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    Quote Originally Posted by Megalodon View Post
    I don't know how dealers operating in the so-called brick-and-mortar shops can stay in business with the outrageous leases being charged. Turns out the way to make money is not to provide a service or sell a product but to buy commercial property and then really stick it to some poor dreamer (or another dollar store...) trying to make a go of it. Friends of mine who run a very nice used book shop are finally calling it quits after 28 years in business because they can't make enough to pay the rent.

    And of course, the cultural change away from coins, stamps, books (heck, reading itself...).
    Small businesses and downtowns are (sadly) a thing of the past. And those dollar stores are going up everywhere you look. Just recently in my hometown a service station went out of business, the building was demolished and now they're putting up a "Dollar General" in its place......just what we need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clad2Silver View Post
    Small businesses and downtowns are (sadly) a thing of the past. And those dollar stores are going up everywhere you look. Just recently in my hometown a service station went out of business, the building was demolished and now they're putting up a "Dollar General" in its place......just what we need.
    I've never stepped foot in one! My assumption is they just sell cheap chinese made ticky-tacky junk that is really not needed anyway. We've got them all over too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clad2Silver View Post
    Small businesses and downtowns are (sadly) a thing of the past. And those dollar stores are going up everywhere you look. Just recently in my hometown a service station went out of business, the building was demolished and now they're putting up a "Dollar General" in its place......just what we need.
    Those small family businesses served generations of customers and were a wonderful link to the past. When I struggled to find decent emeralds (even in NYC) for an engagement ring in 1979, my mother suggested a tiny jewelry store in her home town of Fall River MA. We went together. The jeweler remembered my mom from when she was little and told us how her father, my grandfather, came to the shop in 1922 to have an engagement ring made for my grandmother. He even remembered taking out a selection of garnets from which to choose to make that ring way back then. We were talking to the man who made the ring 57 years earlier. So this ancient jeweler trudged off and reappeared with a selection of emeralds and explained that no customer had asked about them since 1958, so the prices would be reasonable. He made the ring in white gold, did a beautiful job and charged me about $100 total. So much more special than buying a ring at the mall...
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    I also agree that once us Boomers are gone, coin values, shows, classic car values, antiques etc...are going to fall like a rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megalodon View Post
    Those small family businesses served generations of customers and were a wonderful link to the past. When I struggled to find decent emeralds (even in NYC) for an engagement ring in 1979, my mother suggested a tiny jewelry store in her home town of Fall River MA. We went together. The jeweler remembered my mom from when she was little and told us how her father, my grandfather, came to the shop in 1922 to have an engagement ring made for my grandmother. He even remembered taking out a selection of garnets from which to choose to make that ring way back then. We were talking to the man who made the ring 57 years earlier. So this ancient jeweler trudged off and reappeared with a selection of emeralds and explained that no customer had asked about them since 1958, so the prices would be reasonable. He made the ring in white gold, did a beautiful job and charged me about $100 total. So much more special than buying a ring at the mall...
    That's a wonderful and heartwarming story. That's the way business was done by past generations. Back in the 1980's I was a salesman and made deliveries to various stores. One of my customers was an older man who ran Thatcher's Drug Store in the town of Easthampton, Ct. He'd owned the store for so long that he was able to sell liquor in it because he was grandfathered in to a time when it was legal in Conn. to do that. He was definitely "old school". One day I was making a delivery and the girl who worked the front of the store was checking the order I brought in to make sure that everything I charged them for was in fact there. Mr. Thatcher, who'd only known me for a week or so came from the back of the store and told the girl that she didn't have to check the order....just sign for it and pay me because to check an order would imply that I may be a thief. He then told her that he sensed that I was an honest man so there'd be no need to ever check my deliveries. A few years later Mr. Thatcher passed away and the drug store came under new ownership and of course all deliveries were checked.

    Quote Originally Posted by fistfulladirt View Post
    I also agree that once us Boomers are gone, coin values, shows, classic car values, antiques etc...are going to fall like a rock.
    They most certainly will because there'll be no one around to buy those things. Everybody will be robotic with their heads in a smart phone or other device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megalodon View Post
    I've never stepped foot in one! My assumption is they just sell cheap chinese made ticky-tacky junk that is really not needed anyway. We've got them all over too.
    I'm trying to figure out why a town needs so many "Dollar stores", Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's, pizza houses, and banks.
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    Another perspective : I have 2 small local coin shops within 15 miles of my home. Because of the types of coins I collect, a lot of times they just dont have what I'm looking for. I collect the tough date low mintage coins, 16D Merc, 93S Morgan, 16 Standing Liberty, you get the point, so many times I have to go to ebay. That being said, I will only buy a coin that is certified in the holder and not touch anything raw. This way, I can verify the certification on the PCGS, NGC websites and know that the coin is legitimate. All of this aside, I much prefer to go to a coin shop or show, so I can see and touch the coin I am looking for. For me, that is what the "fun" value is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clad2Silver View Post
    I'm trying to figure out why a town needs so many "Dollar stores", Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's, pizza houses, and banks.
    Dunkin' Donuts is definitely a New England addiction. We've got the usual assortment of cheap looking dollar stores - but the first DD in the county opened last month. And all these food places have drive-up windows and I always wonder: Are people too drunk all the time to stumble out of their cars into the store? Or are they not wearing pants?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megalodon View Post
    Dunkin' Donuts is definitely a New England addiction. We've got the usual assortment of cheap looking dollar stores - but the first DD in the county opened last month. And all these food places have drive-up windows and I always wonder: Are people too drunk all the time to stumble out of their cars into the store? Or are they not wearing pants?
    Probably so drunk they don't remember where they left their pants...….The only time I patronize a DD is when I'm out of town and there's nothing else. In my town we have a Baker's Dozen and it's my coffee/donut shop of choice because the place is spotlessly clean, the donuts are "full size" unlike DD's silver dollar sized donuts, the coffee is good, the counter people are all friendly and motivated, AND because I'm a senior citizen my donut is free with my coffee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trezurehunter View Post
    Another perspective : I have 2 small local coin shops within 15 miles of my home. Because of the types of coins I collect, a lot of times they just dont have what I'm looking for. I collect the tough date low mintage coins, 16D Merc, 93S Morgan, 16 Standing Liberty, you get the point, so many times I have to go to ebay. That being said, I will only buy a coin that is certified in the holder and not touch anything raw. This way, I can verify the certification on the PCGS, NGC websites and know that the coin is legitimate. All of this aside, I much prefer to go to a coin shop or show, so I can see and touch the coin I am looking for. For me, that is what the "fun" value is.
    I agree that buying the slabbed coins on eBay is probably the best bet because you know it's a legitimate genuine coin.
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