Author Topic: The Tyranny of Convenience  (Read 943 times)

rcjordan

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The Tyranny of Convenience
« on: March 04, 2018, 02:54:59 PM »
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Americans say they prize competition, a proliferation of choices, the little guy. Yet our taste for convenience begets more convenience, through a combination of the economics of scale and the power of habit.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/opinion/sunday/tyranny-convenience.html

I'm reminded of the best headline of 2017:

Missing The Mark: Walmart Offers Cheap When People Want Easy

https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-04-12/walmart-offers-cheap-when-people-want-easy


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Re: The Tyranny of Convenience
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2018, 06:53:51 PM »
>Convenience
>People Want Easy

Apple built its empire on "It Just Works" but lately, it doesn't.

I cracked an iphone screen this week. It was a 3-day process to fix with hours of wasted time.

And the hardware...


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Re: The Tyranny of Convenience
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2018, 07:27:38 PM »
>convenience

But equally it could be - the tyranny of price.  I know people who spend half their day driving around to different stores just to get the lowest price.

Me, I'm a convenience junkie.  If I'm at a store and they have what I need I just buy it and don't sweat the few cents more it might cost. Ditto Amazon.

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Re: The Tyranny of Convenience
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2018, 09:34:39 PM »
>driving around to different stores just to get the lowest price.

I will never understand the people that spend $1.00 in gas to save $.35 on milk.

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Re: The Tyranny of Convenience
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2019, 12:11:06 PM »
>Missing The Mark: Walmart Offers Cheap When People Want Easy

Walmart said to lose over $1B, weighs selling off money-losing online units
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-said-to-lose-over-1b-weighs-selling-off-money-losing-online-units-155210117.html

"According to the publication, Walmart is frustrated with Jet an online shopping site it purchased for $3.3 billion back in 2016."

(Debbies here were right.)

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Re: The Tyranny of Convenience
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2019, 06:29:51 PM »
Walmart is frustrated with Jet

The other day I was asking myself, "What's that other shopping site that isn't Amazon?" and I couldn't remember the name Jet. That can't be a good sign.

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Re: The Tyranny of Convenience
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2019, 08:09:59 PM »
Like a lot of others, we had our doubts when the deal was announced.

Amazon may finally have a formidable competitor
http://th3core.com/talk/marketing/amazon-may-finally-have-a-formidable-competitor/msg43733/

>couldn't remember the name Jet

Yup, absolutely forgettable.

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Re: The Tyranny of Convenience
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2019, 06:41:54 AM »
>Convenience
>People Want Easy

Apple built its empire on "It Just Works" but lately, it doesn't.

I cracked an iphone screen this week. It was a 3-day process to fix with hours of wasted time.

And the hardware...

I was never an Apple fan (except for the iPad.. that thing is sweeeet).
But boy have they lost their way.

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Re: The Tyranny of Convenience
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2019, 11:26:49 PM »