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12 hours ago, A Smug Dill said:

I have a feeling you'll keep shifting your goalposts or change the scope of applicability of your earlier assertion to suit your narrative

You have a feeling.  I have the practical experience of having personally conducted over 34,000 interviews with small business owners and corporate heads (including Patagonia) in the western third of the USA on behalf of a major nonprofit business advocacy organization... over a 17 year period. I can't say any more than that in this public forum but suffice it to say that I am not theorizing.  There are market trends in play that have fundamentally altered retailing and will continue to do so.  Major metropolitan areas do have a higher concentration of wealth otherwise they would not be major metropolitan areas.  My reference was specific to "local retailers" and the fate of that aspect of free enterprise.  Corporate stores are not local retailers in that context.  As to goalposts, mine are anchored in concrete.

 

Regards, 

 

Cliff

“The only thing most people do better than anyone else is read their own handwriting.”  John Adams

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5 hours ago, Bristol24 said:

You have a feeling.  I have the practical experience of having personally conducted over 34,000 interviews with small business owners and corporate heads (including Patagonia) in the western third of the USA on behalf of a major nonprofit business advocacy organization... over a 17 year period. I can't say any more than that in this public forum but suffice it to say that I am not theorizing.  There are market trends in play that have fundamentally altered retailing and will continue to do so.  Major metropolitan areas do have a higher concentration of wealth otherwise they would not be major metropolitan areas.  My reference was specific to "local retailers" and the fate of that aspect of free enterprise.  Corporate stores are not local retailers in that context.  As to goalposts, mine are anchored in concrete.

 

Regards, 

 

Cliff

Sounds as if the goal posts truly are firmly anchored in "reality".

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On 9/11/2021 at 10:53 AM, Mysterious Mose said:

The salesman discouraged me from getting an Aurora 88.  He said it's overpriced.

 

For this model I highly recommend going vintage. 88's have been around since (I think) the early 50's, and the earlier hooded nibs were a lot more fun to write with (bouncy, responsive) than current models (which tend to be real nails). Also vintage models will almost certainly be cheaper. 

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A vintage 88 had once been on my wish list....but over the years fell off.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

 https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,..Bock nib factory.

 

The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.

 

 

 

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