Obtuse Americans

By Dean L

Costco is a great American success story.  America itself is a free enterprise, capitalist success story that has been struggling to overcome, among other things, it's balance of trade problems. In light of that, why would anyone want to discourage people from other countries spending their money on American goods, particularly in an enthusiastic and persistent way?  Obtuse Americans, that's who.

These people are the same people who don't get that if you have a successful business, you created it.  Why do I say that?  Because they clearly do not understand that customers come first.  This isn't about Costco, it's about the money being pumped into the local economy, the extra hiring and jobs created because of the demand.  The free market is creating a boom for these people and they don't seem to appreciate it.  I can only surmise they they haven't done the cost-benefit analysis of economy versus personal convenience.  They haven't realized that a problem of too many customers isn't a bad problem to have  - for Costco or for the town.

Thankfully, some people there clearly get it, and Costco itself understands the need to expand.  As far as Canadians parking poorly - I have no comment.


  1. I don't get it. Who's against Costco. They're a great company, according to the profile I read in Businessweek. Who doesn't like them?

    1. Nobody is against Costco. Mind you lots of liberals are clearly against Wal Mart.

      Just thought I'd take the opportunity to also point out that Costco does exist in Canada. The prices are still higher than they are in the United States though. Cross border shopping is pretty common in the border states, because Canadian prices tend to be significantly higher for most goods and services. While it's quite likely the cross border shopping does not contribute ti the official balance of trade, it certainly helps out America's GDP, and as the story indicates, it helps create jobs. The real question is "Who could be against that?"


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