Thanks to everyone who read, liked and reblogged. This has been wholesome and I am glad I’m not the only one who is going through this.
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A lady asked me how much it cost to make her a purse of a well known style in cotton fabric of a particular design and colour.
£35 - I said.
She said she thought that was a bit dear for a purse.
I asked her how much she thought it would cost her to make one then.
She thought about £10 as you can get similar in Primarni for £8
OK, so for £10 do it yourself I said
Her reply was - I don't know how to.
I said for £10 I'll teach you how to. So besides saving you £25 you'll get the knowledge if you ever want to make another.
She seemed pleased and agreed.
OK I said, you'll need a machine, cutting mat, rotary cutter, rivet press and the pattern.
Oh well..... I don't have many of things and I can't justify buying all that just to make one purse.
Well then for another £10 more I'll lend you my stuff to you so you can do it at my house.
Okay, she says.
Great, I replied, come round on Tuesday afternoon and we'll make a start
Oh, I can't come on Tuesday I'm having my hair done!
Sorry, but I'm only available Tuesday to teach you and lend you my stuff. Other days are busy with other bags and purses.
Bugger, that means I'll have to miss my haircut.
Oh, I forgot, I said, to make one yourself you also have to pay for the sundry costs.
Now she's confused – what on earth are they??
Fabric search time, electric, wear and tear on the machine, blades for the cutter etc
She looks at me and says – but that's ridiculous you can absorb all that cost as you are charging me to borrow your stuff.
I could, I said, but I'm not spending time looking for the fabric you need you can do that yourself – you need 3 fat quarters of fabric, buckram, woven interfacing, non woven interfacing, a lock, rivets and matching thread.
So she then says - I've been thinking, I think I'd rather pay you the £35.
It's too complicated to make one for myself, it wouldn't be as well made and it would cost me a hell of a lot more than £35.
When you pay for a hand crafted item, you pay not only for the material used, but also:
Only by knowing all the elements necessary for the production of a certain item can you estimate the actual cost.
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“We Are Closed”
Thank you Biden. I’m so glad that you find the need to smother small businesses in favor of multinational corporations. I’m so glad you think that just printing money (Much like all democrat politicians seem to) is the answer to every problem. I’m so thankful that you getting elected has resulted in our economy crumbling around us, where gas prices will reach $6-15$ a gallon. Where Milk will cost $8 for a half gallon. Where bread will cost $6 for the off brand.
Now for those still reading let me make something clear. Biden was to worst case scenario to be elected. Trump contrary to popular belief was not a fascist. Fascists don’t get “voted out”. Fascist also rule with absolute authority. And the media lied about him and smeared him relentlessly. Does that mean I liked him? No it doesn’t. But the economy boomed under him. Now all that’s going on is us waiting for hyper inflation.
So to the TITLE of this post. “We Are Closed” is trending 3 in the US on Twitter. And most of the tag is a bunch of entitled Americans, whom think everything should be a right for them. Our parents and grandparents often times had to work 2-3 jobs just to make it. And did that suck for them? Yes it did. But here is what you need to understand. Small town jobs exist. Small city chains exist. Mom and Pop shops exist. And a lot of you are out there saying they should not be allowed to exist. And let me explain why you are a moron.
Small Business Running Expenses etc:
Rent for Building (The better the location the more the rent)
Cost for Resources (Groceries, Silverware, Raw Material for products your business makes, cleaning supplies etc)
Cost for licenses to operate (Several in some cases)
Cost for any and all Inspections needed to open and continue running
Cost for any repairs and renovations
Insurance on your business and anything it possesses and sales
Costs for Security Measures
Salaries to your employees
Costs for Advertising
Things they don’t tell you about running a small business
You still have all of your own bills to pay (Rent, property tax, food, health insurance, family, car Insurance, gas, city/state/federal tax, etc)
You will probably need a loan to even open a business
You will likely be paying off that loan for years and will be in debt most of if not the entire time
If you are competing with fast food chains or multinational store chains you will either fail in the first 2 years or you will barely keep your head above the water.
In short, I get miffed when entitled little shits complain that they should not work because unemployment is paying them more. YEAH BECAUSE BIDEN IS A MORON. He is the one extending the unemployment bonus. And do you know why I hate everyone saying, “Well if your business can’t afford to pay living wage then you have a shit business model and shouldn’t be running a business anyways.” BECAUSE IT’S STUPID. So basically what you are advocating for is for Walmart, Target, and Amazon to get much MUCH bigger than they already did during lockdowns. Meaning their top brass line their pockets a LOT MORE. Meanwhile we devolve down to a system to only allows multinational businesses to exist, creating monopolies. “Hur dur you can always start a new business you just have to pay your employees $50 an hr hurdur”. You. Are. A. MORON! Do you think Walmart went global in a day? A month? A year? NO. It took years to decades for them to become what they are today.
Also let’s go over the myth of “Minimum living wage” as a broad standard.
How much are the taxes where you live? City, State, Federal? Ok how much is the house you live in? The apartment? The condo? The colonial mansion? Notice a trend there? No two people at the same job are gonna have the exact same bills. Maybe I’m a single male, no kids, living in a condo. I don’t get sick often and I eat very little. What do my bills look like? OK, now I’m a Single mother of 2 living in a 2 bedroom apartment, my family eats a lot, the kids are constantly sick, they go through clothing very quickly and add school to that.
Do you see what I’m getting at? Businesses can’t just PAY what ever the highest possible denominator is because they would go bankrupt. Minimum living wage as a broad scale is a fallacy. Each person has a minimum living wage but they can’t just pay each person that either because people will grip when they are getting paid less than other people. And it’s discriminatory, and it also incentivizes the workers to live in the most extravagant places possible. So consider this for a second. When businesses have to raise minimum wage they often cut hrs or layoff workers/cut down their work force. To that end the decision you meet is this:
A: Pay 20 people $10-$12 and hr
B: Pay 5 people $15-$16 an hr (and layoff 15 people)
Because that IS the option. 20 people with money even if it’s not the most they could have. Or 5 getting paid “living wage” and 15 with no money and no jobs. *And before the commies or socialists come in talking mad shit, NO, your systems don’t work. They can not ever work outside of 50 people or less, with near iron fisted rule. So kindly screw off.*
Oh and another fun fact you don’t seem to realize. Walmart actually will force retirement on to people after 15-20 years because they don’t want to pay out the amount of money those individuals make. I’ve personally seen it happen. Meanwhile the top 20% of the business and it’s shareholders are getting more and more rich because of entitled little shits who just don’t want to work. Then you all have the nerve to shit on businesses that are likely to DO their best to take care of their employees, mostly because it’s still small scale and you get the best out of your workers when you take care of them. (Not to say it will always happen but more often than not it does)
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