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August 20, 2015



Some years ago, corporations began building new branches of their businesses right next to another very similar business. Walgreens was one of them... building next to what was Eckerds drug stores. There were many places in cities not well served by a drug store... but instead of seeking those places out... the new business was built where competition would be much more dramatic.

Of course, that is the capitalistic mantra... "competition is king." The idea is... that competition will create better products and services... and that everyone will benefit from the ongoing stress between two similar businesses. It is considered a healthy way of improving products and the market in general.

I've had the opportunity twice... at least... where a customer comes into a store and "oops"... falls to their peril. Once during a rain shower... where mats and caution signs were put out... and once where a bottle of shampoo had broken on the floor and a person slid and fell. Now... accidents happen... and people get hurt unexpectedly... but... accidents can be made to happen... and not necessarily by the person getting hurt.

I've wondered... how many companies have been bankrupted because of these lawsuits...? I do know... that the media has made great pains to insinuate that... it's a quick way to get money... to sue a big company. And so... the poor guys with no health insurance can get the short end of the stick... because of these "frivolous lawsuits." Well... it's not frivolous if you have injured your spine and cannot work or function normally again.

But... there is a benefactor of lawsuits... the COMPETITION.

As I buy various products in these stores... I just don't see the improvement.
Do you get better assistance in stores...? No.
Do you get better food products...? No.
Do you find more interesting items to help you through your day...? No.
So... who is benefitting...???

Excellence is not dependent on competition. Excellence is born inside the company... with a good owner... with good intentions... using good business ethics... hiring good managers... creating a good work environment for good employees. Excellence doesn't wait to be threatened by some new-fangled business showing up... forcing a business to make improvements... it is born all by itself... because it loves excellence.

There may be benefits to competition... especially if the only offering is a poor offering... and a better offering comes along to challenge it... or to just provide a better offering. But... how easily we think of competition as the RULE OF CAPITALISM... wherein no good offering could be found without it.
It is not a truth.

I've equated competition to a form of WAR... where an aggressive company sets out to overwhelm an already good offering... even to destroy a good offering... just by the power of force alone. Why would anyone destroy a good business...? so that they could then offer a worse business...? So that there would be no challenge to their own bad offering...?
Destroying the competition... is not healthy at all... for any economy.

And then... there is the world...
and there's the mantra... again.
competition... and war...
are we a society with the philosophy of WAR...?








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