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#1 posted 08-06-2012 12:31 PM

dhazelton – At those prices for that “quality” doesn’t it prompt you to go out and buy the machinery to make your own in any kind of wood or pattern you want?

bobsmyuncle – Absolutely true today as back then.

Peter Oxley & Lenny – It all boils down to location, location, location. You need a locaton where people who can afford quality can find your products. I live in an EXTREMELY ecconomically depressed area people here cannot afford anything I can build. Case in point my wife wanted a stool for the kitchen I knew exactly the style she wanted so I knew the best materials for the job and I guessed exactly the finish she wanted even though she KNOWS what I prefer to do. Well the stool cost me about $30 for materials and paint (yes paint she wanted it RED!). Now if a customer comes off the street I would have to, at a minimum, at minimum, have to double the price. The people here cannot afford the $30 let alone anything more so they go buy a cheap plastic one for a few dollars it brakes, they get hurt and go buy another one. Now my stool even in pine as it is I am wondering which of my sons or grandkids will get it when we are gone. If it wasn’t for “dollar stores”(read in cheap C———e crap) these people would have nothing. Personally I have always lived by the saying “A poor man cannot afford to buy cheap shoes” I apply this to all areas of my life.

And an added thought – “Give a man a fish he will eat today. Teach a man to fish he will eat everyday.” These people here have been on social services for multi-generations and have no idea of work ethic, quality, skill. They have no urge to learn skills that will improove their lives. A local teenager stopped by my shop the other day and asked if I could fix his bike. He said it had been sitting around the basement for years and he couldn’t use it. I said ok even knowing I wouldn’t make any money at it just being a good neighbor and doing my “Good Turn Daily”. It took about 5 minutes to fix and when I was done the teen said “How did you do that?” My reply was “Knowlege, skill and tools” I left it at that hoping that that answer would prompt him to at least go to the library and read about bicycle repair.


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