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Dollar General

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:56 pm
by Leisher
Wants to attract wealthier customers.

Step 1: Change your name.
Step 2: Maybe make your stores NOT look like they balong in Bahgdad...in late 1990.
Step 3: Stop selling cheap shit.

This is a true story:
A Dollar General opened up on a busy street in Toledo about 1 year ago. They built the building from the ground up. It is between two major intersections separated by half a mile (I just measured it). At one of the intersections sat a Family Video, which is now being converted to a Dollar General. The newly built Dollar General sits 75% of that half mile away.

I hope a third location opens up between them.

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Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:08 pm
by Leisher
Dollar stores help to keep minorities and the poor down.

This is very true. I watch minorities try to walk past them only to be forced inside at gunpoint to buy cheap shit and unhealthy food.

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Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:41 pm
by Vince
We sit between two towns about 5 minutes in each direction. One has about 2k people. Two gas stations (one with a wide array of gas station foods), two restaurants (one which is open only for breakfast and lunch), one grocery store and one dollar store. In the other direction there's a town of about 750 with two gas stations, one restaurant and opening soon... a dollar store.

Many of these little towns can't support a regular grocery store. If not for the Dollar Store. they'd have nothing at all. Cuts down on the number of trips to larger neighboring towns. And provides some competition to the once grocery store in the area to help contain prices.

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Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:42 pm
by Leisher

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Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:28 pm
by GORDON
I'm generally not a fan of artificially inflating prices in order to keep a mom-n-pop in business.

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Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:35 am
by Leisher
That's a fair point, but at what point is Dollar General considered to be cheating the system and a negative for a community?

This isn't a mall coming in to offer everything the mom and pop offered, but doing so cheaper and more conveniently.

This is a company actively making an effort to saturate markets to choke out existing businesses, prevent new ones from coming in, and offering crappy products. They're actively preventing a free market from existing.

It's nice to say consumers have a choice, but they really don't. Sure, some of us can boycott, but there are too many other people who need that convenience, cheap prices, or are simply ignorant of how supporting Dollar General actually hurts their shopping power. Their purchasing power fuels these supersized 7/11s, which in turn, hurts the power of those boycotting.

Two, maybe three, years ago I honestly couldn't tell you where the closest dollar store was to my house. I can now think of 5 immediately, and 3 of them are Dollar Generals and all are within 5 minutes of my home. 2 of them are, literally, separated by a 20 second drive.

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Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:04 am
by TheCatt
Leisher wrote:Source of the post This is a company actively making an effort to saturate markets to choke out existing businesses, prevent new ones from coming in, and offering crappy products. They're actively preventing a free market from existing.

It's nice to say consumers have a choice, but they really don't. Sure, some of us can boycott, but there are too many other people who need that convenience, cheap prices, or are simply ignorant of how supporting Dollar General actually hurts their shopping power.

Your argument seems to be "The free market is leading to prevention of the free market"

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Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:39 am
by Leisher
Not really, but the free market absolutely allows for someone to destroy the free market. That should be avoided.

I was more ranting about how more unethical businesses can take advantage of the free market, and take advantage of consumers, to circumvent actual competition and eliminate it. Like the dollar stores, the Epic Games Store, etc.

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Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:40 am
by TheCatt
Leisher wrote:Source of the post the free market absolutely allows for someone to destroy the free market. That should be avoided.

It does, and it probably should.

Leisher wrote:Source of the post I was more ranting about how more unethical businesses can take advantage of the free market, and take advantage of consumers, to circumvent actual competition and eliminate it. Like the dollar stores, the Epic Games Store, etc.

Amazon?

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Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:46 am
by Leisher
TheCatt wrote:Source of the post It does, and it probably should.


That's where I struggle. I'm a firm believer in a free market, but I also know that a completely free market would inevitably get overtaken by someone who would ensure the market wasn't free. That's what I feel dollar stores are doing, but on a more local basis.

TheCatt wrote:Source of the post Amazon?


and Microsoft and Apple and Google and so on...

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Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:39 am
by Vince
They will over saturate and someone will come in with something new and different to eventually take them out. The free market system is creative destruction cycles. Are these same people complaining about the Starbucks and avocado toast bar saturation in hipster areas? Those are like dollar stores for assholes.

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Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:25 am
by TheCatt
Vince wrote:Source of the post Are these same people complaining about the Starbucks and avocado toast bar saturation in hipster areas? Those are like dollar stores for assholes.

lolol

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Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:02 am
by GORDON
I'm formulating a theory that carrying around Starbucks cups, and Apple products, is pretty much just a mating strategy. "Hey, look at my superficial and colorful plumage."

That shit doesn't fly when there's more predators than which most people usually have to deal. Then they get jacked, painting a target on themselves like that.