We paid 50 cents for it. Mark it up 30 percent, and that's it. No matter what you pay for it, if we get agreat deal, pass it on to the customer.' And of course that's what we did."It was a little frustrating there for a while, being out on our own. In addition to no basic merchandiseassortment, we had no real replenishment system. We didn't even have inventory books like we had withthe Ben Franklin stores, where if necessary you could simply look over what you needed and order itfrom Butler Brothers, then price it accordingly. We had no established distributors. No credit. Salesmenwould just show up at our door, and we would try to get the best deals we could. Sometimes it wasdifficult getting the bigger companiesthe Procter & Gambles, Eastman Kodaks, whoeverto call on us atall, and when they did they would dictate to us how much they would sell us and at what price. P&Ggave a 2 percent discount if you paid within ten days, and if you didn't, man, they took that discount rightoff. I don't mind saying that we were the victims of a good bit of arrogance from a lot of vendors in thosedays. They didn't need us, and they acted that way. I never could understand it. To me, it always seemedlike a customer was a customer, and you ought to try to sell them what you could. if we both sell the same goods for the same price at retail, we'll earn 2 percent more profit than they willright there. Truth be told, discounting attracted mostly promoters in the beginningpeople who had been in thedistribution center business or who were real estate promoters, guys who weren't really even aspiringmerchants but who saw a huge opportunity. You didn't have to be a genius to see discounting as a newtrend that was going to sweep the country, and all kinds of folks came jumping into it with all fourfeetwherever they could arrive firstCedar Rapids, Iowa, or Springfield, Missouri, it didn't matter. Theywould take a carbon copy of somebody's store in Connecticut or Boston, hire some buyers and somesupervisors who were supposed to know the business, and start opening up stores. From about 1958until around 1970, it was phenomenally successful. 鈥淚 was coming to see you, Miss Tulliver; you have anticipated me; I am glad you did.鈥? 鈥淢y house is yours, mother, always,鈥?he said. 鈥淵ou will come and let me know everything you want; you will come back to me.鈥? 日本一区不卡高清更新二区_男人的天堂_日本高清一道本二区三区 Col. Most strange! most unaccountable! Have you any guess what was in the bundle? MARGARET GILLIAM. FIRST BOSTON: 鈥楾here are plenty of poor in Amritsar, as well as Batala. I went to Mrs. Clark鈥檚 yesterday, at the large Mission House. In her garden were quantities of poor folk; between three and four hundred, counting children. A Catechist preached to them first; and then a great number of chapatties, a kind of thick flat cake, of very simple make, with a small quantity of dal, was handed round and distributed. Adults had two chapatties each; children one. Mr. Clark had had a Brahmin to cook, for Hindu beggars would not otherwise have liked the food, and Muhammadans do not object to a Brahmin鈥檚 cooking. Station-people subscribe to help in the distribution of this food.... TO W. F. T. HAMILTON. "Then he says: 'Tell me what's wrong. What am I doing wrong'