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June 12th, 2014 at 12:30:19 PM permalink
Fleastiff
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Price v. Quality.

You can go back to the Shakers. Their stuff was simple but of good quality. Yet they could not charge for quality. The market was price driven.

Its the same thing with World Markets. Cheap shoddy imports sell well. Why make something that is sturdy if the market wants shoddy.

I remember girls being brought up to make their own dresses from kits and to bake cakes from flour and eggs. Some habits continue but its hard. Now its "something off the rack" and "junk food". Some people in Manhattan have not used their kitchens in years.
June 12th, 2014 at 12:50:51 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: Fleastiff
Some people in Manhattan have not used their kitchens in years.


I know people around here who never use
their kitchens. They get take out or use the
microwave. Go down the frozen food aisles
in a grocery store and look at all the pre-made
dinners they have now. In 1964 there
were TV dinners and pot pies. Now there
are hundreds, you can go your whole life
and never cook anything.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
June 12th, 2014 at 1:11:58 PM permalink
rxwine
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Quote: Evenbob
I know people around here who never use
their kitchens. They get take out or use the
microwave. Go down the frozen food aisles
in a grocery store and look at all the pre-made
dinners they have now. In 1964 there
were TV dinners and pot pies. Now there
are hundreds, you can go your whole life
and never cook anything.


TV dinners only came in aluminum trays for a long time. Before microwaves. I do not recall the name brand(s).

And if you weren't careful they would bend, if you tried to hold by just one side.
No one has ever proven I am not God.
June 12th, 2014 at 1:53:26 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: rxwine
TV dinners only came in aluminum trays for a long time. .


Friday was a big day in the early 60's for us. We
always had Swanson Mexican TV dinners in front
of the TV. Every Friday for years. It's the only food
we ever had that wasn't cooked from scratch. We
never went out to eat, it never even occurred to
us. The dinners were 39 cents each. You can still
buy TV dinners on sale at 10 for $10, not bad for
50 years later.

I just read that the guy who owned Swanson got
the idea when he took a plane ride and they
served dinner in aluminum trays. That was 1952
and two years later he was selling 10 million TV
dinners a year. Campbells bought him out in 1955.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
June 12th, 2014 at 2:00:09 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: Face
Working with grandpa is always a joy because all his stuff is from the 50's or older. !


The best way to get quality tools and build up
a good set is to go to farm auctions on Saturdays.
When I started going in the 80's the big thing
was to buy old Craftsman tools and take them to Sears
and turn them in for a new one. I don't know if
they still do that. Now when you get an old Craftsman,
you keep it because it's way better than a new one.

Many tools you see at auctions are hand me downs
from that persons family and are 100 years old and
really high quality. Especially wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers,
hand saws, ratchet sets. And stuff is usually cheap
because men have all the tools they need, and aren't
looking for more.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
June 12th, 2014 at 9:10:14 PM permalink
rxwine
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No one has ever proven I am not God.
June 12th, 2014 at 9:24:37 PM permalink
Evenbob
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When I was a kid in the 50's, you still heard about
the Civil War once in a while. There were people
like this guy and women who married vets after
the war ended and were still getting their husbands
war benefits. It's when a war is no longer in the
living memory of anyone that it's truly forgotten.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
June 13th, 2014 at 6:00:15 AM permalink
zippyboy
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Quote: rxwine
TV dinners only came in aluminum trays for a long time. Before microwaves. I do not recall the name brand(s).


Quote: Evenbob
I just read that the guy who owned Swanson got
the idea when he took a plane ride and they
served dinner in aluminum trays. That was 1952
and two years later he was selling 10 million TV
dinners a year. Campbells bought him out in 1955.


Long ago, people only ate turkey for Thanksgiving meal, so Swanson came up with the pre-packaged meal as a way of using up all the leftover turkey after November. People loved them right away, partly because of the convenience of an entire easy to make meal in one container, but also because it reminded them of airline tray meal, which was more highly-regarded at that time in the early 1950's. They sold for 98 cents I think, equal to $8.77 now (according to Google inflation calculator).

Personally, my parents had their "date-night" on Saturdays, so my sisters and I got TV dinners that we picked out for ourselves. We loved them. I still take them to work for lunches. The 10 for $10 dinners Bob mentioned would've been just 11 cents when Swanson made its debut.
June 13th, 2014 at 12:34:47 PM permalink
AZDuffman
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Quote: zippyboy


Personally, my parents had their "date-night" on Saturdays, so my sisters and I got TV dinners that we picked out for ourselves. We loved them. I still take them to work for lunches. The 10 for $10 dinners Bob mentioned would've been just 11 cents when Swanson made its debut.


Those 10/$10 ones are nearly inedible. Consider the store is marking them up at least 10%, then the manufacturer is going to keep their food cost to about 30%. So you are getting 30 cents of food value in the thing. Food for the dog costs more.
The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it
June 13th, 2014 at 12:42:10 PM permalink
boymimbo
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I think the cheapest I can get the Swanson dinners are for $2.50 on the rare occasion. The ones for a $1 are usually just lunch sized and taste like the cardboard they're wrapped in.