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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by HollowHead, May 17, 2017.

  1. HollowHead

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    I was talking with an old friend (he and I used to work as video engineers during the open reel days) and we compared ourselves to Blockbuster and its overnight obsolescence. What other industries rose so quickly and crashed as quickly as recorded media (outside of vinyl records) and what do you think is next that will disappear overnight? HH
     
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    A lot of repair industries have died. Some because technology moved on but some because people throw the item away and get a new one.

    The pay phone industry is about dead.

    The very short lived public computers hooked to the internet industry.

    Photo finishing industry is about dead.

    The certified little airplane industry is on life support.
     
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    Kohl's and Herberger's are expanding like wildfire here. HH
     
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    There are a few industries that came close to death but a few hold outs have done well with what is left of the market. Shoe repair comes to mind. That used to be a big industry. Now it is pretty niche.
     
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    Yeah, that is a good one. That used to be a thing.
     
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    Travel by rail.
     
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    With the exception of the high end, watch repair is a dead industry.
     
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    Sometimes I would like to find a shoe repair store. Here in the boonies. So I do my own, mostly. As a kid I loved the smell of shoe repair stores with the polishing chairs.
     
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    Having worn cowboy boots my entire life, I have used them many times. It really is a true craft. I grew up in a smallish Texas town that had one. 75% of his work was cowboy boots and he probably made as much as the doctor in the office across the street.
     
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    The fur coat industry is pretty dead.
     
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    The custom steering wheel industry for new cars. That used to be a big thing.
     
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    Car phones
     
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    Standalone GPS devices and maps.
     
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    The GPS industry has been doing rather well. GPS has found its way into all kinds of places other than a personal device. Tracking, navigation, telematics....
     
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    Gun stores.

    Not a single one in my entire rural farming county on the Idaho border. Nearest town is a college town and has a population of 30k liberals. Last place to buy a gun was the Ace Hardware store which had a gun section with a few over-priced pistols and shotguns and they stopped selling them about three months ago.

    But there are five pot shops in that town...
     
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    There are more retail gun stores in the U.S. that there are McDonalds.

    I'll bet you will find there are more today than when Obama took office. The last 8 years were golden for the gun industry.
     
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    Remember Perillo Tours? I remember the commercials from the 70s and 80s. Used to be a big thing. You were somebody if going on a Perillo tour. I guess they are still in business. Multiple generations of Perillos running the show now.



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