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#1 posted 08-27-2010 05:19 AM

I felt the same way when the Woodworking show came to Costa Mesa California. It was as if they reluctantly gave away booths to non-woodworking companies just to fill the room. (Sham-wow and kitchen cutting knives ect.) Personally I think it is several factors. One being the obvious of a slow economy. The second reason if I were to venture a guess is that most things can be bought on the internet with no tax and free shipping. (I don’t mean to make this a political discussion of paying taxes or not, just an obvious buying trend of today). If you are like me you look at the product and do the economics in your head. Paying for it here or waiting for a better buying opportunity. The companies see this trend too and are moving to the net. They can advertise and offer demonstrations on YouTube and sell their products and never have to stretch open a cardboard stand. As much as I hate to admit it, we are exiting the brick and mortar age and going electronic. (Sigh)

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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