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In Reply to: RE: Oh please! ... posted by Inmate51 on June 13, 2017 at 07:17:28
"We need a bigger house, but I don't know how we'll ever be able to pack all this stuff!".
And I have taken that as an invitation for reply. I know you didn't mean it, but here goes.
Most people have not been in business and do not know how it is. First of all, all costs must be considered and that includes the rent or whatever else service on the building in which you house your items. This can become significant in a one shop brick and mortar. It is like you are paying rent on everything you hope to sell. In fact at high volume places, every inch of shelf space is pretty much auctioned of to the fastest selling items.
But you are paying one way or the other, maybe rent, or possibly debt service on buying the place, not to mention heating, AC and whatever else. And if you a "floorplanned" then there is interest.
Every day you are in business costs you money. And don't think that online stores just get off for free. Sure they do not have to pay the nice looking boys for salesmen, and a few other things, but someone has to still pull and pack that order and get it down to UPS or whatever. that still costs money.
In the final analysis, being online instead of having a B&M does save you a few bucks, but it is not the be all and do all for everything. For one some people like to see and feel what they buy beforehand. (or hear) What's more is that it does not work all that well for food. I like to see and feel every piece of meat before buying it. I avoid buying meat on the street. They always came to the bars and I bought it now and then, but I never thought I got a really good deal. Sure it was half priced but it was only worth half as much.
Edits: 06/14/17Follow Ups:
I was replying to Dave_K's comments about getting married, having kids, buying a house, belongings multiplying, etc., not to the B&M vs online models.
But, to your points...
That was a very good and reasonably concise summary.
I've spent a lot of time in B&M retail, a couple were great and some just, well, you wonder how they stay in business (in fact, some of them are out of business or got bought out because someone saw the handwriting on the wall.) Remember Playback, Computerland, and CompuShop? I worked at 'em all, and two of the things they had in common were: Costs were too high, which made margins inadequate longterm, and, they failed to keep up with the changing buyer wants and needs.
Remember the Mindset personal computer? Probably not. Search back to 1984. CompuShop had the brilliant foresight to pick up the product because - drum roll please - the CompuShop owner and the Mindset owners used to work together at Sears. The product died within a year. But I still have their little promotional digital desk clock - and it still works! Hahaha! How's that for irony!
Well 51 you do seem to have a grasp of it, many do not.
But the world is changing, and your new toys are going to be arriving via UPS or whatever. It is time to get used to it.
Brick and mortar are more for places where I buy steaks and can see each one of them before buying and pick the best ones of course. Or maybe restaurants, places like that. But really, I need a 75 foot CAT5 cable, I don't need to go to a store. I just need some guy to roll off that much footage and crip the connectors on. I do not need their packaging and marketing costs added in. I got prices from like seven bucks to forty. If one can do it for seven bucks, why is the other one forty ?
You know why and I know why and we all do not want to pay it.
Yeah, I tend to agree about buying food. Even though there are online ways to buy from local grocery stores and have it delivered, I want to choose my stuff (THIS zucchini, not that one!). Besides, I need to get out.
I've spent several vacations in Europe, primarily Switzerland, and saw how people bought their groceries. They'd go to the store virtually every day, rather than the typical American way of stocking up for the week and just picking up odds and ends during the week. 'Course, they (in Europe) do it that way because electricity is expensive and, for the most part, they don't have large refrigerators (also because many apartments and even homes are rather small-ish. I got into the habit from that experience and still go the grocery store almost every day. I cannot imagine ordering lettuce, zucchini, apples, bananas, steak, seafood, etc. online.
Other stuff, I can go either way. I'm fortunate to have an Altex Electronics 2 miles away, and a Fry's Electronics 10 miles. Besides, like I say, I need to get out. But it's probably been 10 years since I bought a book or DVD at a B&M store. One thing I DON'T do is to go see or audition an electronics component and then go buy it online from somewhere - that's skanky.
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