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    The drive for maximizing profits leads to low quality goods and the consumer is stupid enough to fall for it. We live in a throw away era where people's value systems have changed. Consumerism is driven by marketing and irresponsible drives for profitability. We are led to believe that it is not cool to own things, but better to just use it and throw it away. Don't own a house, rent it. Use Uber, buy takeaways. Don't by records or CD's, just stream it. Basically, people no longer want to take responsibility for owning and caring for anything. (I still have all my old LP's which have pictures and information about the artists, some with lyrics of the songs. The excitement of paging through the shelves at the record shop, listening to new releases, the sound, the smell, the vibe is something that present generations are missing out on.)

    The packaging for this throw-away consumerism is clogging our rivers and oceans. Fortunately there are some who have seen an opportunity in this and are making packaging from banana leaves, sugar cane or paper compounds. It is interesting to note that throughout history, opportunity comes in times of the worst turmoil. All we need to do is to be alert to identify these opportunities and to find solutions for other people's problems or to add convenience to existing products or systems.
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    I would love to get together with some business professionals that are open to sitting in on a discussion with a unique group of business men and woman looking at how we can do things better in the current economy and diversify our options and get ahead... From the comments and posts I have read my associates and I would ceratinly love anyone who is open to come and sit in on one of our discussions

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    Product packaging....don't get me started. We purchased a new washing machine from Game a couple of months ago (after the last one we purchased from them a couple of years ago fell apart...but I digress) The smart new silver Defy machine was delivered very late in the afternoon and the delivery guys went off because i had to leave. A couple of hours later I get to remove all the packaging only to find that the machine has a massive dent on the side. I phoned Game the following day and they were very apologetic offering me a discount or even an upgrade for free. I turned both offers down and had them send me a new one. About a week later the geyser sprung a leak and I refuse point blank to pay R 8,000 to have it replaced. I ordered a new one from our local supplier and they delivered it a couple of days later ....yes you guessed it... with a massive dent (I got wise and removed the packaging before the delivery drivers left so they got to take it back with them. They eventually replaced the geyser a couple of days later and I had it fitted for about R 1,000.

    So, even with all the packaging the products still get smashed up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JpSmith1 View Post
    I would love to get together with some business professionals that are open to sitting in on a discussion with a unique group of business men and woman looking at how we can do things better in the current economy and diversify our options and get ahead... From the comments and posts I have read my associates and I would ceratinly love anyone who is open to come and sit in on one of our discussions
    Collaboration is always a good idea and in my experience getting people from different backgrounds to talk always generates something positive.
    The only problem is distance and getting people from all over the country to talk is not always practical.
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    I was chating to a tree fella a while back... he was telling me it is too expensive for him to give his staff vehicles ...insurance ...repairs cost etc just get out of control... so uber it is... he moves the staff from site to site using uber

    I got to thinking why arent we doing a similar thing in the trade ...how often do you see vehicles parked on site day after day after day ... so some might say but we need our tools ... i had a customer who just couldnt get his head around letting me make a little money out of the projects we worked on ... he would squeal when he had to pay me R25 k for my labour... on a million rand project ...it went from me doing the quotes ...supplying the material ...driving to site ...booking into accommodation.

    down to him collecting the tender document ...dropping off at my office ...collecting once it was prepared... to him supplying the materials for the site ... his mechanic would pick me up and hook up my trailer ...to even providing accomadation (which sometimes was a foam mattress on site with a bucket hanging from a tree for a shower... what a sucker i was... he cannot understand why i told him to stick his work were it fits best...not before he made a few million.

    back to trademen and vehicles... those of you who work like i do ...how long do you waste driving to the wholesaler to collect stuff stand around waiting to be served then by the time you get back to site you have wasted 2 hours... i am thinking i should get a driver ...set up a few trailers (which you can move right onto the site where you are working) the van will have afew odds and sods which are not generally used but sometimes required ... the drive rwill be on standby all the time ... in fact a few contractors should get together and have a2 vehicles for example running all day long ...you pay per km you use the vehicle ...just like uber. .. or even better you have your own uber teams which specialise in tradesmen mobility...so you are not making uber rich but your own group of companies using the vehicles.

    it is possible i know because i have setup a trailer in the past and worked too far to just have to drive to buy or collect stuff

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    ... in fact a few contractors should get together and have a2 vehicles for example running all day long ...you pay per km you use the vehicle ...just like uber. .. or even better you have your own uber teams which specialise in tradesmen mobility...so you are not making uber rich but your own group of companies using the vehicles.
    Very good idea Ian! I have found that collaboration between companies where everyone is prepared to share resources and information sometimes works better than a partnership. Each have their own business and account, but can pass on overflow business and share resources. I have even seen farmers sharing tractors and harvesters to good effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ians View Post
    I was chating to a tree fella a while back... he was telling me it is too expensive for him to give his staff vehicles ...insurance ...repairs cost etc just get out of control... so uber it is... he moves the staff from site to site using uber

    I got to thinking why arent we doing a similar thing in the trade ...how often do you see vehicles parked on site day after day after day ... so some might say but we need our tools ... i had a customer who just couldnt get his head around letting me make a little money out of the projects we worked on ... he would squeal when he had to pay me R25 k for my labour... on a million rand project ...it went from me doing the quotes ...supplying the material ...driving to site ...booking into accommodation.

    down to him collecting the tender document ...dropping off at my office ...collecting once it was prepared... to him supplying the materials for the site ... his mechanic would pick me up and hook up my trailer ...to even providing accomadation (which sometimes was a foam mattress on site with a bucket hanging from a tree for a shower... what a sucker i was... he cannot understand why i told him to stick his work were it fits best...not before he made a few million.

    back to trademen and vehicles... those of you who work like i do ...how long do you waste driving to the wholesaler to collect stuff stand around waiting to be served then by the time you get back to site you have wasted 2 hours... i am thinking i should get a driver ...set up a few trailers (which you can move right onto the site where you are working) the van will have afew odds and sods which are not generally used but sometimes required ... the drive rwill be on standby all the time ... in fact a few contractors should get together and have a2 vehicles for example running all day long ...you pay per km you use the vehicle ...just like uber. .. or even better you have your own uber teams which specialise in tradesmen mobility...so you are not making uber rich but your own group of companies using the vehicles.

    it is possible i know because i have setup a trailer in the past and worked too far to just have to drive to buy or collect stuff
    I am joining forces with 2 companies who already share resources. They currently share 2 CNC multi-axis lathes, 2 x 4 xis CNC mills, a flatbed CNC router, a manual lather and a nice big manual mill. Of course they also share all the workshop equipment and hand tools. I am going to be putting my 150w laser and my small Arburg plastic injection molding machine in there . I might add the Zinc spin casting equipment as well. The bottom line is that the only way for people to profit from expensive equipment (cars and trucks and stuff as well) is to share resources. I spent many hours this weekend working on their lathe and they did some work on my laser on Friday. If I didn't have access to their lathe I would have had to either outsource the work (at a cost) of buy a machine for R27k (which doesn't make sense for the odd turning jobs that I do) Another wonderful (let's call it - 'side effect") of sharing resources is that one shares knowledge with like-minded people. It has taken me many many years to learn that a business cannot operate as an island trying to do everything in-house - that said, it also doesn't make sense to outsource everything - this is the best of all worlds because the skills and resources are close at hand yet not so far that one cannot maintain some degree of control.
    “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.
    If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened.
    But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

    ― Friedrich Nietzsche

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