REALLY RETAIL WRECK?
Recently ( remember, I’m usually writing at least a week ahead of publication so once you read this it will be two or three weeks ago ) there appeared an article in the doom and gloom sphere stating that the retail sector was closing six thousand stores and obviously this meant we were all going to die. Or at least have an economic collapse. Or, at least have less places to shop. Or, at the minimum, it was about how economic collapse bloggers are really running out of articles to write. Once you reread the article, it is hard to see how this was any different than one from ten or even twenty years ago. I mean, for Christ’s sake, the tired and soggy crap about online verses brick stores was even trotted out again. One corporation was closing three hundred stores. Oh My! Oh, wait, that is for the next eight years. Oh, Yawn! And if you take out the one corporation which is closing for other reasons than the economic collapse, your list of six thousand is now only four thousand. Sorry, but I have little reason to believe that Radio Shack closing is a sign of economic collapse. It is a sign that for decades now few people are in need of much in the way of electronic parts, and that RS was one of the many who simply overbuilt and that after they got rid of their "over paid" help that was versed in the actual product they were selling ( you want a box of nails that is 20% cheaper, you go to Home Despot. You want a guy who knows how to build and repair, you go to Ace Hardware. The extra cost pays for itself from the advice. Radio Shack USED to be that way ) and went to selling cell phones and computers at too high of a mark-up there was little reason for the stores to exist.
Why do I get the feeling I’m reading one of the yellow journalism newspapers from the 1890’s, the ones pimping American overseas colonies by screaming for blood vengeance after a boiler explosion in a visiting naval vessel, after I get done reading some of these economic collapse Internet publications? Every slight indicator is a sure sign of catastrophic imminent doom, every reversal of fortune proof positive that your 401k is going to be frozen by the bank needing to cover failing derivative bets and your only safety lies in buying a $30 "book" on how to stock freeze dried foods and plant tomatoes? Yes, obviously, our economy is failing. Yes, obviously, you need storage food and the means to protect it. And, sure, it would be nice if you could believe all that free info on the Net about survival preps but you can’t so perhaps spending cash money to get good info isn’t a bad deal. But all we have here is just another hack trying to generate enough income from too many advertisements on a website churning out "boy who cried wolf" information that does more harm than good by cluttering up the "net waves" with useless information. And you are supposed to trust his books? I can understand wanting to get paid for writing. I can understand it is difficult to get enough money to pay the mortgage on the concrete bunker atop a mountain in Idaho. Land ain’t cheap there ( at least as far as cash on the barrelhead ). And I can certainly understand slow news days leading to only marginally useful blog articles. But can’t we have some minimal standards here?
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