[Novalug] Why I no longer shop at Best Buy [was] Singing the Domain Space Blues
jays at panix.com
Mon Jun 11 23:44:19 EDT 2007
On Mon, 11 Jun 2007, Maxwell Spangler <maxpublic07 at maxwellspangler.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, 9 Jun 2007, Maxwell Spangler <maxpublic07 at maxwellspangler.com> wrote:
>>> What an ironic situation.
>>> Here a consumer is once again trying to get the lowest price for something
>>> and putting that above all else. Unhappy with not being able to get the
>>> lowest price, they are going to go.. where?
>>> By slowly but steadily seeking out the lowest price for things above all
>>> else, consumers in America have been slowly changing our society from one
>>> based on quality and values to one based on quick, personal satisfaction
>>> with the lowest impact on our wallets.
>> Jay wrote:
>> No. The issue is not foolish decisions by buyers. The issue is false
>> Tell the truth is, I think, one of the values you support.
> Jay's right and I apologize to Billy if he was offended or
> bothered by my recent post. I went back and re-read Billy's
> post in order to rethink things.
> I don't like the idea that consumers think it is OK to demand the lowest price
> all the time. A website price, for example, can be offered by a business that
> ships from a centralized warehouse in a low-rent area with efficient
> processes. Trying to buy that same item in your local area ignores the costs
> of shipping to get it there, the higher wages required of citizens in your
> community to stock it, display it, sell it, etc., and it ignores the high rent
> of physically having a store to sell it in locally. For all that convenience
> offered to Billy, it seemed a little silly to make such a fuss over $10.
> However, if bestbuy is going to have a website that caters to online shoppers
> and store shoppers, their prices and policies should be clearly stated. And
> I personally would rather have the store manager tell me that stores cannot
> match website prices for the reasons listed above rather than telling me to go
> home, print a page and come back with it.
> I'm on the other side of this issue these days, operating as a seller, running
> a restaurant that produces high-quality, made-to-order food instead of
> throwing more frozen chicken tenders in the fryer for a highly unhealthy but
> profitable meal. So I am weary of consumer attitudes that put low price above
> all else and don't seem to respect the hard work and efforts that businesses
> perform. Even those of Best Buy whom I do not like much...
> -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Maxwell Spangler
> Chapel Hill, North Carolina
I am for good food. And I am for the chefs, the help, and the
entrepreneur all getting decent pay ;)
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