Response to "Expense
of Running a Local Business"
By Vincent Borelli
December 26, 2007
Ouch! it is quite obvious I struck a nerve on this one. As I
stated I don't want to offend anyone, just open your eyes. Does
a non-biased, third party, citizens OPINION get you that worked
up? Should we not make observations?
While I may not have or will likely open a business in Ketchikan
I have owned a business before. I didn't say EVERY business in
Ketchikan was "ripping off their neighbor" and do apologize
if YOU took it that way. I suggested that in my opinion, due
to variations in prices of "LIKE" items/services, and
the fact that many local people believe in "buying local",
it seems like this innocent vulnerability of Ketchikan's consumers,
by lack of choice, may have set a precedence of getting taken
advantage of and if the situation arises, ask questions. It also
is arrogant presumption that this pertains to every business,
everytime. I did also mention some of my personal experiences
here and it doesn't take every person/consumer, to walk a mile
in anyones shoes, to figure out if they are getting good service.
I do understand there are expenses to a business that most consumers
know nothing about but... that is why I, as a new person to Alaska,
heard about and believed in the percentage rule to living and
buying here not large pricing variations that it APPEARS like
some businesses have. Why do many people buy on the internet.
Is is solely because they can't get it here or because they can
get it cheaper? Do you buy EVERYTHING here in town for your personal
use? Also, I don't mind paying a higher price because I wouldn't
assume it costs the same to get supplies in "K-Town"
as it does anywhere else, or to get "Volume Discounts"
but I would presume the service would be just as good as anywhere
else if not better. SO FAR, for the sevices mentioned in my previous
letter, I haven't experienced it yet! It sure does make you wonder
about where all this tax money goes?? I thought "Donations"
were a tax write-off for a business?
No, it wouldn't do the community
any good for me to open a business here and besides, it sounds
like too much "Red Tape" AGAIN, I do not want to offend
anyone and point taken. I just offered the other side of the
Received December 19, 2007
- Published December 26, 2007
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