about the cheapest alternative in favor of a higher quality product that will last much longer. This requires employees that care about our business, are not pushy but helpful, and know how to present alternatives in a positive light. I do not employ as many people as I once did, and after reading the comments from others...I have been blessed with comparitively few problems with mine. Still, I credit a PART of that with treating those I employ as I would wish to be treated, training them to know what I expect from them, paying them fairly, and for the most part, they have responded in kind.....or maybe I have just been lucky, as I have many times in my life !
Dunlapian

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SexySassySenior wrote:
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It was the Pentagon...you know how secretive they are and justifiably so, IMO. There were a few Congressional Staffers, one or two, in the Pentagon that morning on business and they gave some interviews, at the time, that I saw.
I have no doubt that it was real and happened just like we were told. I was glued to the TV for weeks and I saw all of it , at the time.
I didn't go to work that day to stay home and watch it...and I recorded all of the coverage for weeks afterwards, while I was at work, so I didn't miss much of it, if any of it.
I knew it was a once-in-a-Lifetime historical happening that would change our Lives forever and I didn't want to miss a minute of it, just because of the ramifications and misinformation that would be told about it, just like is happening on here. I also knew that it meant we were then at WAR, with all that entailed for American Lives and our Military.
And BTW, it was the tail of the Plane, it was at a slight angle and it was a little more than the last half sticking out of the building. maybe as much as 3/4ths sticking out. It set the Pentagon on fire, you know, but it was quickly contained and extinguished. Most of the plane was visible except for the front part. It might be on Youtube, everything else is....or you may can Google the picture and find it. I've seen it on the TV Newscasts more than once, at the time, and for a few years afterward, periodically.
Yeah Linda, I went back to quite a few sites about the Pentagon crash, and I have to admit it was a 757 that hit it.
I'm always very cautious about these things, ever since the Tonkin Gulf incident.
But thats not to say I was never fooled again.........I just have to look back at the Iraq war and see how I was fooled into that one. BTW, did you see "Hubris" on the Rachel Maddow Show, Monday Night?
The Original Bemused

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Smelly Sassy Senior wrote:
Folks, I want to warn you about a ripoff that's been going on for years. I may not be able to prove it, but so what! I've never been able to prove "ANYTHING" I blabber about so I'll exercize my rights just like everybody else. I want to warn everyone about Suzanne Somers' "thigh-master"! It's nothing but a scam from the get-go. To begin with, my legs were used in her infomercial videos to make her look good and I, for one, am totally sick of not getting any credit for it! I'm posting this so "ANYONE" can see the evidence. These are clearly "MY LEGS"! All the producer did was use that bitch's face, "EVERYTHING ELSE" is all me. ME!...ME!...ME!... These are the very legs you've all come to enjoy in the icon image...and you can see it for yourself! So WILLARD, before you say anything, go screw yourself!
Read 'em and weep, Charlie Girl!
http://bit.ly/H0zcT0
Good morning, smelly. I'm glad you posted the thigh-master video, and I wish now I had seen it much sooner. For years I was unsatisfied with mine and got no results, just injuries. You see, I thought it was a "stepper" for years and couldn't figure out how Suzanne's legs...I mean "YOUR" legs could be so damned awesome! Mine kept snapping up from my feet, injuring me where it hurts, my mouth! The Original Bemused and I worked out together for years and would hold each other upright as we did our reps while trying to keep our feet on the machine. The way we figued it, if we could just get legs like Suzanne..I mean like "YOUR LEGS" smelly, our personal preocuupations might improve! I also wanted to agree with The Original Bemused about your posts being so articulate, succinct, gathered and always relevant. You know I hate that awful "WILLARD," but he's right about one thing, your posts are great because you "ARE" always focused, never wandering, blabbering, hallucinating, etc.. So, take it from us "Gym Jocks," Suzanne's legs....I mean "YOUR LEGS" make us the men we are today! "Upchuckles"
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Sorry the above post is from me!
What happened

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The 1956 Republican Platform

Wtf happened to their party? When did it take such a bad turn from this? Protecting Unions? Not no more. Protect workers and layoff rights? Not no more.

“The Eisenhower Administration will continue to fight for dynamic and progressive programs which, among other things, will:

Stimulate improved job safety of our workers, through assistance to the States, employees and employers;

Continue and further perfect its programs of assistance to the millions of workers with special employment problems, such as older workers, handicapped workers, members of minority groups, and migratory workers;

Strengthen and improve the Federal-State Employment Service and improve the effectiveness of the unemployment insurance system;

Protect by law, the assets of employee welfare and benefit plans so that workers who are the beneficiaries can be assured of their rightful benefits;

Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex;

Federally-assisted construction, and maintain and continue the vigorous administration of the Federal prevailing minimum wage law for public supply contracts;

Extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable;

Continue to fight for the elimination of discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or sex;

Provide assistance to improve the economic conditions of areas faced with persistent and substantial unemployment;

Revise and improve the Taft-Hartley Act so as to protect more effectively the rights of labor unions, management, the individual worker, and the public.

The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the Eisenhower Administration.”
Overtaxed

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Over-Exlaxed wrote:
Sorry the above post is from me!
Oh boy another screen name ! I'm so impressed ! Are you 12 ? I am sure your slap and tickle partner will show up tonight...until then, all of her words of wisdom and your comments are still available for all to view and I am sure one of your other "partners" can relive last night's "experiences" with you....you sorry excuse for a human.

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