Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli

Heart of the City

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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, 11 months ago

    too bad businesses have bought into the “black friday” business model.
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    The idea of having prices too high all year to make a profit and then expecting to make all the money for the year in one month is pretty dumb. Be better to lower prices the rest of the year and actually get customers.

  2. tammyspeakslife

    tammyspeakslife GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    Apparantly that marketing strategy doesn’t work. In order to get people to buy what they don’t need they have to convince them that they’re ‘on sale’ and create a need for them.

  3. blunebottle

    blunebottle said, 11 months ago

    @tammyspeakslife

    Absolutely true. The no-more-sales, every-day-low-price experiment failed for Eaton’s and was one more nail in their coffin.

    EVERYBODY likes to feel they’re getting a deal.

  4. kaykeyser

    kaykeyser said, 11 months ago

    Is any one else reading this strip with the voice of the guy from The Lucy Show? With that kind of Yeeeeees tone to him? I’ll find a youtube clip if I need an example but he is reminding me of that guy.

  5. dyankee23

    dyankee23 said, 11 months ago

    Kill him.

  6. dyankee23

    dyankee23 said, 11 months ago

    @kaykeyser

    His name was Frank Nelson, and yes, he’s a dead ringer. He got his start tormenting Jack Benny.

  7. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, 11 months ago

    He’s also guilty of the “Christmas in July” sales.

  8. dkram

    dkram said, 11 months ago

    I was thinking more in terms of “The Great Gildersleeve” aka Harold Peary.
    Gale Gordon is the guy from the Lucy shows.
    Mel Blanc was on “The Jack Benny Program”, he also was the sound of Jack’s Maxwell automoble.
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    They all resemble each other.
    Source IMDb
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  9. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, 11 months ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    Exactly.
    Business big shots come up with these ideas, then they plant them in consumer’s minds and convince them that they want these “great deals.” And they use that thinking to shift the blame; “it’s the consumer’s doing, it’s their fault.” Rot and rubbish, all of it.

  10. vproulx

    vproulx said, 11 months ago

    I am most glad I am too old to have suffered from the early back to school sales. What a way to pour water on a summer vacation.

  11. cbrsarah

    cbrsarah said, 11 months ago

    I say don’t go shopping on that Thanksgiving weekend. But I’m sure there are people who will go to the stores anyway. And the ones that really suffer are the store employees who have to leave their families or not go at all because they have to work. And some stores are going to open on Thanksgiving later in the day just to get a head start on those so-called sales.

  12. Mstreselena

    Mstreselena said, 11 months ago

    I love that Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving, a time when we’re supposed to be with loved ones and some poor souls have to go to work or risk their jobs. Better yet, did you hear about the Wal-Mart in Ohio that has out food collection bins for their associates? Since the store doesn’t pay their employees enough to buy food, it’s now up to the customers to make sure that they have a nice Thanksgiving.

  13. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, 11 months ago

    @dkram

    Yes, Mel Blanc was on the Benny show, but so was Frank Nelson. In the shopping skits, Nelson was the one with the whiny “yeeeeeeesssssss” while Blanc was usually a snivelly clerk whom Jack would torment into insanity.


    Blanc was also the voice of most of the Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and almost any of the others you can think of. He was known as “The man with 1000 voices” (a takeoff on Lon Chaney’s “Man with 1000 faces”).

  14. Dr.Midnight

    Dr.Midnight said, 11 months ago

    @dkram

    Nope. Dyankee got it exactly right. Here’s a pretty good clip of Frank Nelson in action:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA_r1Ynl4Ls

  15. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, 11 months ago

    Busted.

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