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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 01:57 PM

So DID Mitt Romney Really "Create Jobs" At Staples?

Did Mitt Romney really "create 100,000 jobs" with Staples? Simple answer: only if no one else was selling office supplies, stationery, etc. before Staples came along. What Staples did was force many competing stationery, office supply and computer stores out of business, probably shifting their employees into lower-wage jobs. Staples was just one more part of the Wal-Martization of our economy in the last few decades. In our system the wealthy few have the power to lay people off or force pay cuts and then pocket the difference for themselves. We have to come to grips with that, and fix the system.
As Staples grew it overtook competing chains like Businessland and others. In other words, Staples took business from other, existing stores -- often local retailers. Staples did not “create” jobs, it shifted office-supply jobs from local stores, etc., probably to lower-paying jobs. (The former owners of local businesses certainly were worse off from this.) They likely even lowered overall office-supply, stationery, etc. employment in the larger economy.

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silvershadow Oct 2012 #1

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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:52 PM

1. The big-boxing of the economy. Sad. There is virtually zero chance of a local business person


to compete anymore, in virtually any sector of the economy. Even if you compete on service, yadda yadda, customers by and large don't get it...They just want the lowest price, and if you can't compete on price, you can't compete. Now, I am not saying you can't compete, but that you almost can't. Certainly if you want any help from places like the SBA (I know, laughable, but humor me), while you probably won't be laughed out of their offices for wanting to compete in retail, when you work with them to draw up plans you will never get there by thinking you can just find a supplier to compete with the big-box stores. You can't. Period. That's why our local office supply store, which held on for 20 years longer than even I, an office afficiando, thought they should have, finally closed not long ago. The last one standing, of several that we had here in the 70's, just couldn't compete with Walmart, Office Depot, and Office Max. Office Depot couldn't even compete, so they are gone too. Now it's just the other two.

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