Cheapest Is Not Always The Best
American citizens are buying their merchandise from chains and
multinationals because the small and medium sized businesses are continuously
forced to close.
- Most smaller
sized businesses have great difficulty competing with the lower prices
large corporations can offer in many industries.
are taking control and eliminating the chances for small and medium sized
businesses to compete and even startup anew in many industries within our
Americans are working harder for less income. This is causing stress and
anxiety levels to reach critical stages. It is causing havoc on the
families in our society.
The Growth Of A Business And
Compromises Made to Control Markets
Most people are familiar with Wal-Mart, so this will be used
for the following example – they should be large enough to handle constructive
a Wal-Mart store opens, smaller and medium sized businesses in the area,
and often in the whole county are forced to close. Bulk purchasing has
incredible benefits in producing lower prices which commonly brings in
tells their suppliers what they will pay for the merchandise they want to
sell in their stores. If Wal-Mart management considers the costs are too
high from stateside suppliers, they go overseas to purchase their
merchandise. At the same time, because so many companies are moving their
operations to third world countries, it is getting more difficult to find
also sends out employees to other local stores to make sure they have the
lowest prices in town. That is a legal business practice, but ethically,
it is not showing due respect for other local businesses that are not in a
position to afford to buy the massive bulk purchasing that Wal-Mart can
command. If a business can afford lower prices and still make an honest
buck, just do it! Lowering your prices just because another business chooses
to make less is just plain rude.
most large chain retail businesses bypass American companies to increase
their own money making, bottom-line strategies. One of the main
differences is that many companies do not give stateside suppliers an
ultimatum as Wal-Mart currently seems to do – many other businesses simply
go straight to their foreign suppliers.
is steadily selling more merchandise purchased from foreign markets.
are developing massive expansion throughout America
and around the world which is great business.
are accountable for a large share of the total household purchases made in
which is tremendous.
- But are
their current strategies conducive to the purposes for which Mr. Walton
started the stores? Were not low prices just part of the reason? Was he
also a proponent in benefiting our American enterprise, our workers, our
wholesale suppliers, our local communities and our economy?
The local Wal-Mart in my home town expanded into a 24 hour
superstore – a grocery store and other departments were added and other
departments were enlarged. We have 4 main grocery stores in town.
is seriously talking about closing.
other one besides Wal-Mart has a loyal customer base and may be safe. That
grocery store was locally owned, and over the years they expanded
throughout the state. As of two years ago, all their stores were bought
out by a national conglomerate chain business. They still call the stores
by their original name which is a strategic tactic in takeovers in an
attempt to retain customer loyalty.
local smaller businesses have been closing in areas where Wal-Mart
expanded their various departments.
Was not Mr. Walton’s motto, to sell merchandise that was
“Made in America”
and nothing else, and to sell the merchandise at reasonable rates? I wonder
what he would say if he could see what his stores are becoming? I wonder if he
would find the same principles used when he was in charge?
Chain And Multinational Businesses Are
Shutting American Small & Medium Sized Businesses
Big businesses are in every one of our towns. It is a
nationwide takeover and is causing a debilitating epidemic within our economy,
business sector, and way of life, not only in rural America,
but in every town, city and state of our union.
Our production, manufacturing, textiles, customer services,
technical support and many other industries are vanishing for third world
countries. The large companies that left our shores want us buying their
merchandise, but obviously they do not want us making and producing their
merchandise for them; they basically want our money - not our workers.
Americans were buying heavily in the second half of 2003 and
into 2004. Much of what we bought came from China
and other third world economies. It appeared that American companies were not
hiring. Actually they were hiring a lot of workers, but they were hiring
overseas workers through outsourcing and relocation. Technical advances and
streamlining also caused some job cutbacks.
The Chinese government told Harley Davidson they could sell
their motorcycles there only if they would manufacture them in China.
There are other American businesses that get the same treatment. Our
politicians do nothing about it except talk or ignore it.
These movements are not at all conducive to what America
stands for, believes in and represents. These tactics have nothing to do with
real and balanced trade.
We are allowing injurious and distressing economical abuses
upon ourselves and we must stop it immediately as a people because our
politicians are obviously not doing their assigned responsibilities and duties.
small business sector continues to disappear from our American landscape.
It is suffering severe and deadly tolls. Many are opening up a new
business only to find out a few months later they cannot effectively
outlook for more of our independently owned and operated American
businesses of every size continues to look grim.
chain and multinational businesses continue to expand further into our
American fabric, more of our smaller and medium sized businesses will be
forced to shut down.
We Must Analyze The Whole Picture To Grasp On To,
And Understand The Real Direction And Imminent Dangers
Of Our American Economy And Lives
Lower prices in a nation with a higher cost of living are
not conducive to the prosperity of such a nation. When the people of that
nation are not manufacturing or producing much of their purchased merchandise,
it makes it that much more lethal to that country’s success.
A disturbing number of towns and distressed cities do not
have enough money to pay for necessary local governmental services.
supplies are becoming more contaminated.
treatment plants are lacking necessary funding for needed repairs and
sources have become outdated and are not conducive to a healthy
environment. These are just three of the basic staples of local community
living. Various services have been eliminated because of our present
economy and the diminishing value of our dollar. If we persist to go in
our current direction, conditions will only worsen.
roadways, bridges and much of our basic nationwide infrastructures have
become outdated and need serious renovation and/or replacement.
smaller communities are forced to endure more serious repercussions than our
trend is steadily building its way throughout our entire American
- We cannot
keep running down the quality and efficiency of our private lives, our
local communities and our nation at every level.
Not Even A Fair Chance
Individuals that are attempting to open small businesses
today are being shot in both legs before they even make it out of the gate.
Hoops To Jump Through
In Starting Up A Business
In Our Present State Of Affairs And Economy
bureaucratic regulations and other red tape absurdities.
to compete with multinational conglomerates and other huge chain
businesses that can afford bulk purchasing and undercut the prices of any
multiple strains of our present economy.
high cost of marketing and advertising.
insurance and liability expenses.
increasing costs of the lease of building space, other start up costs and the
various monthly expenditures in doing business, especially a brick and
diminishing value of our dollar.
Americans have less to spend; have limited or no actual wealth and are
running out of credit.
Individuals have far less than a fighting chance to even
make it through six months of business because of what our politicians and top
positioned bureaucrats have brought upon us citizens.
Within the first year in a new business most people find
themselves devoid of their savings because it all went into their business.
Others find themselves heaped to their neck in loan debt with a struggling
business to pay it off. More people are finding themselves in both
predicaments. This is a crying shame! The politicians have put in place a
system that is not conducive to what America is all about and are making life
extremely difficult on most of us.
are leaving our local communities to line the pockets of upper management
within chain and multinational companies. Our local people need this money
to maintain our cities and townships.
desperation for jobs, local governments are often drastically reducing
taxes due to large businesses that want to set up shop in our local
communities. The local taxpayers are forced to pick up the tab when they
are already pressed beyond measure. These huge companies can afford to pay
their own share of the taxes considering the low paying jobs most of them provide.
are allowing our own demise as a successful industrialized nation because
we are not coming together to sustain our reasonable and common goals. Our
divisions are devastating all our lives.
independently owned and operated businesses and jobs are disappearing from
our towns, villages, cities and suburbs. We cannot afford to let this
Case In Point
My home town has taken a terrible beating from manufacturing
plants moving their operations outside our American borders and also from
foreign competition invading our shorelines. Almost 900 neighbors were
basically abandoned last year from one of the factories that sold us out to
foreign labor and low environmental standards.
This pot and pan company was here for over 100 years. Now
their parent company produces their products outside of America
and ships the merchandise back here for retail profits. Surprisingly, some
local stores still carry their product line. The same story is being told in
every city throughout our nation.
Their prices have not gone down much, but the company now
pays the smallest percentage for their manufacturing and production. It is not
difficult to figure out where the extra profits are going. It is obvious these
companies do not want our labor - just our money. Unemployment pushed over 10%
in the first part of 2004 in our community.
But What Can I Do?
it is a Catch 22 for a growing number of Americans. Many families have to
watch their pennies in their purchases of household necessities because of
the high cost of living, out-of-control taxation, the cost of war, personal
debt, national debt and our trade deficit.
people are forced to shop at discount stores and purchase merchandise that
is made overseas just to help make ends meet.
corporations can afford very effective marketing campaigns. Their
advertising makes it appear as if they are doing a great service for our
people by opening their stores in our local communities and delivering
Let us be real - they open their
stores in our communities because they know they can turn a significant profit.
They offer low prices because they can afford to and still make a substantial
income – they have to remain competitive. Most people like to shop in person
instead of mail order. We are their income. That is why they are in our
communities. They go where the money is.
When companies say they came to
your neighborhood to improve your conditions, they simply want you to feel
indebted to them. In turn, you will increase their profit margins that much
more by bringing them your business. If they give to local programs, these are
write-offs to them. True and pure motives are becoming more difficult to
locate. The low pay full time positions, part time, temporary and seasonal employment
many of them provide are not enough to take care of their employees that have demanding
medical premiums, stiff taxation and full time bills to pay.
can only lose so many businesses and reasonable paying jobs before we do
not have enough money to pay our own bills, our infrastructures, our
individual livelihood and our American way of life. Many of our
infrastructures are breaking down. Frequent repairs are becoming nothing
more than band-aid fixes.
quality of life for more of us is deteriorating.
parents have to work at different times to make sure one can be with their
children. Hiring daily babysitters or daycare are becoming unaffordable
expenses for many families. Such conditions do not leave much time for
reasonable and basic romance or a strong and stable family environment,
even though we do the best we can.
devastations reach a certain point, it becomes extremely difficult to
bring conditions back to normal and acceptable levels. Many people are
forced to suffer needlessly because we fail to pay attention to what is
really going on. Our media fails to report many stories we need to be
informed of. At times, we fail to take a stand for what is needful and
quality and nutritional values of our foods have seriously diminished for
the purpose of lower prices and to increase shelf life and profits. This
in turn is producing enormous health complications and runaway medical
quality merchandise produced from third world technologies is increasing. Instead
of high quality, lasting merchandise, we are being inundated with
short-lived and throw away electronics, equipment, clothing and other
goods. This is causing overwhelming conditions for our landfills.
quality warranties and reduced customer services are becoming commonplace
in most market industries. Often it takes more time to get customer
service to function than the actual value of the faulty item that has
caused you problems. Often we are treated as if we have nothing going on
in our life but to be jerked around by an unresponsive customer service
system. Of course, the ones in customer service are just following orders
from upper management. If they want their job, they have to follow orders,
regardless how unreasonable they may be.
Americans are earning less and cannot afford the somewhat higher prices
smaller sized businesses are forced to charge.
some people it is just more convenient to shop at the larger sized retail stores
when price may not even be an issue. Many smaller stores cannot afford the
variety that the larger stores can provide.
is costing our nation irreversible complications in numerous areas of
American life. In many instances convenience is overriding local and
Just To Compete
- For America
to stay competitive with third world production, lower grade materials and
substances are being used.
are earning less.
families are finding themselves struggling every day.
and anxiety levels keep climbing to more dangerous levels. Illness and
disease keep escalating.
in the workplace continue to go up.
and patience are running out for many of our hard working citizens.
cannot continuously keep buying more merchandise from foreign businesses
and expect to keep the American way of life at a reasonable level.
every piece of merchandise that is purchased from a foreign supplier, that
is one less article an American worker can make.
citizens are rightfully becoming uneasy, and a good night’s rest is
becoming more difficult to obtain.
lifestyle we and our forefathers and mothers sought and struggled so hard
to achieve is steadily fading away.
certain ways we are hammering the nails into our own economic coffin. It
is in our collective power and ability to turn every one of our deficits into
- We as
a people will have to either accept less of a life, or make serious
alterations in our spending habits, attitudes, the way we conduct business
among ourselves in America
and also around the world. We can either return to steady progress, or
continue to deteriorate as a nation. Our problems have become bigger than
our various levels of government. Every single one of us must actively get
involved, get more educated, pitch in and do our rightful share if we want
to regain the prosperity of our nation as a whole.
- If we
refuse to respond now, we will be falling into that very difficult stage, where
rebounding will be a most trying and severe undertaking.
a state will bring about a lot more heartache and misery than anyone wants
to be forced to endure. It is already producing serious tolls on many of
our family members and neighbors.
government cannot keep indiscriminately running the money press, allowing
the value of our dollar to keep going down.
need to seriously look at what we are doing, and what we are not doing. We
have to find what will work and what is not working. We must then totally
focus on what must be done to regain our strength and stability.
equation is very simple. When people earn less, they can only afford less.
there is less money to spend, we are not able to do as much.
Instead of thriving as a nation, we are lowering
ourselves, which means our standards will have no choice but to go down.
you want to eat, you have to work.
you want to work, you have to take what is available, regardless of the wage.
you do not want a certain job, someone else will certainly take yours.
you do not pay your taxes, you will be fined and/or locked up.
you do not have enough to pay your personal bills, you will live in substandard
housing, or worse yet, out on the streets. Most people living in these
conditions never thought it would ever happen to them. And so the story goes…
It is the American Spirit to succeed. It is time to revive
this Spirit in each and every one of us. Are you willing to do your reasonable
duty, so America
can regain its financial footing? We have no choice but to do so.
Do Not Bite Into The Lie
Some people allowed themselves to be convinced that one
person cannot make a difference in this world. Too many people think they are
the last person that could do such a feat. Throughout history and to this day
we have countless individuals who take the challenge and do certainly impact
the lives of others in wonderful and fulfilling ways. If you are not one of
them you certainly can be. Your decisions have a ripple effect in the lives of
countless people whether you realize or accept this reality. You do make a
difference for better or for worse. Which testimonial do you want for your own
life? How do you want to be remembered? The choice is definitely yours.
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