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Old 01-19-2010, 09:59 PM
 
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I have to wander if you lived in the days of the so called mom and pop stores. I did and they did everything they could including politics to keepout competition and keep their prices high.So no thank you; I like competition and cheaper prices.I also have worked for them;they required long hours ;little overtime pay and fired people that didn't go along with them.
My experience also.

And most of those mom and pop places that had high prices and fought competion, mom and pop retired with a nice house, lake cabin, fancy camper for wintering in Florida.

Yup, those high ptices they charged yielded very good profits.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I don't think they should be ILLEGAL but there should be zoning standards that make it hard for them to open up shop.

I'd love to have more mom and pop places where I live but it's pretty much full of big box stores. There aren't a lot of unique shops.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:50 PM
 
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My experience also.

And most of those mom and pop places that had high prices and fought competion, mom and pop retired with a nice house, lake cabin, fancy camper for wintering in Florida.

Yup, those high ptices they charged yielded very good profits.

I remember life in rural Virginia. The clothing store down the street would charge $20 for three pairs of Hanes briefs.

Fifty miles away in Newport News, the same briefs were $6.

After I was married, I would drive my wife down to work in NN on Saturdays and do all the shopping.

I stopped in the local bakery last year in Chicagoland and the store manager let me know that this was her last day at the bakery.

She told me that she was going to be the bakery manager at the local WalMart and she was very excited. She told me that she got $2.50/ hr raise and "for the first time in twenty years, I will have medical insurance."
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I remember life in rural Virginia. The clothing store down the street would charge $20 for three pairs of Hanes briefs.

Fifty miles away in Newport News, the same briefs were $6.

After I was married, I would drive my wife down to work in NN on Saturdays and do all the shopping.

I stopped in the local bakery last year in Chicagoland and the store manager let me know that this was her last day at the bakery.

She told me that she was going to be the bakery manager at the local WalMart and she was very excited. She told me that she got $2.50/ hr raise and "for the first time in twenty years, I will have medical insurance."
Of course it's easier for Wal-Mart to provide health insurance to their hourly employees. Whether or not it's good health insurance is another thread.

A lot of small businesses can't afford to provide health insurance to their employees. Sometimes they might pay a person more per hour but they don't provide health insurance.
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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Of course it's easier for Wal-Mart to provide health insurance to their hourly employees. Whether or not it's good health insurance is another thread.

A lot of small businesses can't afford to provide health insurance to their employees. Sometimes they might pay a person more per hour but they don't provide health insurance.

I have a lot of small business clients that SAY that. Ask them whether they prefer to keep their country club membership or pay their employee's health care, guess which one THEY prefer?

And their operating profit margins are higher than WalMart's 3-4%.
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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I have a lot of small business clients that SAY that. Ask them whether they prefer to keep their country club membership or pay their employee's health care, guess which one THEY prefer?

And their operating profit margins are higher than WalMart's 3-4%.
Yup--------a couple ,around,60 owned a grocery store in a small town near me ( 400 pop)

They were not happy the last year of them owning it when Walmart built a Supercenter 12 miles away.

They decided to call it quits and enjoy their new house, and huge new camper pulled by their new 4 door pick up as they winter over in Arizona.

Price gouging the locals was very profitable.
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Old 01-23-2010, 03:37 PM
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Wal Mart seems to be getting more and more aggressive in its quest to knock out competitors. Soon the only places to shop in the U.S. will be at Wal Mart or Amazon.com. Yay for monopoly! Yay for places of actual architectural worth being turned into cheaply built giant sterile warehouses! Way to go America for falling right into corporate hands!
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:44 PM
 
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My experience also.

And most of those mom and pop places that had high prices and fought competion, mom and pop retired with a nice house, lake cabin, fancy camper for wintering in Florida.

Yup, those high ptices they charged yielded very good profits.
And with those very good profits Mom and Pop went out to dinner, hired a housekeeper. Maybe even hired a constuction crew to add on to the house. They shopped at the local dress shop and bought their paint from the local hardware store. That fancy camper was probably built here in the U.S. of A. by well-paid American workers.

The difference with a big-box chain is that much of the money (((poof))) leaves the local economy, never to return.

Back to the original question: NO, I do not think chain stores should be illegal. It's just not the American Way to restrict commerce like that. I DO however "vote with my dollars" and spend my money with local merchants whenever possible. Sadly, that is becoming more and more difficult.
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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The difference with a big-box chain is that much of the money leaves the local economy, never to return.
So what.

The only time it makes any difference to me is when it’s in my pocket.

After it leaves there, I don’t care where it goes.
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:44 PM
 
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So what.

The only time it makes any difference to me is when it’s in my pocket.

After it leaves there, I don’t care where it goes.
That pretty much explains the current situation in a nutshell.
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