One of Deus Ex Machina's favorite games has always been Monopoly. I won't play with him, because I hate the game. I think it's boring, and I really hate that the goal is to bankrupt everyone else. I just think it's awful that we have a "game" that promotes the idea that we should be striving to be ultra rich and plunge the rest of the "population" into abject poverty. I realize it's just a game, unfortunately, this particular scenario is playing out in real life, as my most hated shopping venue has poised itself to crush the competition.
I'm not particularly insightful, most of the time, but I've read enough about this particular company to know that I don't like the way they do business. Sure, business is about making money, but I wonder why we can't just get along. I wonder why it has to be such an all or nothing attitude with this company, and I wonder why so many "consumers" continue to support this company that believes it can be all things to all people.
I used to like the convenience they offered, and then, I realized that I preferred niche stores. I liked going to a place where the employees knew the product they were selling, because their store offered a particular type of product rather than the whole gambit of every product under the sun. There's nothing more frustrating than needing a particular item and being faced with too many options, and not having the benefit of a knowledgable individual to help me make the choice.
Certainly, I do some research before I go, but I often lack the vocabulary necessary to convey what it is I'm looking for. I know what it is I need, but I can't express it in a way that a minimally knowledgable individual can understand.
It's like the time I went to the hardware store to get parts for my clothesline. The guy who was "helping" me didn't know from squat. I ended up buying a brass ceiling hook. Stop laughing. I wanted something that wouldn't rust.
Unfortunately, a brass ceiling hook isn't made to support the weight of a load of wet bluejeans and towels. But you knew that, which is why you're laughing. *I* didn't know that, and apparently, neither did he.
The thing is, in the case of that company, when its employees only get minimum wage, and those employees often move from one part of the store to another, and the store is attempting to provide one-stop shopping regardless of what it is the "consumer" seeks, there is little chance of developing any specialized knowledge.
Eventually the numbnuts, who advised the purchase of a brass ceiling hook for use with a clothesline, will learn that using a brass ceiling hook for attaching a clothesline is an inappropriate use for that particular hardware, and he'll suggest the appropriate type of hook.
Or he'll quit working at the hardware store and go to work for that company where he doesn't need to know anything.
It just bothers the hell out of me that some day, I may have no choice, but to shop there ... or to not shop ... which is what I will choose.
If you care at all about having options, please don't shop there, because if you do, then you are supporting a company whose owners and CEOs believe as Milton Bradley, that the only good competitor is a dead competitor, and frankly, that's not what our economy needs.
In the end we'll have that company and the government.
Won't that be a sad day?