Nothing too shocking this morning. I saw this comment over at Craig’s place early this morning……
I might point out to you how the excrement has hit the oscillation device here. Or how many prepper blogs have gone silent, because they ain’t prepping any more, they are surviving. That’s the case here with me now. If ya want some giggles, I’ll video the next fist fight I see happening over a road kill deer. The collapse is here and I’m living in the middle of it. I won’t get far living in a boat hull that has no skin. I got food for another decade, and I still got my pride. but what I don’t have is cash. There’s my priorities.
In another post Craig points this out: http://lagunamadrepirate.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/heh/
I also ran across this…………………………………………………..
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.
People are living in tent cities all over AmeriKa, folks are still reeling from the aftershocks of the financial collapse of 2007, THINGS ARE NOT GETTING BETTER! Unless you live and work near DC.
If you are lucky enough to have a full-time job……..You are being abused, and you have but no choice to accept the fact. We have been transformed as a nation. We are a country full of psychopaths and rats digging through the garbage to quell the hunger pangs.
But I suppose you already know this, you are aware of your surroundings and your perception is keen? My household is still reeling from the shock waves of 2007 to present. It has not been the same, we have lost over 50% of our income. Yet we do feel fortunate that we live in a Texas economy, albeit the Pretty Boy Governor took a stack full of cash from Uncle Sugar.
Poverty in the rural areas is quite prevalent, granted folks are still eating because of Uncle Sugars monthly stipends. What will happen to a financially weakened society if the crack payments are ever taken away? We all know and understand what will happen. So how will Uncle Sugar keep up with the demand?
I am also aware that the system is being manipulated and there are many capable people out there that are sucking the teet, fuck it ……. seems to be the sentiment. As I have pointed out in the past on many occasions…. we are all free shit army.
I started the Heirloom Garden Seed business for many reasons, I understood my business model would NOT turn me into a Rockefeller, this was a given. Offering a fair shake on garden seed seemed a no brainer, I even turned down tens of thousands of dollars in sales to the Bullhorn Guy, keep in mind that was just the first Purchase Order they sent, the follow-up sales would have been phenomenal.
I stayed the path, I ignored the advice of a few gents I have an abundant amount of respect for. The business is solid, and profitable! Yet it does not generate enough profit to warrant running it full-time. The expenses to run it require cash flow, the poorer America becomes… well you know the story.
Too few are willing to plant gardens to feed their families, too few understand just how much garden seed should be kept on hand, three pounds of seed is NOT a Lifetime worth of garden seed. But you already know this, don’t you?
I have been offered a opprotunty to set up a small storefront in rural PA, to sell to the locals to include the Amish, the local gardens here in east Texas, really are non existent. There is a small smattering here and there, the dirty secret about rural Texas is…………. Most could not grow a garden to save their lives.
I have to figure out a way to sell my Heirloom Garden Seed selectively, as things continue to get worse… and they are! The demand will skyrocket, just as guns and ammo did. Priorities right now are a tad skewed because of the monthly checks being handed out.
If I open the storefront in PA, the business model will involve traveling to many small towns in PA, NY and Ohio weekly. I am not sure about internet sales at this point. Much to consider, I do know this…… both options are a gamble, yet I have to choose from one. We have sold thousand of pounds of Heirloom Garden Seed, I am very grateful!
Being able to pay the bills is a must, it is not happening at this point. I will not turn the business into a carnival barking session. If I have to constantly remind people of their own situations and reasonings as to why they should try and feed their families…….
Private sales to those that helped promote the business will continue. Pimping out to third parties at highly discounted rates will end. I will announce when the price increases are to begin, and yes they will be in line with the rest of the industry.
I stated in the past I would not raise prices to the community, and I won’t, they will now be private sales…… negotiated. Industry standard rates will apply to anyone else. The Patriot Package that sells for 95 bucks shipped…….. The industry standard price point is around 250 bucks or more.
The private sales will require a minimum purchase. It is the only way to stay profitable. I have but no choice to revamp the current business model of volume sales and low price points, without the volume…… you go broke.