Lets not split hairs here, a hare is a hare. And you would have to have a hare brain to not understand the importance of local businesses near you and in your area. Why should you visit a local mom and pop shop instead of that huge monopoly run business across the street in the much more attractive shopping center?
Lets put this in perspective here, did you know that if you were to buy sunglasses they would more than likely come from one business? “Stop right there!” you shriek at me. “I can go to a variety of different places to buy sunglasses. Why, I could go over to Sunglass Hut, or I could choose Sears Optical, or Target Optical, or Lens Crafters, or Pearle Vision if I so choose!”
Do you know what I would respond to you? Every single one of those options is owned by the same company. That’s right – no matter which of those stores you choose the same company is getting your money. This company is named Luxottica and they downright control the sunglasses market. They’ve even bought out most major brands like Ray-Ban and Oakley. Heck, they even make glasses for huge designers like Coach and Persol.
So I say to you, why not support a local business? One that doesn’t mark up their items by 300% of their costs. In fact, imagine a place where you can get a discount on almost anything! One such place is a pawn shop. Did you know that a pawn shop on 8 mile can save you over 50% on the purchase price of an item – depending on the discretion of the said shop? Don’t overlook these gems of a business.
A pawn broker can be seen as a poor man’s bank, that is actually nice to the poor man. Banks are rich and greedy, they care not about the consumer. Sure, they may run advertisements on television claiming to care about you – but do not be fooled. They care only about one thing – the same as Mr. Wonderful – they care about the money. And only the money. Do not be swayed by their propaganda. Think for yourself, do not let them think for you.
Look now for a ” pawn shop Detroit MI” and I am sure that you will find one. These places are built for the consumer and they are here to offer their services at friendly rates. Think about it, you can not negotiate with a banker – but you can negotiate and appeal the emotional side of a shopkeeper. They are not heartless robot machines like the banks, they are caring individuals who dedicate their lives to improving the community.
Everyone should embrace a pawn shop, as you will find one in almost every corner of the world. Some will call their business something else, but they always serve the same function. They are a necessary business that has been around for hundreds of years. Back in the old days they would barter and trade – essential functions of the brokers of pawn.
Hopefully this wasn’t too much of a history lesson, and hopefully you learned something about the evils of a near monopoly like Luxottica. Stay away from these corporations. They are nothing but trouble. Just like one William Smith said.
Thank you for reading this piece.