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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Missing the point.

An article in the month's Maine Digest brings up a perceived conflict in the concurrent running of shows and auctions. Click here for the story

While I understand the historical friction between the two concepts, there are many examples where they peacefully coexist. (New York, Manchester). The upset dealers in the articles view the auctions as competition, and thus a bad idea. You're missing the point. The competition you should be fearing is the people outside the industry who are trying to make what you are selling irrelevant. Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma Home are busy stealing customers every day. Stop complaining about people who are trying to make a living selling the same types of things you are, they are your allies whether or not you realize it. The competition isn't the booth next door or the auction house, but the shopping mall and the internet, where we have no cohesive industry presence.

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