Saturday, August 30, 2008

Starbucks vs. The Little Guy

As anti-corporate crusaders are now discovering, instead of advocating for legal prohibitions on chain stores or attempting to zone the offending businesses off of Main Street USA, mom-and-pop shops can successfully combat the coffee behemoth by using old-fashioned market competition.

Watch the ReasonTV video here:


At 8/30/2008 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if true, it will not result in any reduction in the efforts of anti-corporate crusaders to zone out businesses they don't like.

At 8/30/2008 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually live in the DC area and just went to that coffee place in the video last night! Theres a reason why it can compete and is always packed. Its a little pricey but it has a great atmosphere and it has some very unique coffee and alcoholic drinks that you'd never find much anywhere else never mind a starbucks. In short they have offered consumers options and have been able to compete.

At 9/15/2008 3:30 PM, Blogger Colm O'Connor said...

One advantage that the little guy never has is greater access to capital. Starbucks can afford to take losses for quite a while on each store before realizing a profit because their pockets are deeper. They can take bigger bets due to their size.

The little guys can do no such thing. That still doesn't mean that they won't outcompete starbucks (starbucks coffee does taste like dirt, after all), but they have a natural disadvantage.


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