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well yes and no, Drew...  remember that Mall-Wart, B&N and similar chains often run a new store at a loss for 1 to 3 years in order to undercut all local retailer prices and drive the smaller retailers out of biz, then restores prices to their national average.  and that the cheapness of their goods is predicated on near-slave labour in estremely undemocratic China...

so the "fairness" with which they compete for the dollars of consumers (who may themselves have been impoverished by the foldup of American manufacturing and the rise of monopoly ag) is dubious.  yes, it's short sighted of the locals to cooperate in the pithing of their own state and county and town economies;  but the poker game is somewhat rigged as well.

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Tue Feb 28th, 2006 at 07:49:04 PM EST
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