SW10, CONTEST: August 2010 #1: Predecessors

Scott Eiler seiler at eilertech.com
Tue Sep 28 12:28:49 PDT 2010

On Sep 28, 10:29 am, Andrew Perron <pwer... at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 28 Sep 2010 03:35:57 +0000 (UTC), Scott Eiler wrote:
> > On Sep 26, 7:13 pm, Andrew Perron <pwer... at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> On Thu, 23 Sep 2010 23:37:20 +0000 (UTC), Scott Eiler wrote:
> >>> In the United States, grocery stores are planning to close their major
> >>> branches in September. There is still some produce to live by in
> >>> farmers' markets, but the corporations of the Western world do not
> >>> want Internet photos of Communist-style queues for produce.
> >> Wait, what?  Does negative publicity *really* outweigh the profit that
> >> they'd get from staying open - not to mention, y'know, the *starvation*?
> >> Or am I just massively understanding here? `.`
> > I haven't considered the economic interplay in that much depth.  But
> > it seems to me, in a time of high unemployment, relatively low gas
> > prices, and food shortage, people will move where the food is.  This
> > in turn will enable farmers to deal more directly with the public.  I
> > think at least one supermarket chain will close, and they'll state the
> > reasons I mentioned.
> Ahhhh, so it's more that the supermarkets are losing customers than it is
> PR stuff.

It's kind of a combination of the two.  Plus a general lack of food
and an occasional riot, of course.

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