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posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 07:43 AM
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Well here it is December 1st, 24 days till Christmas, and my business SUCKS !!

I'm a Meteorite-Jewelry-Gem dealer and have had the same web site business for the past 10 years, usually Christmas time is a huge boost to business with more then 300% increase in sales.. until 2 years ago.
My type of business is a good indicator on the health of the economy, why you ask, because what I sell is for people who have disposable incomes, extra money to spend on things they want but don't really need. Everyone has to Pay Rent, Buy Food, Buy Gas, Pay Utilities... but not everyone needs a Meteorite.
So 2 years ago business started to slow, 1 year ago business was Terrible, this year for the first time in the 10 years history of my business it's now costing me money to run it. November is suppose to be a big Christmas buying time with huge sales increases... this year total sales for the month of November have been only 6 sales for a total of $165... yes you read that right $165 for the month.So the domino effect has started, as my sales fall I stop buying inventory, as I stop buying inventory others will stop buying their inventory and so on and so forth.
Soon I may have to go the way of millions of other small businesses and have to close up shop, a sad thought but that's the reality of the state this country is in. So not only will I lose the business I built 10 years ago but the Government will lose my business taxes, which will only add to the downward spiral of this country.

So there's my story in a nut shell.. Merry Christmas to all !!




posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 08:09 AM
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Sorry to hear about your struggles. It's the new reality for sure. I had a 10yr marketing consultancy business back in 2007 when the government/wall street asshats tanked the economy. Several of my larger clients were retail chains and ad agencies. Within a year clients were forced into bankruptcy or huge contractions of their businesses. I watched my annual revenue go fomr about a half-million down to around$12k. In a span of abut 18mos I was out-of-business and unable to fid a job. We came that close to losing our house. I was putting diesel into our oil tank 5gal at a time to keep minimal heat on in the house.

What frosts my ass the most was the Spring 2008 pronouncement by then President Bush and candidate John McCain that 'the fundamentals of the economy were souond'. I figured, well hey, maybe I can weather this storm. Yea right... fundamentally sound my ass. Then I watched everyone getting huge bailouts for their screw-ups and we were left swinging in the breeze. I feel for you my friend. I'm impressed you made it through the crap-storm this long.

BTW, are you on eBay?



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 08:12 AM
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i know it's like it's a wonderful life at the bank run part
potter's not selling...he's buying
welcome to potterville



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 08:15 AM
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I am so sorry you are having such a hard time, but hey do like some people do in my neck of the woods, most of the gas stations are run by the same family from India, when they face hard times they just close the stores fall for bankruptcy and open again on different names in the same family, it seems to work for them because they are still in businesses, I guess here in my state the small business loans for this type of local business favor minorities.

Still you are not alone, I have many friends with local small businesses and they were very taken by the fact that black Friday was so not as what they were expecting this year compare to last year.

I don't shop on black Friday never, but I love the after Christams sales.



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 08:20 AM
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Sorry to hear that bud. I am also in business but in a completely different field. From where I sit, I am seeing things look up in big ways and if I understand markets, it is only a matter of time until you will see it in the merchandise and retail ends...so don't give up hope just yet.

Jewelry and such are generally going to do much better when people feel more comfortable and have disposable income. For the last few years, the average person has been bombarded with negativity and because of that, they are holding on to their money.

But there are a couple positive indicators that the MSM doesn't talk much about.

The housing prices in most areas are starting to squeak up a little.

There are more help wanted ads. There is something like 3 million decent paying, unfilled jobs. They say it is because of skills and education, but people are starting to do things about that. If I understand correctly, trade school and tech school enrollment is up...this is a good thing.

The stock market continues to be good, bobbling at or near the highest levels ever.

The GDP is still growing in a positive direction at +2%. That is not where we would like to see it, but it is far-far better than retraction.

Interest rates are still very low. If you have the credit rating, now is the time to borrow capitol for any start up businesses or expansions. It won't stay this low if the economy suddenly springs to life in the first quarter of 2013...as many think it will.

Just a few things. Don't be hard on yourself and don't give in to despair. You made it through the dark night and dawn is coming...hang in there!



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 08:26 AM
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I would like to check out your website. Not sure if it's possible to post it here without violating the sites T&C. Would you be willing to send me a link in a private messsge?


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posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 08:48 AM
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Originally posted by Jeremiah65
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Sorry to hear that bud. I am also in business but in a completely different field. From where I sit, I am seeing things look up in big ways and if I understand markets, it is only a matter of time until you will see it in the merchandise and retail ends...so don't give up hope just yet.

Jewelry and such are generally going to do much better when people feel more comfortable and have disposable income. For the last few years, the average person has been bombarded with negativity and because of that, they are holding on to their money.

But there are a couple positive indicators that the MSM doesn't talk much about.



Sorry to be a downer, but I need to correct your assertions on economic improvement.

First, housing prices... Like the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), the books are cooked. The BLS hides unemployment by simply dropping people from the rolls and claiming that they've "Stopped looking for work" and are not counted as part of the work force - which is utter crap! The Case-Shiller Index does the same thing. It stopped taking into account housing stock reclaimed by the banks. As a result, short-sales and foreclosures are only included if a third-party buyer is involved. The bank-short sales are not counted, making the numbers look better. Add those back in and home sale prices are actually continuing on a downward trend.

The majority of those 3 million jobs you refer to are low-wage positions. Yes, there are still areas where there is a demand for certain skills, however there is almost no assistance for those willing to get an education to retrain themselves. As a result, you can expect most of those positions to remain unfilled, as they have for the past 5 years!

The stock market looks good because the banks - who won't lend! - are putting the federal government's largesse into stocks and bonds artificially propping up the market. This is due in large to the fact that the change in rules for banks requires that they hold more in deposits versus loans. Ergo, more investing, less lending! That means less money in circulation to even stimulate economic activity.

GDP is keeping pace with inflation - there is no REAL growth. In fact, once you correct the BS formula that tracks inflation (They're removed food, medical and utilities from the formula), the economy is still contracting.

Next, I don't know who the "many" are that think the economy is going to magically spring back to life in Q1 of 2013 - the Obama voters maybe??? - but most economists agree that there aren't a whole lot of positive economic indicators. In fact, consumer spending is down dramatically! And banks... they're not lending!

I'm continually surprised by people who still believe that economic prosperity is right around the corner. Where do you all buy your Kool-Aid??? Obamacare is set to bankrupt a whole lot of employers or require them to cut back on employment dramatically. Every medium-sized business has just been DIS-incentivized to grow lest they be saddled with this egregious burden. Tax rates will increase for the majority of the EMPLOYER class, causing them to reign in spending and investment. Obama is planning on reducing payments to doctors and hospitals for Medicare/Medicaid - that is his solution to cutting spending! You can't simply decide to pay someone less for their services and expect them to continue to offer those services at a loss. We're seeing it already with massive numbers of doctors and hospitals no longer accepting Medicare/Medicaid patients and others simply leaving the field altogether.

Nope, things are poised to get FAR worse than they are now.
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posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 08:56 AM
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How unfair that you had this dream and built up this business with sound business practices, only to have it fade from fruition due to reckless governing beyond the scope of your influence.

I knew the TV newscasters were lying to me last Monday. I could tell by the desperate way they kept repeating over and over again, their hollow message. Basically the gist of it was: "Despite the economy, people came out in record numbers on Black Friday, and online sales for Monday hit record high..." They used this sound bite during commercials before the news came on, and they used it during the news to say, "Later in our show..." and "When we come back from commercial break..."

Seriously, I heard the exact same sound bite 6 or 8 times in one hour. The actual 'news story' about it only lasted about 30 seconds, but the message was thrown at the public repeatedly and I know why. Because it is a LIE but they WISH it were true. They think if they can convince the listeners that everybody else is out there spending money like no tomorrow, then all listeners will jump online or in the car and shop like crazy.

That said, I wish that would happen to your business- people shop like crazy at it, but I just was saying you confirmed that the newscasters were desperately lying. I rarely watch the news. Unless I want to know what the sheeple are being fed.

Best of luck!
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posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 09:10 AM
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I am with you guys- Its pretty horrible out there.

My Wife has been a restaurant manager for years (at high to middle end eateries) and her last "real job" was running a Country Club/Golf coarse bar and Grill. It closed down and ever since then the best she has been able to find is petty Waitress jobs with poor tippers and terrible hours.

-At this point she is not working (after the petty Job she was working closed its doors as well) and for the last Month she has applied EVERYWHERE and gotten nowhere.

Now, her Work history is impeccable, she has a College degree, fantastic references and has received awards for her work- And Mcdonalds has not called her back.

-Right now we are fortunate since I make enough to pay the Bills- But that is about it. its looking to be a very lousy Christmas. We are considering walking away from our Home and moving out of State seeking work- As horrible as that is, it may be our only chance at this point.

-That said- I am waiting to hear back from a job which (if everything is on the up and up) will pay me close to the most money I have ever made in my life (and with possible Overtime I will exceed anything I have made yearly)- IF this pans out we will be fine... But Choices need to be made quickly because time is running out for us and we are very, very close to packing it in and trying to "follow the jobs" even though we will lose everything (even our credit.)

-Its that or we will stay here and slowly Pawn everything we own just to eat.

Good luck everyone.
edit on 1-12-2012 by DarKPenguiN because: called a "golf coarse" a "Gold coarse"- Freudian slip =)



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 09:29 AM
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You are entitled to that opinion based on the info you are able to secure. I don't generally trust any of the "media releases" as all the info is cooked to generate a pre-determined response. Sometimes it is to create enthusiasm and other sources to generate despair...

I never mentioned the unemployment numbers thank you very much...everyone knows those numbers are screwed. But the 3 million jobs I mentioned are not retail sales...they are "skilled" jobs that are going unfilled..and as you say...have for years. People are going to trade and tech schools to learn how to do them. Whether there is aid for them or not is irrelevant. If you want to get somewhere, you have to invest in yourself. If you are waiting for a white knight to ride up and throw an education and a better standard of living at you...you are an idiot...not going to happen.

My main opinion is based on what I see around me. How people are living and shopping...

I see housing prices raising and on the markets shorter amounts of time. I see more work coming across my desk than I have in the last 4 years. People spent more on "Black Friday" than they have in years...another positive indicator.

I also believe, you get exactly what you expect to get. If you expect to fail at something...I can almost promise that you will.

I was trying to give the OP a positive view from where I sit. You can wallow in depression and misery if you wish, but I have lots of work and lots of prospects for more work and that makes me a happy person.



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 09:33 AM
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Every small business that I know of right now is doing GREAT. Actually, all of them are doing better than ever right now to be honest. Maybe " Meteorite Jewelry" is something that is not desirable anymore. Was it EVER DESIRABLE at all anyways?


I seriously doubt that this type of business is a "good indicator on the health of the economy". More like a fad at one time that lost steam as it doesnt seem all that interesting at all to anyone other than the geeky Star Trek folks and nutty alien folks who think that this jewelery may be from their "home planet" or something delusional as that.


Even if I were SUPER WEALTHY and ran out of things to spend money on, I think I would honestly buy a left-handed screw-driver (totally useless) or a bucket of smelly armpits (for the laughter) before I bought some meteorite jewelery.


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posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 09:37 AM
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Originally posted by Jeremiah65
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You are entitled to that opinion based on the info you are able to secure. I don't generally trust any of the "media releases" as all the info is cooked to generate a pre-determined response. Sometimes it is to create enthusiasm and other sources to generate despair...

I never mentioned the unemployment numbers thank you very much...everyone knows those numbers are screwed. But the 3 million jobs I mentioned are not retail sales...they are "skilled" jobs that are going unfilled..and as you say...have for years. People are going to trade and tech schools to learn how to do them. Whether there is aid for them or not is irrelevant. If you want to get somewhere, you have to invest in yourself. If you are waiting for a white knight to ride up and throw an education and a better standard of living at you...you are an idiot...not going to happen.

My main opinion is based on what I see around me. How people are living and shopping...

I see housing prices raising and on the markets shorter amounts of time. I see more work coming across my desk than I have in the last 4 years. People spent more on "Black Friday" than they have in years...another positive indicator.

I also believe, you get exactly what you expect to get. If you expect to fail at something...I can almost promise that you will.

I was trying to give the OP a positive view from where I sit. You can wallow in depression and misery if you wish, but I have lots of work and lots of prospects for more work and that makes me a happy person.


Sure, SOME jobs fields are doing better but the vast majority are not- Also, it is very "area dependent" (i.e. the 7th best place to find work in the nation is Ann Arbor Michigan but the rest of the State is in ruins. 30 miles away in Jackson Wal mart isnt even hiring for Holiday help.)

The Job I (hopefully) will get is at a Shipping Yard. They are obviously doing quite well in this area since they hiring people and offering damn good money- I could start at around $16/hour (which is insanely good to start) with guaranteed overtime. What are they Shipping? hell, I have no clue because people here are not buying or selling or producing very much but evidently they have a boom in Shipping- Personally I could care if I get the job.

Overall the jobs that are created are either highly skilled (like the ones in Ann Arbor which are going to many foreigners) or very low end. At least in my area.

BUT- If you are willing to pack up and move (we are) you are correct that there are places with more work than people. It just sucks to have to lose your home and leave the City/Town you love to move a place you really do not want to go just to find work.



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 09:40 AM
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Jeremiah,

I understand and respect what you were attempting to accomplish with your post. I feel for the OP as I am a small business owner as well. My business is going quite well, but only because I possess a skill in a niche business that has high demand.

All of that said, your PERSONAL experience doesn't mirror the bigger picture. Whereas there are pockets of success (You and I both fortunate enough to be in them), they are not consistent with what the majority of Americans are experiencing.

You can look up all of the evidence I've cited - it is easily found. Take the time to look at the BDI (Baltic Dry Index). This has been an economic indicator used by the worlds largest and most successful investment houses for decades. BDI tracks the shipping rates for goods and raw materials around the world and it is at it's lowest point ever and still in decline! This index indicates what economic activity will look like in 6 to 12 months - and it's not good.

When looking at what the government is doing, or not doing, to aid in the economic expansion you will see a very scary picture emerge. I have several rather large clients who have told me confidentially that they will need to curtail expenses in 2013 to prepare for the healthcare mandate, the tax increases to be imposed in 2013 and the increased regulatory burdens placed upon them.

I am a realist who attempts to use empirical evidence to measure how the economy is performing. The data is not good when one takes the time to look beyond the smoke and mirrors used to distort reality. The best thing we can all do is to keep our chins up and fight hard every single day to make today better than yesterday. I wish everyone all the best during these difficult times.



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 09:40 AM
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Sorry to hear it. Things here have been getting much better with new buisness openings and people I know owning buisness doing well again. Jobless rates have improved a great deal. The only down side still seems to be the housing market, that is still bad.



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 01:47 PM
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Originally posted by RocksFromSpace
Well here it is December 1st, 24 days till Christmas, and my business SUCKS !!

I'm a Meteorite-Jewelry-Gem dealer

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Soon I may have to go the way of millions of other small businesses and have to close up shop, a sad thought but that's the reality of the state this country is in.


First off...Cool Business!!

Secondly...the Jewelry business as a whole takes a bigger hit in a down economy. Luxury goods are the last to fully recover from recessions. It's a hard purchase to justify as it has not utility.

I have a hard time considering Meteorite Jewelry as the "state of the country"...it would seem a poor economic indicator for obvious reasons.

If I was in your business...I would suspect supply prices had also fallen? Maybe stockpile while prices are good and see if you can wait it out until the economy recovers more?

Or scientific purposes? I know universitites pay pretty pennies for Meteorites? Maybe broker a bit in the research field on the side?

Sorry that you are in an unusually vulnerable field.



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 02:33 PM
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The stock market looks good because the banks - who won't lend! - are putting the federal government's largesse into stocks and bonds artificially propping up the market. This is due in large to the fact that the change in rules for banks requires that they hold more in deposits versus loans. Ergo, more investing, less lending! That means less money in circulation to even stimulate economic activity.

Banks are lending to small businesses. The main problem is that most small business borrowers do not credit qualify because they are already up to their eyeballs in debt and are barely surviving.

Also, businesses are reluctant to borrow given the uncertainty with health care legislation and how it will impact their bottom line. They are also reluctant to borrow given the recession. Companies that are doing well are holding tight, building up their cash reserves, and being very cautious about hiring. Things are better than they were back in 2008-2009, but we still have a long way to go.

A lot of small business owners tell me that when the economy does rebound, they will do better than ever because they are taking market share from competitors that have gone out of business.

Banks are being very selective about businesses to which they might lend. Credit is tight, but still accessible for those companies that are still strong. Cash flow, market demand, time in business, collateral, and most importantly, the character of the borrower, are all still relevant factors in business credit decisions.



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 02:44 PM
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Originally posted by oper8zhin
Every small business that I know of right now is doing GREAT. Actually, all of them are doing better than ever right now to be honest. Maybe " Meteorite Jewelry" is something that is not desirable anymore. Was it EVER DESIRABLE at all anyways?


I seriously doubt that this type of business is a "good indicator on the health of the economy". More like a fad at one time that lost steam as it doesnt seem all that interesting at all to anyone other than the geeky Star Trek folks and nutty alien folks who think that this jewelery may be from their "home planet" or something delusional as that.


Even if I were SUPER WEALTHY and ran out of things to spend money on, I think I would honestly buy a left-handed screw-driver (totally useless) or a bucket of smelly armpits (for the laughter) before I bought some meteorite jewelery.


Way to comfort someone, hopefully this never happens to you.

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posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 03:25 PM
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Here's an idea, kinda weird.....

Have you targeted schools? We are preparing for a study on rocks and minerals next month, and I would LOVE to have a piece of a meteorite to show my students. I think you'd be surprised at how many teachers would feel the same.

Is there a way you can show your wares at your area schools? Maybe an email campaign with samples? I'm not a business person, but it seems worth a shot.

Could you U2U me your website address? I'll pass it on to the teachers I know and my bro-in-law, who's a huge geologist and loves all things rocky.

Hugs to you,
Smylee



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 05:08 PM
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Thankyou for not making me type all that! I totally agree. I also hear that the banks are only reporting their assets and hiding their liabilities! Yes it is far worse then any of us can imagine! I don't see interest rates ever increasing
because of the detrimental effects it would have on the US interest rates on monies borrowed by the federal government! I also see bond rates will soon be tanking causing another downgrade in the US credit rating but only if the federal government allows Moodys and S&P to report this, which i doubt! People that actually believe the economy is coming back and spending are the only reason why things are not worse right now but the truth is food prices are about to go through the roof especially meat because of all the drought in the west and feed prices increasing cattle owners were forced to slaughter their cattle keeping the cost of meat down but now that has ended we will see meat increase in cost! This will cause people to supplement with other foods causing those prices to rise! I can go on telling you people more and more bad news but why bother! We are about to see a very serious depression happen probably over a very short time! Causing credit to contract, more banks will go under and marshal law will happen as a result of food riots due to asterity measures! how long this will take may be months, weeks or a year! Maybe december 21st will be nothing to laugh at anymore! God help us it looks like the end may finally be here! Sorry for the mela-drama butn i could not resist.



posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 07:41 PM
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Even if I were SUPER WEALTHY and ran out of things to spend money on, I think I would honestly buy a left-handed screw-driver (totally useless) or a bucket of smelly armpits (for the laughter) before I bought some meteorite jewelery


That was flat out mean and ugly.....

As a small business owner myself, I could never be that crude to another business owner.

I understand the point you were getting at but you could have been a little more tactful.
Just saying.......





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