Is your name really "Stephen Blackpool?" Or did you read the novel and said:
"This is my life?"
"Blackpool provides a stark contrast to these earlier characters. One of the
Hands in Bounderby's factory, Stephen lives a life of drudgery and
"Stephen is an important character ... because he finds himself in the midst
of a labor dispute that illustrates the strained relations between rich and
poor. Stephen is the only Hand who refuses to join a workers' union: he
believes that striking is not the best way to improve relations between
factory owners and employees, and he also wants to earn an honest living. As
a result, he is cast out of the workers' group. However, he also refuses to
spy on his fellow workers for Bounderby, who consequently sends him
I am surprised that anyone is surprised. Big box stores are interested
in wiping out all of the small stores. To do that they had to make
themselves look like good guys at first. Once they decimate the small
stores they can cut way back on staff and raise prices.
They could, but they don't. If you can point to one single monopoly that HAS
raised prices in a captive market, I'd be surprised (except for professional
sports and government-sanction monopolies like utilities).
In fact, the biggest monopoly ever (Standard Oil) - the poster boy for all
that's evil about large companies - managed to lower the price of Kerosene
from $3.00/gallon to five cents in less than three years! Of course this put
the whale-oil suppliers out of business...
You're right. Even considering inflation, Vista costs more than Windows 95.
But with the greater productivity of Vista, users make more money and,
hence, can pay more. The additional cost is still a lower percentage of
their disposable income than was Win95.
Even so, Vista is not the same product (like Kerosene or nails).
Vista hasn't greater productivity. Quite the opposite actually as vista
users will spend most of their time staring at the hourglass whereas a
windows 95 user could get some usefull work done with a pentium I.
Unless, of course, you supply Vista with at least 6 ghz of processor, 4GB
of ram, etc.
I find that basic hardware items are unavailable at my local HD's. I guess
the lack of ability to make big profits on such items as steel rivets keeps
HD from stocking them. It's really bad when it's easier to start out
shopping at a small hardware store 15 miles away rather than checking at the
local HD about 2 miles away because usually the HD either won't have or
doesn't stock what you need.
I have a love/hate relationship with Home Depot. I love it because it
is convenient and they carry many common items that you need for a
home. I hate them because of the service that they provide. I asked
a guy where I could find three prong outlets and he commented that I
could have just broken off the third prong and it would have worked.
Not all of them are that bad but its hard to find good help. I tend
to go to Lowes when I am shopping for anything that I feel would look
good in the home such as lighting and crown moulding. I go to Home
Depot when I am fixing a wall or repairing pipes.
Hah, The interior doorknobs and registers I bought from Lowes a little
over 3 years ago are losing their brass(?) plating. The chrome light
fixture I got at the same time is rusting.
I'm not saying HD's stuff is any better, on the contrary, I've learned
to avoid the big box stores when I need "nice looking" stuff now.
Yeah, but around here (New Hampshire), I have yet to see a True Value
or other like hardware store go under. When I dtalk to the owner's
they say HD and Loews address a different market.
I only go to the big ones on Sunday for wood. No where else to get
I'm like Goldilocks. I don't like it when I can't find anyone, nor
when they are always talking to me.
I really don't like it when someone greets me at HD at the door to
sell me a credit card.
First, she ruins the fantasy I'm having about all the great hardware I
will but and build great things with. Or at least I forget what I
came there for.
Second, the rates are outrageous and she'd do me more good working on
the floor. They have someone there about 2/3rds of the time.
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