Tuesday, September 17, 2019

blockbuster-mart 2


BLOCKBUSTER-MART 2
No one liked Blockbuster. They moved in with their corporate access to billions from the banks and bought videos by the pallet full, undercutting and putting Mom & Pop out of business. The small guys had to buy a $20 video where Blockbuster got them for pennies ( and shared the rent with the studio ). Blockbuster had HUGE overhead, and made every moronic decision possible, but they just stayed in business like Sears did, borrowing money until they couldn't. You kill a small business industry, then go bankrupt yourself, leaving a community with little or no choices after that.
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To be clear, the Big Box Store Business wasn't a terrible idea. It was perfected during a time oil was gushing and cheap, and computers and their networks were making globalized logistics affordable. It was China, Computers, Debt and Petroleum all offering heretofore unrealized savings. It really was a great deal for consumers. After twenty years of stagnant wages, consumers needed that break. And they went Full Retard becoming Yuppie Scum Junior Rangers ( copying the lifestyle they viewed with envy the decade prior ).
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The next decade, the banks blew one last bubble with real estate and consumers used their homes as an ATM to continue shopping at Big Boxes. It was good times ( recall the 1.8 cent rimfire round at Wally-back when they weren't Misfire Kings )! And then global Peak Oil hit. No, we didn't run out of oil-just the high net energy conventional oil. The economy didn't like that one bit, and popped the bubble. The Big Box Stores which had wiped out Main Street struggled to survive. Blockbuster was an early casualty.
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Not JUST because Netflix. Blockbuster followed the “stick a pencil up your ass and squat over a yellow tablet” method of budgeting and accounting. They only had themselves to blame. Netflix and Redbox just took advantage of them. And all they did, really, was just remove rent from their costs ( like Amazon is doing, competing with Wal-Mart ). Because even though we had a real estate bubble bust, the banks made sure rents stayed oh so very high. Commercial real estate went through the shoddy poor quality shingle roof. That was it for video stores, already suffering from Blockbuster, Netflix rentals and Wal-Mart DVD sales.
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Wal-Mart is suffering, already, from 2008, from expansion cost. When you expand, there must be an increase in customers. Even if your debt interest rates are lowering, even if all your costs are lower, you still need customers to enter and shop in that million dollar building with millions in inventory. When that doesn't happen, stores start into the death spiral of short term saving that kill future business. Look at Sears, dropping almost everything one item at a time to focus on higher profit clothing. They lost all the customers that bought everything BUT women's clothes.
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So when everyone else starts focusing on clothing, like JC Penney, and Ross and whoever, everyone steals each others customers. When I went to my first Family Dollar, they were almost ALL clothing. They seriously pulled back from that, and now are almost a mini Wal-Mart, but with more inventory with less rent ( and usually better prices ). The Dollar Tree corporation saw something good in them when they bought the company. Alas, they expanded as Wal-Mart was declining severely, and that SHOULD have been a good bet.
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But it backfired on them, as Wally temporarily shook itself out of its death spiral, and Family was stuck with the expansion costs. In a climate of severe customer contracting purchasing power ( remember that 40% real unemployment rate? ). Now you walk into a store and the too few employees cannot keep up with the mess and stocking the shelves. Prices are creeping up and quality is reaching towards Wal-Mart lows. Expansion Costs Plus Reduced Customer Spending kills the Big Box Stores.
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Wal-Mart only gave itself a temporary reprieve from its decline ( I don't know at what cost ). Then, because its corporate elite are all inbred Arkansas banjo players, it decided the decline wasn't fast enough and they said, if effect, we hate our poor rural customers who made us rich, and we STILL want to be just like Target ( like Texas envy among Oklahoman's, Wal-Mart has always had a hankering to be Target. I have no idea why ) and so we want all the hip urban Yuppie customers and so we will Virtue Signal that we hate guns and the Bill Of Rights. Stupid Constitutionalists!
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Well, there is only one small little problem with that. The poor is growing as a class, and Yuppies are in decline. No matter, says the Arkansas Mafia, the Yuppies are getting WAY more money. As the poor are being impoverished, the Yuppies pull in a bigger share of the economy. Even at a rate of shrink, the future bet is on Yuppies-soon, the working poor will just be poor and have no money, but Yuppies will. Screw Gun Owners! And you know what? Wal-Mart isn't wrong, from a pure economic standpoint.
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The problem is, every body else has the same idea! Yuppies will rescue us! It is the rush to only sell women's fashion, all over again. Wal-Mart is the new Sears. Not because of Amazon. Amazon loses money on everything tangible it sells, if nothing else on the reduced shipping. It profits handsomely off of its intelligence industry services, spying for the security state. That allows it to sell at a loss, which Wall Street loves, and Bezos can keep cashing in his stock for tens of billions a shot. When the owner is selling his stock, what exactly is that telling you? Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if he got divorced solely to trick folks into thinking he had to sell stock for the divorce cost.
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Ah, no. He is cashing out because he doesn't have a viable business. He might not have retail cost, but he sure as crap has inventory cost. The same cost Wal-Mart is desperately trying to reduce. No, the only way Amazon stays in business is to lose money. Wal-Mart only has itself to fear and to blame. They over expanded and over borrowed and they did enough stupid crap to increase short term profits to destroy themselves long term-Dead Zombie Walking.
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Who offers a pick-up at the curb service when your web site sucks, bogging down and with a search engine designed by a retarded five year old using crayons, eliminating impulse sales in the store and idling your employees inside? And that is just the latest brain fart. To go along with telling a good portion of its White Male customers it hates them because they aren't Progressive. Wal-Mart is doomed. With or without our help. And so, you are now at the point where the one budgetary item you could trim is going to suddenly increase drastically in the near future, with little warning ( except from here-you are welcome ).
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It isn't exactly a brain fart, what you need to do. It is really just what we already had been doing, before Wal-Mart. Buying in bulk elsewhere, buying through the mail, shopping at more than one place and only cherry picking the weekly sales at the Yuppie grocery stores. Continued tomorrow.
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24 comments:

  1. Man, you went in-depth on this one.

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    1. What else am I going to do? Getting bored waiting for the collapse :)

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  2. Jim, you are spot on brilliant, again. A parallel example of Walmart thinkin'. In my East Las Vegas, Nv area they have a 'neighborhood market' grocery store, which I shop it hard like for bargains. (It is a depressed, barrio/ghetto evolved, ground zero america typical area) they installed all manner of shaded parking and infrastructures for online ordering pick up transactions. Easily 500k plus spent for the attempt at competition horse racing business practices with other O.G. mainline grocer companies. This is a store that has all grooming items, razors, bath soaps, etc in locked cabinets to be withdrawn and taken to check out "for you, you thief wannabe", as an example of sketchy locale. The path would have made sense in a growth era like the 50s etc. Not smart business moves when the writing is flagrantly scrawled on all walls that contraction collapsing implosion immolation is on the bus and on the friggin way. Your writings, and scribes ring in my ears, and I must laugh and giggle at clown world examples :::: everywhere.

    Stay Frosty.

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    1. Business thinking: I wanna be just like the Jones'. Of course, Jones has an IQ of 73, so concrats.

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  3. I heard Amazon makes more $$$ on it's cloud than retail.

    A Walmart store costs $10mil, and that's just for the store. If you want a parking lot and all the trimmings add another $10mil.

    I play Amazon against Wally. Don't really care about either, I just want the best price.

    Saw my first RedBox recently. Yeah, we're rural. Looked down over their menu board and at least 80% of what they were pushing was unwatchable. All kids and idiot stuff, hardly an adult mode flik in the batch. Is that all that's out there, kids no matter what age? jayziss, that great meteor of death can't come soon enough. A huge culling is way over due. See what the anti-abortionists and all the gov't safety rules have done to the world? 50 years ago there were half as many idiots running around. Just think how many there'll be 50 years from now!!!

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    1. 50 years from now the culling will be complete. Even the elite will have been toppled. I was hoping Saudi Arabia was the beginning but I think I'll be disappointed again. Or, perhaps an early X-Mas present.

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    2. I agree that we are overpopulated with idiots, but it's the abortionists, NOT the anti-abortionists that have caused the problem. Here is a simplified explanation. Margaret Sanger was a racist and eugenicist that wanted to eliminate the black race. So she set up her abortion clinics in primarily black neighborhoods. What did that tell the black man? It told him he could hump with wild abandon, and if an unwanted pregnancy occurred, he was off the hook for child support because the baby could be conveniently "disappeared." Increased promiscuity led to a lowering of the marriage rate. The need for marriage was reduced also because the welfare state stepped in to provide the income that a father would have. A single-parent home is not an ideal environment for raising children. That's why over 80% of the prison population comes from single-parent homes. Now we have a population living among us that has been mostly (not all) corrupted with wanton immorality so that many people are scared or distrustful of them. For sure, there are plenty of white trash out there as well, but we would have just as many problems as the blacks if we were the primary target for abortion "services." We're headed that way anyways. How many of "our tribe" do we consider an embarrassment because of how screwed up they are? Lots. Margaret Sanger's abortion services, combined with socialist welfare programs, have created the mass of non-thinkers that are burdening us today. Have you seen the quote (someone else's, not mine), "We've built a society safe for fools, and now we are overrun with them." By the way, I'm not a racist, and don't condone racism.
      Happy day,
      Peace out

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    3. I thought Sanger was busy in the 1920's, and the single family Black home started in the 60's? I'm not well versed in the particulars, but I thought she was more a Progressive ( women's rights through contraception ) than a racist? Most folks didn't hide the desire to separate the races in those days, but that didn't make them racist.

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    4. Yep I don't think Sanger gave a shit about blacks one way or the other, the Great Migration hadn't started yet and Sanger's deal would have been the flood of immigrants from Eastern Europe.

      People are always toughest on their own, and there was a great fear of "imbeciles" and "bad genes" coming in, and Sanger's deal was, put some kind of purifying filter in, and more of the good ones can be let in w/o risking letting in tons of 'bad' ones.

      Since the current administration's "base" is white trash, naturally they want abortion banned, because if it weren't for rape and incest, white trash would probably die out. In the Founding Fathers' day, a perfectly respectable guy might get a 13-year-old preggers, and as long as he married her, it was all good. (Otherwise the father of the girl's stuck with a non-virgin, probably spinster for life. It was purely a matter of economics.) Why do you think especially in the South, the legal marriage ages were so low?

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    5. I found these sites through a search for your inquiry, there are others.
      https://humandefense.com/margaret-sanger-the-untold-story-of-abortion-eugenics-and-racism/
      https://tfpstudentaction.org/blog/margaret-sanger-quotes
      Peace out

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    6. Alex: "if it wasn't for rape or incest" Ha! Great one.
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      5:05-thanks, I'll check it out

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    7. re:
      'unwatchable'

      The last time we owned a television set was sometime last century. We have zero interest in televisionprogramming.

      The gym has a big flat-screen in their lounge == beer, wine, buenos nachos, and similar muck at 'last chance before health' prices.
      On my way out Tuesday evening, the unwatchable Tom Cruise was in a unwatchable Egypt zombie pile-o'-rubbish, Wednesday evening was another unwatchable Tom Cruise nonsense about aliens.

      Seven minutes of my life, gone. [barfs vigorously]

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    8. At least Tom wasn't in a Black African Empire using magic to prosper movie, so give him that anyway.

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  4. Well, at least post collapse the crossroads mercantile trading posts will be a little more down to earth, literally, than the box corporates. "Hop-Sing" the crafty merchant may have tribe sources for things, and be a bartermeister with you for goods. Let the deconstruction begin.

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  5. I never had a credit card or atm card to be able to use a red box. I guess I'm not missing much. Did watch a squirrel for a half hour before I roasted him over the coals. Entertainment and a snack.

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    1. I'm lucky to rent three or four movies a year. Pure crap out now. Did you watch the squirrel alive before killing him, or his dead decaying flesh?? Kidding! :)

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    2. Long ago in anther life I met a lovely older couple from Minnesota or thereabouts, who were (well he was) into precision pellet guns. He'd snipe squirrels off of his roof, and she'd prepare them; her recipe involved first frying them then deboning and baking, or was it the other way around?

      Guns are fun but traps will keep you fed. Out where you are, Jim, you can set up traps for all sorts of small critters then it's just a matter of recipes. An old edition of The Joy Of Cooking will have those covered.

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    3. I'm watch the squirrels for entertainment, and don't really like the taste. But I had to declare war because they are stealing the good acorns, so I roast and eat one every night where all the rest can see, to inspire fear and show who the alpha predator is. Great way to pass the time.

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    4. Alex: hunger is the best sauce, and the worst critter should taste better than the best soy recipe
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      DG: squirrels, to me, come off as cocky and taunting. I think you have a good plan to whittle away their attitude.

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    5. re:
      squirrel snacks

      Were vehicles involved?
      Pavement and a flat-blade shovel to deposit it straight into the skillet?
      I can see it now... literally hours of engaging entertaining family fun.
      I suppose wagering is part-n-parcel of the procedural process. I know I would.

      In Oregon, possum are born flat.
      Did you know that?
      True fact.

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    6. Don't make me break out the "true facts" box of surprises!

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  6. Hmm, thinking. Maybe all the nonsense, combined with merchantilistic shennanagins, will cause a societal shift using wharehousing and A.I. to eliminate storefronts of all forms. Your house will have a loading dock at spec height with a refridge and freezer portals as well for robot deliveries. Total compound hermitage, things would be looking good from there.

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    1. I still see AI was propaganda and wishful thinking. And why would we go to a delivery system that used MORE energy? Not the direction we have been going for fifty years. Not saying you aren't on to something. Just that it would have to use LESS, not more energy to succeed. At the very least, cost you more and them less money.

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  7. Good stuff. You're right - in town here Wal-Mart is considered fancy. (thinking)

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