Mr. Sanders, how does the Lord feel about your referring to Him as "he" with a small 'h'? Isn't that a bit disrespectful?
Chicken and Egg problem. Build a lot with no bus service or establish a bus service without a lot. I think I would choose the second option myself.
teabaggerism has taken effect. way to go teabagger mayor botch.
The Presbyterian Church USA (not First Pres) just voted to change their understanding of marriage from being "between an man and woman" to being "between two people" so that a PCUSA church can now perform gay weddings in the states where it is also legal. It seems that the tide is turning and I'm very glad to see it.
Gee Jim, I missed the memo where you became the spokesperson for the Lord...
Correction... The Leechpit has been selling vintage games and systems for over 10 years. FYI.
Taxation is not the issue. On-line retailers consume no local government services and purchasers are already paying a myriad of other local taxes (looked at your phone bill lately?).
Local retailers have two major advantages over their on-line competitors: instant gratification, and touch/feel/look comparison of alternatives before the sale. I don't buy my hardware on-line, so why can that business succeed when other retailers cannot? I suspect that these other businesses are wasting those advantages rather than leveraging them.
These things are not hard to run. I've used self checkout for nearly 10 years now with zero serious issues doing so.. I think it is funny the idiots who blame the machine when it is basically the same get up the checkers use, and u don't see them have these issues over and over. Lol.
I also feel like this article is around 8 years late. Why don't we write a "how to figure out google" article, too?
I'm not claiming this is the end-all-be-all truth of the matter, but local retailer sob stories about getting wrecked by web retailers generate absolutely no sympathy from me. As an Army Brat, I was never fortunate enough to spend enough time in a place to "develop relationships" with local companies regardless of where my father's career took me. However, I have always had access to the Internet. I practically begged my parents to buy a computer and pay for dial-up when I was a kid. I've been on the 'net for 20 years. I'm 30 years old, to give you an idea. When I was a kid I traded collectible trading cards and comic books on the web using a dial-up connection, Usenet groups, and trust systems based on references from other traders. As an adult, I now make ALL of my money online, with very little of it coming from local businesses. I work with ONE carefully selected local business as a vendor. The rest of my revenue comes from companies in SFC, NYC, London, and the rest of the world. I'll be the first to tell you they have you outgunned in terms of the marketing budgets they make available to all types of creative professionals. I have never seen the faces or heard the voices of some of the people who employ me, and my relationships with those people mean the world to me. I've worked with web retailers, including some of those named in this article. They support me in my chosen field in ways local businesses have looked at me like I'm stupid for even suggesting. There's a reason you're getting wrecked, local businesses, and it has nothing to do with your customers and everything to do with YOU. If I feel better about the service I get from a call center employee at a big, evil web retailer (who emails me return postage ON THE SPOT and ships the right stuff SAME DAY) than I do about the "service" you provide in your store, you have a HUGE problem. It's not your customers' problem, either. It's YOUR problem. If you refuse to hire smart people to build you a legitimate web presence designed to capture "showrooming" revenue and prefer to bitch about the big, evil web retailers - again - not my problem. In fact, those companies butter my bread in ways you never could. I help build that stuff, and time and time again you and your brethren (local CoS businesses) have indicated you're not interested. Fine. I am not limited by geography like you are. I'm not the one going out of business. YOU ARE. Provide unique experiences, excellent customer service, and great product at great prices in real life and online OR ELSE. ADAPT OR DIE! It's a dog fight, and the Internet has BIG TEETH you can use to your advantage the second you stop sneering at it and invest some real resources in it.
I noticed through the snarky and patronizing tone, that while calling others out as idiots, you missed a "your." :-)
Buy a bike one week; ignored the next. Consistency, or the lack of it; is what harms local stores the most.
Or, the same item IS online for 2/3 the price; and without the horrible experience of being followed around a store like a criminal, or having items that are of no interest shoved into ones hands, or being sold items that simply are inferior to what is available online, or....
"Sometimes you become really angry because of the lack of respect"
Is that when you walk into a Tejon shop; and the staff ignores you for five minutes, eating lunch, talking, or you head towards the register and they look up and then walk away from the register?
Or the know everything have done nothing 20 something that will tell you where not to camp? Really? I'm not supposed to even camp, or hike; in an entire county? Really? And all my gear is worthless? Really? After dozens of seasons? Really?
Really? People go online, or to REI?
I feel that the judgmental commentary on what people were wearing and eating was unnecessary and put a cynical tone on an otherwise decent article on a valid community issue. You have a pretty solid reader base here in Manitou, why would you stoop to stereotyping people? Would you write something similar in regards to a predominantly African-American community, or a downtown community that is full of "hipsters"? Stick to the facts and let people form their own opinions on the issue in question.
"...if your main goal is to avoid human interaction of any kind..."
Isn't that the whole point of self checkouts? The stores minimize human contact, and therefore manage to avoid paying wages to more humans?
Yep. A non-profit store is one thing, but a deliberately negative profit store is just silly, especially if one goal of it is to demonstrate the economic sustainability of a local foods economy. Sounds more like "Give me money, so I can play Store." That's a cause that would lose the interest of funders rather quickly.
Jim you must not be reading the same Bible that I grew up reading, and you most certainly must be speaking of a different "Lord" than the Lord Jesus Christ, because I know for a fact that he commands his followers to love and accept ALL people. Please show me in the Bible where Jesus commands his people to alienate, hate, spread lies, and bully. I would love to read that passage.
Stupid headline. Is Mr. Walker the only citizen in Pueblo County?
"doesn't realize that store sales were never intended to make up all the revenues."
Huh? Where would they come from? Members? Grants? If you can't sustain yourself and if your business model calls for an unsustainable model, you deserve to be fired.
I like the idea of a local grocer/co-op in Manitou and I hope they succeed but you've got to change the business model from "all about hugs" to "let's at least break-even and hopefully make a profit so we can give back to the community."
Although I agree with the message, I do not agree with the vandalism.
Someone paid for that. It does not belong to the person that ruined it. If you want to send that message then buy your own sign.
That's 3.6 million dollars going to schools instead of drug gangs. That's cream on top of ending the governmental persecution of countless citizens who prefer near harmless marijuana over very harmful alcohol. - I call that great progress!
The fact that the attendant must interact with nearly every customer who uses the self checkout is sufficient evidence that the machines are flawed.
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