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  1. This is sort of true. It definitely is the case you can't shift an eye-catching, impulse buy, type product online the way you can by the checkout instore. However, there are lots of upsides to online where more stuff sells for other reasons like choice and availability. It may be that online impulse selling gets better. Currently someone buying a personal attack alarm might not be as interested in buying a book about Britain's most prolific rapists as Amazon's algorithm thinks but once it's improved I think computers will be much more reliably able to up or cross sell than human shop staff.
  2. I'm afraid the landlord's reaction is sort of rational. Unfortunately, decreased rents are not an option for the over-leveraged commercial property landlord twunt. Lower rents won't help in the end though just delaying the inevitable.
  3. I would shake that man by the hand* *(after I had jizzed in it first)
  4. That's more a failure to launch scenario. I was thinking more along the lines of what happened with the miners but a whole swathe of well educated professionals, in things like accounting and law, with a good decade plus to go before expected retirement. I think there's going to be an awful lot of bemusement at having a skillset no-one's buying any longer. Also, post-mainstream internet, it's almost like an unstoppable river that no matter what dams governments and dominant cartels try to throw up to continue their skimming it's all too easy to metaphorically dig a trench and divert the water around them. Throw in, frankly, terrifying levels of automation and it's like being trapped in a production of Atlas Shrugged with a cast of millions living in western democracies.
  5. The problem is shops have been the traditional go to place for an element of Britain's aspirational middle class to feel superior to someone. If you take away the staff they're going to have to go on holiday to Africa, or somewhere, instead, for a similar effect, and that's jolly inconvenient.
  6. Interest on savings you say, tell me more about this curious idea.
  7. I find it very hard to believe that the amount of payment protection paid in the first place warranted this level of 'compensation'. This has always been a bailout of the over-indebted with the added bonus of stuffing a few call centres full of staff to keep the youth unemployment figures down - even got a BBC 3 docu-soap out of it too, treble-plus good.
  8. All seems a bit vague mixing corrupt local government officials and large scale criminality in the same article.
  9. Degrees are fine for certain specialised vocations but this isn't the norm these days. With degrees for young people now it's all a bit 'take on a load of debt to get this thing that, conventional wisdom tells you, will be worth a lot in the future'. Which all sounds very familiar. When I was at university the brightest students in computing were doing projects of their own vastly ahead of their outdated courses to the point the were so focused on them they wouldn't necessarily get great marks.
  10. Because the sort of people that went to university, in much smaller numbers, were more the cream of the crop and much more likely to be the of people wanted for those jobs. Where the government went very badly wrong was thinking what was actually being taught in universities was actually adding any realisable value.
  11. This is quite funny from 3:00 onwards On another one of the few occasions I've watched I can recall Adrian Chiles diligently putting his BBC training into practice with the statement 'other brands of Marmite are available'.
  12. Wonder how much of that 'discount' is effectively just uncollectable arrears with added government spin. This seems like there's a tiny sliver of opportunity to do something radical that yields positive results and near infinite opportunity to knee-jerk meddle a disastrous mess.
  13. Let me know when you're going next and I'II come and stuff ya a battered sausage & chips through the letterbox.
  14. In fairness, the taxation system/government is partly responsible for encouraging business to behave in this manner.
  15. Seems to mostly focus on mis-selling compensation costs and a bit lacking on any details of impairments or asset value markdowns.
  16. This sort of things fails by needing ID etc. but there's no credit check which is one less bit of the system and I have to say they do look like quite a tempting alternative to the mainstream bank BS. It sort of looks like they use a traditional bank to pool money en masse and then provide the sort of customer service the mainstream banks ought to. I didn't actually know that there was any option to avoid charges for bounced payments. http://www.cardonebanking.com/
  17. Exactly, the manufacturing might come back but the jobs won't. Products that require a lot of hand-finishing will be the ones most likely to stay in China. However, what's interesting is presenting products in a manner suitable for retail display is often an element of production particularly hand-finish intensive. As distribution transitions from shops to online the retail packaging element of production becomes redundant.
  18. Just to counter-balance the doom and gloom. Automation being harnessed by the little guy in their basement or garage is just as plausible. This chap has used a 3D printer to manufacture some parts, for his automation machine, which is one of the very few bits of not completely pointless crap I've seen produced with them. For all the negatives of job destruction by technology/internet and cheap Chinese labour without the availability of so many tools and kit, easily sourced via the internet, and attainably priced thanks to China I don't think this sort of thing would be possible and I'm really surprised there hasn't been much more of it. I can't see how it makes anywhere near as many jobs as it destroys though.
  19. I agree that automation is at a level that it's heralding in a golden era of job destruction. What I disagree on is if you could or should stop it.
  20. It's rather sweet you imagine that level of society is preparing food from raw ingredients. They'll be selling it on. If they really can't afford to eat then I'm not sure they'll plump for something that needs a £1, or more, in the prepay electricity meter to cook it.
  21. My experience is it's actually declined markedly since the recession started. I also spot far less would be candidates when I'm out and about - and I can sniff them out like the Child Catcher. Retailers with poor systems will struggle to discern if it's would be customers or staff that are helping themselves though. Also ar5e covering upper management will sweep all kinds of losses under a shoplifting heading. Things like suppliers, that deliver direct to stores, short-delivering and lazy staff not checking it off can also lead to assumption the inventory discrepancy is down to shoplifting. Edit to add: Before the thread drowns in the sweat of wrung hands, no-one really shoplifts in this country because they can't feed themselves. They shoplift because they can't feed their drug habit.
  22. Removing yourself from the electoral roll is the only true vote that can be made against the current system.
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