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Offline Peter Drouin

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Re: When You Buy From a Small Business
« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2014, 09:18:56 AM »
Most our major farm implement dealers have been bought out or franchised with others to more or less monopolize their retail sales in tractors, combine cotton pickers; repairmen now get $110.00 @hour labor. Most my neighbor farmers are 5000 acre plus. So, what chance does the small medium sized farmer have with large dealers...none. What is competitive are winter farm implement auctions.

Rare is the neighbor-farmer to give a helping hand, most roll and blow by so fast, and not a nod or wave. I've one farmer who is so arrogant,, his tractors, planters, and big spray-rigs use one of our fields for a turn-row, and fill-up area. He may come by later in the season and say,"if we ever do anything you don't want, we'll make it right!" ha-ha...I catch his drift.



If I did not want him to do that I would have a talk with him. no_no boxingsmiley
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Re: When You Buy From a Small Business
« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2014, 09:38:45 AM »
I buy all my gas at the local station. I tried to do the same with the former owner but after 5 or 6 times of him being out of fuel or closed for a few days because he was out I started filling up when I was passing through neighbouring towns. He went under and we went for almost two years with the closest station 5 miles away in the direction I don't normally go so a round trip of 10 miles sometimes before you go to work. I pass cheaper gas all the time but only buy a bit if I am going to run out. I like having a local station and I think that ultimately we kill our own little towns by trying to save a bit of money that we can afford to spend.
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Re: When You Buy From a Small Business
« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2014, 10:26:31 AM »
Most our major farm implement dealers have been bought out or franchised with others to more or less monopolize their retail sales in tractors, combine cotton pickers; repairmen now get $110.00 @hour labor. Most my neighbor farmers are 5000 acre plus. So, what chance does the small medium sized farmer have with large dealers...none. What is competitive are winter farm implement auctions.

Rare is the neighbor-farmer to give a helping hand, most roll and blow by so fast, and not a nod or wave. I've one farmer who is so arrogant,, his tractors, planters, and big spray-rigs use one of our fields for a turn-row, and fill-up area. He may come by later in the season and say,"if we ever do anything you don't want, we'll make it right!" ha-ha...I catch his drift.



If I did not want him to do that I would have a talk with him. no_no boxingsmiley

One of my principles is to always try and keep good neighbors. I think I had reported on our Tree Farm, a neighbor cut the property line fence, cut many of our young pine from a field, made shooting lanes &  blinds, and baited with corn, salt blocks and other type feeders. Obvious, all they had to do was shoot the turkeys or deer and drag about 200 hundred feet to their home. Of course I had a talk with them, denial, "we just love to see wildlife", I said, well, there's going to be several foresters, and game wardens and like, working our timber very soon. The neighbors cleaned it all up, at least they wave at me now.

But the farmer, he would never trespass on me if I was present, always when I'm elsewhere.

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Re: When You Buy From a Small Business
« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2014, 10:51:14 AM »
I do 90% of my fuel business and 100% of my saw supplies in my hometown.  Fuel is slightly more expensive but he also buys his own home heating wood and firewood bundles for the store from me.  The saw shop has the best prices around and he also buys his firewood from me.  I get as many maintenance parts and oils as I can from the Car Quest in the town north of us.  They're very good to deal with.  We do have a local NAPA but he never has what I need when I need it and I'll just say I don't appreciate his sense of humor.  All that said if I have the opportunity to get something for less elsewhere I will  ;) ;D
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Re: When You Buy From a Small Business
« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2014, 10:51:55 AM »
The small local stores are all fine, and I try to utilize them when it's feasible......  but one thing you have to remember is that when you walk into that big store, you're also looking at "locals" that work there. If it weren't for that store, they wouldn't have a job. Something to keep in mind.  I also know from experience that alot of those big stores provide a better job for their workers than a small store can, with benefits, etc.  Don't get me wrong...I'm all about the small town stuff...I'm one of them....but I'm also about looking at the bigger picture too.  Our youngest daughter works at Walmart.... I sure get sick of hearing how terrible they treat their empoyees...from everyone that doesn't work there.  She makes a good wage, and has health insurance...something she wouldn't be able to have at a smaller store. So please, don't be so quick to badmouth the big deals, as they aren't always a bad deal in my opinion.
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Re: When You Buy From a Small Business
« Reply #25 on: November 16, 2014, 11:42:05 AM »
I go out of my way to help out our neighbor business'.

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Re: When You Buy From a Small Business
« Reply #26 on: November 16, 2014, 01:43:29 PM »
That's why I buy local when I can, and not from the big box store, even if it's a bit more $$.  The big box store doesn't care about you, your family, how xyz piece of equipment is running, etc.


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