Better service is certainly one way that small operations can compete with the
big box stores. Some small businesses understand that, some don't -- and it's
the latter, IME, that can't survive competition with the big boxes.
Nonsense -- the Sherman Antitrust Act bans ANTIcompetitive business practices.
It was passed specifically to put an end to businesses conspiring to stifle
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
: Better service is certainly one way that small operations can compete with the
: big box stores. Some small businesses understand that, some don't -- and it's
: the latter, IME, that can't survive competition with the big boxes.
Here's a couple of articles that I found interesting:
The first is the story of what happened to Vlasic pickles (company
went bankrupt after getting a close relationship with
Walmart), and the second is about one company that decided
not to sell through Walmart, and why.
I agree that ultimately it's the customer that decided whether a business
gets his money or not, but there are other factors at work, including
ignorance on the part of the customer (to take a group relevant example,
tools with plastic innards instead of metal ones have advantages and
disadvantages, and the typical homeowner doesn't know about them), and
Walmart's ability, due to its sher size, to pressure suppliers
to reduce costs.
-- Andy Barss
The first article is about about Vlasic selling a gallon jar of pickles at
Walmart for $3. Vlasic made less profit on these and wanted to raise the
price, but Walmart said no. (They eventually switched to 1/2 gallon
The same article also says that Vlasic's bankruptcy was not caused by
selling the gallon jars of pickles.
The article does not specifically blame Walmart for the bankruptcy.
No, says the person with the grip on reality. Do try to keep up.
Funny, plenty of places find ways to differentiate themselves, mostly
by offering superior customer service, etc. that Walmart and similar
stores do not offer. How do you think Walmart got to be the 800-lb
gorilla they are today? They started out as a small business and grew
because they were successful.
You people seem to have a problem with success.
And when Walmart gets to be a monopoly, you be sure to let us know.
Otherwise, keep your annoying liberal whining to yourself.
You're kind of slow aren't you? The problem isn't with success, it's when
that success becomes so all-encompassing that it effectively obliterates any
chance of other little start-ups from becoming successful. Or, when that
success makes it more difficult than it should be for little start-ups from
having any real chance of success.
It's the multitude of little start-ups that determines the success of any
industry, not the one or two gargantuan businesses that blanket the entire
Funny, there are all kinds of other successful businesses out there,
Walmart certainly hasn't harmed them in the least. Heck, locally
there are small businesses in the SAME SHOPPING CENTER AS WALMART that
are doing just fine and carry many of the same products that Walmart
See, here's a news flash for you. When you start a business, there is
no guarantee that you're going to succeed. In fact, statistically,
the majority of small businesses fail within the first two years and
that has nothing to do with Walmart, it has to do with the nature of
small business and economics.
I'm not sure that means anything. In the Chicago suburban
area, going to a store in a nearby suburb can easily be a
half hour drive. Gurnee is a suburb of Chicago. But it's
also about 40 miles north.
And Wal Marts have closed after just a few years when they
felt the store volume wasn't sufficient. Unfortunately the
small businesses that closed don't generally come right back.
I bought a Porter Cable belt sander at Home Depot last year and the stupid
damn store didn't have and Porter Cable belts. I had to buy the 3M belts
they carried. Really pissed me off.Porter Cable sander -Poorter Cable
belts. 3M sander - 3M belts. Klingspoor sander - Klingspoor belts. That's
the way it should be.
You can't be serious. Would you extend this to drill bits, router bits, saw
blades and all other expendable materials and accessories?
Personally, I would much prefer having tools that use standard expendables.
That way, I can shop for the best deal in terms of quality and cost.
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