Posted by Bill on May 15, 1999 at 20:33:40:
I was trying to say something similar. I did not understand why my dad would associate with some of his competitors. They did not have great ethical standards, and probably did him dirt more times than he would admit. However, he had a great reputation within the business community. He said competition was good. I do not need any more convincing. My longwindedness obscured my optomisim about competition. I think it is makes business more fun when you can look forward to finding ways to do your job better. Competition serves everyone well, if infrastructure is not massive, ie electric power delivery, in the early stages.
I have had a lot of sideline businesses in the past 30 years, and only once has competition given me any headaches. I had a friend that claimed to be preparing to be a missionary incorporated some of my copyrighted material from our business, including using a greeting almost verbatum from our answering machine message that used our business name in a catch pharse. I did not push the matter as I figured that if he couldn’t be original, he would fall before I did.
I am optomistic about competition. I just need to find my comfort level in the price range of the properties I want to deal in, and Katie bar the door.
I would like to say that REI people for the most part have been so nice to me that I am constantly finding it easier to believe that I will succeed.
Thanks…God bless you all…