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As Retail Stores Grow, The Economy Doesn’t

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America gets overstored. – Dec. 19, 2003

I usually don’t like this author’s articles, but this one is interesting. His point is that retail stores grow, but only at the expense of the demise of others.

The thing about retail , however, is that within the confines of overall consumer spending growth, it’s really a zero-sum game. When Staples sells one more digital camera, some other store sells one less.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .