Friday, December 15, 2006

The more things change, the more they aren't the same

Back in May, I posted a picture of a Honk's high-quality goods emporium in Idaho. Allow me to repost it here:

Now, tell me, can you spot any differences between that picture and this one I snapped last month in Nevada?Seriously.

But while the concept of a $1.05 store is fairly amusing in itself, I beg of you to consider the following before making a final judgment on the situation's humor.

The image you are about to view was scanned from the plastic bag I was given at the above-pictured $1.05 store. No joke.By the time my kids are full-fledged capitalist consumers, perhaps I'll be able to enchant them with tales of how their $1.42 stores used to be dollar stores.

Here's to betting they say I'm crazy.

UPDATE: Apparently, it was rising gas prices that made Honks a $1.05 store. All good things must come to an end, I suppose. Read the story here.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Too bad you didn't get a shot of our local dollar store, which was an 88 cent store this week....whatever would your kids think of that????!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What about suing them for FALSE ADVERTISING on those bags!!?? Make it a $1,000,000.05 lawsuit!

Tim Nance said...

Yeah, I'm not even sure it'll always be an adventure at Honk's anymore...
Hey, CJ, I just wanted to let you know that I visited my parents' house for the first time in a while, and after a good while of excavating their attic I found The Notes. My scanner's having some trouble, but I'll figure out a way to get them to you soon. They can be your Christmas present. Series one (Dr. B being hit in the face by thrown objects) is fourteen images long. Series two (Dr. B being eaten by mythical/literary monsters) consists of twenty one images, including other significant related characters in the background (i.e. Bilbo and the dwarves looking on as Smaug eats him; Icarus falling in the background as the Minotaur eats him, etc.) I think you'll appreciate them. I got a good kick out of looking at them again.

CJ said...

Anon1: What a deal! Sorry I missed it!

Anon2: I'm in. If you'll just wire me the money for the attorney, I'll get started first thing in the morning.

Tim: I can't wait to see those notes. Seriously.

Kelley said...

That's hilarious!

I was wondering how those dollar stores would handle inflation...

Anonymous said...

You know what's funny? I work at the Honk's $1.05 store in Burley, ID and I brought up the whole sack not matching the store title a long time ago. They made so many of those $1.00 bags, they are making us use those first. Plus, the $1.05 store will do anything to save a buck and earn three. For instance, now we have a "Liquidation Station" where everything is marked %50-%70 off and people are so pissed. The worst part is they get mad at me, becuase I work there and they think I can do something about the store's new "outlook" on making money. I think the corporation of Honk's is forgetting what is keeping them in business. The whole fact that they were a dollar store and made people's lives just a little easier. Hope you know, I think it ridiculous too! Haha! Alyssa

CJ said...

Alyssa: Goodness gracious, when did dollar stores get so flipping complicated, huh? Sorry to hear you're taking the brunt of the whining; as a former ticket taker and McDonald's employee, I think I at least kinda know the feeling.

Glad to hear I'm not alone in thinking it's rather crazy. I hope Honk's "re-finds" itself.

Anyway, thank you muchly for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Wow... pretty pathetic, huh? Not the store... I mean you. Why don't you make a blog that is focused on crying about the increase in gas? That's sure more drastic than a SIX CENT INCREASE IN 18 YEARS THE STORE HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS. Wow, the owner must be a real jerk trying to make a profit with the business he built from the ground up. I don't see why he doesn't just give everything away for free! Oh wait, maybe it's because he doesn't want to end up flipping burgers at McDonalds like YOU did, CJ. There are producers in the world who know a thing or two about business and economics. Here's a quick lesson for those of you who may not understand: Merchandise does not magically appear in a store such as Honk's. It has to be shipped by automobiles. Automobiles function on a certain magic potion called "gas". For those of you who pay attention to this "gas", you may have noticed it's expensive... a lot more so than it used to be. When a person buys an item at point A for $0.75, they then have to drive it to point B (and remember how automobiles use gas?), so then it makes that item cost, let's say, $.95 when before it could have been $0.85. Do you really think EVERYTHING in the world can start to cost more and dollar stores are so invincible that they are unaffected? Please... everyone listen up... please promise me you will never go into business. You obviously don't understand the concept of producing and of profit. Alyssa- please don't cry about your job. Be thankful there was someone out there willing to hire you. As for the "new outlook on making money" with this Liquidation Station... tell your cheap customers that if they don't find value in an item for what it costs... then... brace yourself... DON'T BUY IT! Wow, that was a simple concept. And I guarantee they couldn't find it anywhere for cheaper, so stop complaining. The owner of Honk's is doing us a service by getting us quality items for a LOW price. He's not this Donald Trump who take a turd and sells it for $10,000. He's selling items for $1.05. He's obviously not making a huge profit on what he sells when you consider how little he makes after paying for his stores, shipping, employees, utilities, etc. So let's give him that extra NICKEL and find more atrocities in the world to sit around and cry about.

CJ said...

Hey Anon,

It looks as if I owe you an apology. Apparently, the intent of my blog isn't as clear as it should be. My goal is not to whine about atrocities. In fact, I try my best not to gripe. This is a blog aimed to entertain.

Here's the gist of what I was going for: 1) a "$1.05 store" just isn't as simple or sexy as a dollar store, and 2) contrary to its slogan, Honk's is not "Always a dollar."

I was not questioning the need for the increase, nor was this an angry rant about "that despicable Honk's!" I like Honk's. It *is* a good deal and it's a fun shop - I pick up cheap b-movies just about every time I visit. However, even Honk's founder Darrell Cox said the price change is less than ideal.

Sorry, but in this blogger's opinion, the fact that it was a necessary business decision in no way detracts from the oddity of a $1.05 store.

Your humble burger flipper,
CJ Baker

Anonymous said...

CJ,

Thanks for the apology- not needed though. I'm sorry I mistook your blog and maybe my frustration was more towards those that commented on it.

Thanks for setting it straight. I just feel bad for those trying to make a living when it sounds like people are tearing them down.

My sincerest apology goes to you, CJ, for any offense you may have taken from my rant! You're a good person and I shouldn't have been so rude!! Please forgive me.

CJ said...

Hey Anon,

Thanks for dropping back in. I'm glad to hear my reply cleared things up.

I was a little taken aback by your comment at first, but no harm done. Heaven knows I've done my fair share of website misinterpreting. :D

Anyway, thanks for the apology; the Internet needs more folks like you!

All the best,
CJ