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  •  Yeah, they do. (5+ / 0-)

    It's here.

    They also have brick-and-mortar stores.

    But by "mail order" I mean that they live and die by their customer list. And their customer list is aging (i.e. their customers are getting older).

    Their problem is their category and their mode of doing business. It's old-fashioned, and even though they've adapted to the web (as have many catalog businesses) ultimately their product offering isn't that interesting -- or priced appropriately -- to most of the general public.

    And that's why they're in bankruptcy -- not because they're owned by an investment firm.

    "We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it." -- Willy Wonka

    by Huginn and Muninn on Sat Apr 02, 2011 at 02:57:48 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, but.. (2+ / 0-)
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      ninkasi23, ORDem

      they sell spectacular Riveria pears from the Rogue Valley.  Always have.  That's what they went in business to do.  The pears are still growing.  The pears are still spectacular.  People still want to buy them.  So there's a business there.  It just can't be some asshole's piggy bank any more.  And maybe they have to give up dreams of being the Amazon of gift baskets.

      They need to just sell great products, like they used to.

      Frankly, I blame everything on Nixon.

      by J Orygun on Sat Apr 02, 2011 at 10:22:01 PM PDT

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