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Consumerism meets marketing; who and what manipulates the free market of good and services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
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20 Facts About The Great U.S. Retail Apocalypse That Will Blow Your Mind

20 Facts About The Great U.S. Retail Apocalypse That Will Blow Your Mind | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

If the U.S. economy is getting better, then why are major retail chains closing thousands of stores?  If we truly are in an “economic recovery”, then why do sales figures continue to go down for large retailers all over the country?  Without a doubt, the rise of Internet retailing giants such as Amazon.com have had a huge impact.  Today, there are millions of Americans that actually prefer to shop online.  Personally, when I published my novel I made it solely available on Amazon.  But Internet shopping alone does not account for the great retail apocalypse that we are witnessing. 


In fact, some retail experts estimate that the Internet has accounted for only about 20 percent of the decline that we are seeing.  Most of the rest of it can be accounted for by the slow, steady death of the middle class U.S. consumer.  Median household income has declined for five years in a row, but all of our bills just keep going up.  That means that the amount of disposable income that average Americans have continues to shrink, and that is really bad news for retailers....


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One of the ways the class warfare of the wealthy will hit them back -- in the wallet.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 9, 7:08 AM

Challenges ahead for retail, mostly based on the disappearance of good paying jobs for middle-class Americans.

Diane Dennis's curator insight, April 9, 8:27 AM

How we shop for goods and services shifts to your marketplace, the internet. Own it.

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Taxpayers, stadiums, and sports socialism

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Taxpayer funded construction of sports stadiums is rarely an investment that generates enough revenue to justify the expense. Lawrence O'Donnell calls it the...
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Bad socialism

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A good week for bad socialism

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With the passage of the Farm Bill and America's annual celebration of Super Bowl Sunday, it's been a good week for some of America's worst kinds of socialism. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell explains in his latest Rewrite.
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Oppose Efforts to Pass the Marketplace Fairness Act

Oppose Efforts to Pass the Marketplace Fairness Act | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

On May 6th, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed an Internet sales tax bill called the Marketplace Fairness Act. If this bill is allowed to become law, it would require many online sellers to collect sales taxes nationwide from the more than 9,600 tax jurisdictions. Additionally, sellers would face the prospect of being audited by tax collectors from far away states. The legislation was pushed through the Senate without meaningful hearings to give small businesses a chance to express concerns or an opportunity for Senators to amend the bill.


Unfortunately, the bill’s supporters and their lobbyists may be trying to bypass the regular legislative process and sneak this bill into law by attaching it to an unrelated federal budget bill in the months ahead.

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