Monday, November 17, 2008

The Critic

I caught Governor Pawlenty on Fox News Sunday yesterday. I'm really trying to help here:

1. How did the hockey hair come back already? That's the hairdo my high school boyfriend had in 1989. It is not in style, it doesn't give you blue-collar cred, it just looks bad. Cut it.

2. Get your analogies straight- The Governor stated that people who want to save money shop at Sam's Club, KMart, Target and Costco. WRONG.

People who want to save money shop at WalMart and maybe KMart. Target is expensive.

And Costco? The average household income for Costco shoppers is $75,000.

People who shop at Costco don't do so to save money. They do so to spend money. They sell brie by the pound along with Kadota figs and Bosc pears. They sell lobsters with imported County Kerry butter to dip it in. They sell fresh arrangements of roses, hydrangeas and lilies to pop on your foyer table. They sell four-story doll houses to put under (or next to) the Christmas tree for your little princess.

Okay, so they also sell the best kosher hot dog with a diet Coke for only a $1.50- but don't let that fool you. They are a luxury store for luxury buyers.

They sell artisan cheeses and meats from Italy. And if the City of Eden Prairie would ever let loose of its monopoly, our location would sell some great wine to drink with all of that food. Costco has an amazing wine department- but not in Eden Prairie where our government controls where you buy booze. This REALLY irks me.

Back to my point- People who shop at Costco have a lot of money and they like to entertain. I don't know how many fundraisers and parties now have frozen food from Costco in the chafing dishes. (And that's not such a good thing).

Please, Governor, I know about shopping. I mean, I know it. You're trying to look like the common guy. But, you are the common guy. Those are your roots, nobody can take that away. If you want to run for higher office, cut the hair and don't talk about things that you don't know about-- like shopping.

Talk about the looming budget deficits in Minnesota and how you're going to lead the charge to cut spending.


Jim said...

Yes, Tim, cut the mullet. When you're maybe VP, it's gone... but then it appears again. Maybe the back of his neck feels naked or cold.

In the warmer months, Cub has a brat, chips, and a coke for $1.

Supposedly, Target is going to lower prices to better compete with Wal-Mart...
During the holidays, Target will remain "keenly focused" on offering low prices on national brands and its own products and will match Wal-Mart prices on identical items in local markets

In other news, I think we should be contacting our Congress Critters and telling them to oppose the auto bailout.

Gavin Sullivan said...

If we're interested in the demographics of Costco shoppers, the $75,000 average household income might not tell us much. Learning the median would help some. In a country in which per capita GDP is almost $46k, your statistic doesn't really show that Costco shoppers skew rich. Seems to me it's an institution in which a quite wide swath of society mingles.

Mary said...

You may be interested to know that Costco does not spend money on advertising (ever heard an ad on radio or tv--nope). Each store has a marketing person who establishes relationships with local businesses (catering angle). That's the strategy. All relationship based in the business sector. In the household sector, they rely on word of mouth. they figure that if a suburban wife throws a huge party and the food is great--her friends will ask her about it.

I first heard about Costco 10 years ago from my friend Linda. A hostess with the mostess who lives on Lake of the Isles. She told me about an amazing party in Minnetonka. She told me the hostess got everything at Costco. I had no idea what that meant. I do now!

Goose said...

Message I sent to Coleman and Ramstad:

As a highly taxed taxpayer in the state of Minnesota, and the USA, I am vehemently opposed to any bailout of the auto industry. The recent TARP of $700B passed I feel was hastily construed, poorly articulated, and sold to the public and congressional representatives based on fear. I actually believe that if a popular vote was put to the public, it would not have come close to passing. Treasury Secretary Paulsen has changed his mind on how to use these funds which is very disconcerting and the financial markets are not stabilizing; indeed the DJIA, S&P500, and NASDAQ continue to fall.

At this point I do not think it is prudent to ask the tax payers to bail out or provide a bridge loan to the auto industry. I believe the federal government should be focused on monetary policy, not picking winners and losers of industry. I don't see anyone coming to the rescue of Circuit City. There is a reason for bankruptcy protection in our country and the airline industry has gone through that and benefited. In our free market country, companies and individuals will succeed and fail based on the intellect and entrepreneurial spirit of the individuals responsible, and that is what makes our country great.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Jim said...

Good stuff, Goose.