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Old 12-14-11, 12:57 PM   #1
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Loving the recession.

Had a day off today and went shopping. Needed a jacket and went to one of our Famed Outdoor clothing specialist shops called "Millets". I know they are in trouble financially and they have discounted prices on a few Good brands. Picked up a Berghaus waterproof- windproof- breathable lightweight jacket for 1/2 price and a Cat Gillet for 45% discount. Both will be suitable for cycling and they look a lot more "With it" than my old codgers coat that I have been wearing for decent occasions.

Now where's that Pinarrello stockist that has to lose some stock?

Just a rumour but I heard that one of the big on line shops in the UK is in trouble and might be going under soon. But they are not Pinarrello stockist's
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Old 12-14-11, 01:34 PM   #2
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When I consider how much money I waste it depresses me.

I really should cancel cable and unplug the TV. A year ago I cancelled the sports package, but had to reactivate it for the TdF.

Just don't take away my iPad.
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Old 12-14-11, 02:22 PM   #3
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Funnily enough-I kept satellite for the wife and Eurosport. Initially for the TDF but they cover all the major cycling events. The only other technology I own is the computer and a Mobile phone that the rest of the family call a brick. But I Pads- I phones and apple macs do not have a space in my life.

I am not averse to buying new stuff but I have to require it and it has to be at the right price.

That Berghaus jacket makes it that I now have 3 waterproof cycling jackets. One is getting old and is losing the lining- The Goretex has suddenly shrunk around the waist this year so hence the Berghaus.
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Old 12-14-11, 03:19 PM   #4
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I always like to be as efficient as possible, and waste as little as possible. When times were good it was amazing the amount of waste that was happening. It has just toned down a bit for some people. It wouldn't hurt to have that trend extend a bit.
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I always like to be as efficient as possible, and waste as little as possible. When times were good it was amazing the amount of waste that was happening. It has just toned down a bit for some people. It wouldn't hurt to have that trend extend a bit.
No, no, no! We need people to continue spending money they don't have on stuff they don't need so the economy improves to create jobs so people can pay off the bills for all the stuff they bought.
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I'm out of work.
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Yeah, not much to love when so many people are hurting.
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Funnily enough-I kept satellite for the wife and Eurosport. Initially for the TDF but they cover all the major cycling events. The only other technology I own is the computer and a Mobile phone that the rest of the family call a brick. But I Pads- I phones and apple macs do not have a space in my life.

I am not averse to buying new stuff but I have to require it and it has to be at the right price.

That Berghaus jacket makes it that I now have 3 waterproof cycling jackets. One is getting old and is losing the lining- The Goretex has suddenly shrunk around the waist this year so hence the Berghaus.
I hate it when that happens!
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I have to admit that I am very guilty of being one of those wasteful spenders and impulse buyers. We have been lucky that I have only been laid off work twice, since being married, where I didn't get another job within a few days or within a week. My salaries have always been more than most and we have done more than our fair share of wasteful spending in the past. Now that I am retired, my income has been cut in half so we are going to have to tighten up the belt a bit and bring the big item impulse buying to a halt. I was thinking of getting an N+1 next year, but it looks as if I will be riding my Defy for a bit longer. My wife and I did buy ourselves an iPad for Christmas this year and I think that will be it for a while.
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Like a recession? Really.... ?? Kind of a cold thing to say when people are out of work, especially during the holidays. This is nothing to joke about.
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I'm out of work.
So am I after 20+ years with the same company.

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I sincerely doubt Stapfam meant anything whatsoever by his title. Need to step back and take a breath everyone.

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Whether he meant it or not it's something he should have thought of before posting it. Reminds me of my kids: "I didn't MEAN to do it".
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Whether he meant it or not it's something he should have thought of before posting it. Reminds me of my kids: "I didn't MEAN to do it".
If you are offended by this- Then hard luck

It was meant in the manner I wrote it and not the way you are interpreting it in.
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Whether he meant it or not it's something he should have thought of before posting it. Reminds me of my kids: "I didn't MEAN to do it".
If we take this line of thinking too far we end up with all sorts of daft reasoning. Should we avoid talking about the new bike we just bought in case someone just lost their job and can't afford to fix their bike?

Personally I found the OP interesting, leaves me minded to pay Millets a visit and see if they've got anything I might be interested in having, nice and cheap.
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I am not offended in the least, or I would not have replied. I simply am not able to "enjoy" this period of lower pricing as I currently do not have an income. But that is my issue, and not anyone elses problem.

Trust me, if I could, I'd be doing the N+1 right now if I could!
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...getting back on topic.

Fewer competitors mean fewer sellers means higher prices. Enjoy lower prices now, once these sellers close the remaining sellers will offer fewer choices and higher prices.

Most overstock sales and inventory adjustments have been made. The pipeline is leaner already. I found it easier to build bikes 18 months ago, with better supply, selection & prices.

...supply & demand...
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Step - Don't think it is much different here but folks are just tired and are spending for the season weather they have $ or not. It is little fun being out of work & I too have been there before several times.

Can someone please explain to me why a constant stream of crummy news out of the Euro zone for several years has kept the Euro strong against the US dollar?

As to online shopping from across the pond. I am still waiting for the sleeves to my long sleeve jersey I bought from PBK.

Merry Christmas to all.
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Like a recession? Really.... ?? Kind of a cold thing to say when people are out of work, especially during the holidays. This is nothing to joke about.
Even in the best of times there are wars, persecution, people going hungry... If our minor recession provides opportunities, it's best to avail yourself of them, be glad about them, and wish everybody the best in the future.
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The Euro is still above the dollar, but it was down to $1.29 US as of yesterday.

I was out of work until about 18 months ago, and was planning a new frame. Ended up with a new fork instead ... Mrs. Road Fan was working and wanted me out pedaling and staying healthy rather than staying home and dinking with the Internet.

Here in Michigan some types of jobs are starting to resurge. Keep looking, and keep up some professional contacts. Some old friends might start looking out for you, as they did for me.
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Here in Michigan some types of jobs are starting to resurge. Keep looking, and keep up some professional contacts. Some old friends might start looking out for you, as they did for me.
I also returned to work this summer after a layoff one year ago. I agree, keep up with contacts. I was hired by a company I first interviewed with several years ago.
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Yes it is bad some people are in the hole but there are deals some can take advantage of. Our club ordered Jerseys ablut a year and a half ago and the best deal I could get was from a little company back east. It is time to contact the sponsors again and even our local Voler and Canari people are now offering custom jerseys at a bit more reasonable price. Sure some of the profit margins are smaller but maybe they should have been in the first place. But I have noticed a movement to get people to shop local. Now it seems like we can aford to. I understood the tone of the post as it was intended.
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The really unfortunate part of this depr-oops recsession(outside of the destruction of many families and the further stratification of classes), is that when this all shakes out, the only goods we will be able to buy, will be made in China.
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I don't know about all this recession business every where I go there's a line!
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When I retired ten years ago it never occurred to me that one day I would be in an advantageous position with a fixed income. But these days that's exactly what has happened. Pension and Social Security keeps me economically sound when people all around me are out of work. Imagine what the landscape would look like if Social Security and Medicare were abolished as some would like!
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