It's from Star Trek, and used in reference to Home Depot. The Borg are a race
of cold and ruthless cyborgs who assimilate and wipe out other cultures, and
travel around in cube-shaped spaceships.
Kinda like what HD tends to do with local hardware and tool chains.
Akchoolee, this isn't entirely true. There are many
examples of small stores/businesses that continue to thrive
despite having a big box close by. In other words, there's
more than meets the eye when it comes down to why someone
is/isn't still in business. Its very convenient to blame
Home Depot/Lowes/Walmart/et al.
The small hardware store in my town stocks repair stuff for homes like mine
built in the 60's. The Lowes & borg don't. One manager told me their
inventory was controlled from corporate HQ, about 2000 miles from here. No
local items at all.
When a pulley failed on my garage door I went to the boxes first but nothing
there fit. The little guy had 'em.
It's reasonably representative of what HD would _like_ to do,
tho. Just as Star Trek's borg wants to take over other life
forms it finds, HD would like to take over any market for
hardware, etc, that it finds. Fortunately neither borg always
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