- Nov 23, 2017
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Decades ago asbestos was plentiful...surely we should go back to that practice amiright?Yes and no. Specifically, as I wrote in an earlier post , several decades ago the industry standard was to produce and retail an expansive selection of width sizing. The "odd widths" did sell reasonably well. The reality today is that there are more consumers who could truly use an "odd width" than one might imagine. "If you build it they will come" so to speak.
Let me give you a crash course in business acumen since you lack any. Manufacturing and inventory management practices have changes (surprising I know) over the last several decades. If you carry inventory, it's a liability until it is sold. Inventory requires space. Space costs money. Inventory consumes $$ and limits agility and potentially opportunity. In other words, maintaining a large inventory is not best practice for most business and certainly not for a business with low production and lengthy manufacturing times.
The Internet. Someone figured out how to connect a bunch of computers together to form a web. This connected huge swaths of people and business in a way never before possible AND was commercialized starting in 1995 (26 years ago, amazing!) You're probably asking yourself why this matters, and I get it, you don't understand consumerism so you're confused. Once companies were able to connect with customers all over a region (or the world) it changed how they needed to deliver and manage product. Also you know computers became huge, algorithmic management became a thing and so on.
As a self described shoemaker, you should be aware of the declining skill pool for that craft. Why does that matter, well if your business is making custom boots, it's not as simple as just increasing size and production. If you can't recruit the skilled labor you need, it doesn't matter. Also consider for a fact that White's lead times already indicate that they are working at capacity and their continuous back-order means the demand continues. If you're working at capacity, can't grow due to a lack of labor and are constantly generating consistent demand, there isn't an opportunity to create a huge inventory of random combinations for one particular person on the internet (thanks 1995). Also, their business of customization is an additional complication. They make many styles, in several different leathers, hardware options, sole options. Im sure someone better at math could calculate how many possible combinations that is, spoiler alert, it's a lot.
So any person who does not support the group mindset is a "troll"?
AND to address this nonsense. Like in life, attitude matters for a lot. It's clear you have a bad attitude and aren't looking to have a meaningful conversation. Your lack of understanding that an enthusiast thread is going to be made up generally of supporters of a brand is astonishing. People come here and complain all the time and it leads to a discussion. It is certainly different when they appear to have an agenda as you do, or espouse falsities, also as you do. Your negativity is clear and you haven't added anything to the discussion or built credibility for yourself within the context of this discussion, or you as a consumer or industry professional/business owner. Any of these could be reasons why some here see you as a troll.
I hope you find better success with whatever brand of footwear you move to next.