I just bought a very small trailer to use behind my ATV for farm use. Low
speed. It has 4.00/4.80-8 tires on it. They are a little dryrotted. Would
you get some tubes and put them in there, or just get new tires and use them
tubeless? Trouble I have with tubeless tires is half the time they're flat,
and they can be a booger to seat the bead. I put some Slime in there, and
once they seal, they're pretty good to go. My local tire place would
probably put the new tubes in there for the price of the tubes. I do
business with them, and they usually do flat fixes for free anyway.
The last time I needed tires for my boat trailer it was cheaper to buy
a tire and wheel from a trailer place than buying a tire and getting
it mounted. Even Northern Tools beats that tire/mount price and we
have a trailer manufacturer who beats NT.
I live in a small community where good deals are a way to keep customers. I
go to Discount tires because they have fixed about half a dozen flats for
me, and some small ATV remounts where they wouldn't seal, and they just wave
you off when you go to pay. Of course, I go back when I need tires, and
they have that on record.
I have to go to the big city in the next couple of days, so will take one
and see. But yeah, it'd be nice to just put two new ones on there, but at
the lowest cost. I just use this to haul junk, rocks, limbs, sand, etc, so
it doesn't have to be that great.
For cheap if go out of town as others said can probably by those
tires/wheels cheap as just the tubes.
OTOH, in small towns there are advantages/reasons to keep the locals in
business--I rarely take that route for only a couple bucks for just that
reason; too many places are already either merely shells of their former
selves or gone. People complain about what they've lost but too many of
those same people didn't do anything to help prevent that... :(
only prolonging the agony..Their are plenty of ways for locals to remain
competive , starting a co-op to increase buying power , diversefing products
, providing more advice ,being open on the weekends ect. ,ect...If the local
"just expects " folks to shop there and pay higher prices just to keep him
employed then to bad...I don't have money just to throw away...I suppose we
should be still buying buggy whips to keep buggy whip makers in business???
I doubt locals would pay me more for drywall work just to keep me
employed..They get bids.....And for me to remain competive I have to buy
materials where they are cheaper and are open when I need them...It's called
"capitolism"...Time does not stand still and if they won't change they will
go the way of buggy whip makers and should...Just my 2 cents.....
OTOH, if locals simply get into the habit of either going online or out
of town routinely, it doesn't matter what the local merchant does, either.
As for the "agony" part, one soon can learn what real agony is when
there no longer is a local grocery, pharmacy, whatever, entirely. :(
At that point most gladly admit they should have been more aggressive in
supporting local merchants but it's too late.
If the reason local folk "get in the habit" of going online or out to the
outskirts to Walmart ,Sears,Target , Cosco , Homedepot , Lowes ,Walgreens ,
Best Buy , or the mall , ect. is because said local merchant isn't OPEN ,
doesn't have the inventory or is more expensive , especially now that times
are hard and every dollar counts , then it is the local merchants
fault....In case you haven't noticed mom isn't home during the day to shop
from 8-5 and dad works outside of the downtown area and often only has
evenings and Sunday to shop...Same for mom.... If the local merchant doesn't
change with the times he will be left behind..The facts may be cruel but
they are the facts.....Times change and if you don't change with them you
get left behind...If they work at it and stay open late a few times a week
,start a co-op to increase buying power to compete price wise , open on
Sunday , provide exceptional customer service or otherwise find their nich
they will survive just fine , but if they just keep doing what they have
done for the last 30 years they won't......Sad but true....
That isn't necessarily the only reason at all...often it is simply a
habit that has become engrained or an attempt to save a few pennies by
avoiding local/state sales taxes; meanwhile actually spending as much or
more in either travel or shipping.
I used to live in a smaller community just down the road a half-hour
from a larger place--as just one example, people regularly complained
about lack of places to eat in town. Yet, now matter how many attempted
to cater to that demand over a 10-15 year period, the persistent habits
were never overcome and none managed to survive and yet people continued
to complain there was "nowhere in town" when it was definitely not true.
The same phenomenon occurred in other retail trades as well.
And again, I'm looking at it from the viewpoint of smaller communities
that are, indeed, distant from other markets/larger communities where it
isn't just another couple of blocks down the street to the next
SuperCenter instead of Target or whatever.
If people aren't willing to support their neighbors and communities,
they can't complain when their community no longer can support the
amenities they would like.
The biggest thing that locals have to contend with is few people
actually pause to think. They let all of the big box whatever marketing
do it for them. You could do a great job but the big outfits can buy
My friends' brother owns a local appliance shop. He is part of a co-op
so he is quite competitive. He and his staff are quite knowledgeable and
will do whatever extra it takes. They also open long hours just like big
box. The problem is big box tells everyone how wonderful they are with
constant marketing and folks simply drive the extra 10 miles to the mall
because locals "must be evil".
Or the local deli in my town. It is a true evil mom & pop place. They
make real soup instead of pouring it out of a bucket and make great subs
on really nice quality rolls baked by a local Italian bakery. I mention
the place whenever I have an opportunity and the usual answer is "but it
isn't subway.." When I think of subway I think consistent mediocrity.
Marketing tells another story.
Like I said people don't like running all over creation to get the things
they need...Just because they make great subs or sell competive appliances
doesn't automatically mean they will make it if they are off the beaten path
with a lack of parking and don't advertise...LOCATION , LOCATION ,
LOCATION....Instead you just call shoppers stupid...That works really
So you consider "Target" a "local retailor" and a Walmart Supercenter
not...LOL...Surely you jest....Perhaps folks were comlaining about "no
places to eat" because there were no Pizza Hut , KFC , Taco Bell or Micky
Dees..As I said , we live in a different "faster" time..Perhaps folks on the
run don't have time to spend a hour or two eating at the local diner or Chic
Hole In The wall Restaurant downtown..Especially if they have to travel out
of town to shop anyway...That is why you see FAST food restaurants near
shopping plazes....Supercenters are popular for more than just saving
mony..They save TIME..No need to run all over creation to get all that is
needed...Groceries , jeans and an oil filter for the car all in one
stop...Plenty of parking and restaurants are close by....Time is money as
well....I live in a very small town...30-50 miles to cities....You also
completely ignored that the downtown stores typically close at 5 and aren't
open on the weekend especially SUNDAY which is now about the biggest
shopping day of the week...I suppose you also long for the days when it was
illegal for stores to be open on Sunday ???
How in the world did you get that idea? I said nothing of the sort only
that if one of the ilk closes so there's another just down the street in
larger locations--that's not so in smaller markets.
No, there was essentially every McDoodle known to man; what people
complained about was lack of a place/places with amenities.
Yet these sameself time-stressed folks will drive 30-miles each way over
staying local? How's that time-efficient, pray tell???
Which is the other fallacy--they didn't _HAVE_ to travel out of town to
shop; at least until they ceased to support local merchants that had the
same merchandise anyway for which they paid the "privilege" of two or
more additional hours on the road, gas, parking, etc., etc., ...
Financially, it really makes no sense if one were to actually calculate
net, bottom-line cost.
That, too, is generally BS ime -- it takes far longer to tramp all over
creation in one of these mega-malls than it does to go to two or three
specific places, get in and out and be gone. I can generally go to one
of the other stores in town, park, get what I want and be gone in the
time it would take to simply get checked out in the Walmart after
fighting the mobs and cart jungle in the parking lot plus the runaway
No, they closed early Wednesday afternoon (church night) and all women
were expected to "dress" (included the hat and gloves)... :)
Frankly, much would be far better off, undoubtedly, yes. There's little
_real_ advantage in hurry-scurry and most folks are rushing nowhere just
like they're continuously on the phone for nothing...
Just out of curiousity, what do _you_ consider "a very small town"???
- A welding equipment / gas supplier
- A SCUBA shop
- A metal distributor
- An auto parts distributor
- A power equipment dealer
- A building materials dealer
- A construction equipment rental company
People also get trapped in the idea that one place is always cheaper and
don't bother to validate that. In one recent example, I bought an item
at Target for $22.95 and saw the exact same item in the Wal-Mart at the
other end of the same shopping center for $29.95.
No, actually, I couldn't. Walmart doesn't carry much of the stuff I need
and Target is a couple buildings closer to the other places I need to
shop. All are in the same shopping center cluster so time isn't an
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