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The prices of some things, and their costs . . .

Carolyn Cary's picture

I always seem to be on the short end of the stick. If I want to buy something special for a family member, they have just sold the last one.

I’m allergic to a number of perfume scents, and when I find one I can tolerate, and the bottle runs out, it seems they no longer make it. I can search from store to store, not a bottle can be found anywhere.

This lot in life also seems to apply to any book I am associated with.

In 1977 a number of other Fayette Countians and myself put together the first history book on our county. We, meaning the Fayette County Historical Society, published that first printing at $19 per book.

I think I remember it cost us $11 to print and we were comfortable with that figure. There was a second and a third printing, and of course, our cost to print would go up with each new edition. I believe the third edition was sold at $40 per book.

For some reason, those in authority did not reprint any after that.

The only way one could then be obtained was through eBay.

The last quote I knew about was the cost of obtaining one through eBay and it was over $110. Each. When my children heard this, they wondered how much they could get for their first edition — it’s autographed.

I have such thoughtful children.

In 2004 I wrote a book on a Confederate soldier from Coweta County, who was hanged at the end of the War Between The States. I sell the book at $20, and have autographed each one to the purchaser.

Several weeks ago someone called and asked if I had any more books on hand. I do, and the price is still $20.

When he arrived he informed me he first tried to see if any were available on eBay. They evidently had one and it was $80. He asked me if I made any money from those sold on eBay.

You can guess the answer. Nope.

I just paid my car insurance. How is it that each year your car is a year older, and yet your car insurance is $10 higher than it was this time last year. Hmmm.

Things I wish people would remember: when I moved to Fayetteville in 1966, there were 8,000 folks already here. I somehow figured out that 7,000 of those were native Fayette Countians. I got to know many of them and even what their mother’s maiden name was.

We were truly a family and I worked very hard to fit in and no longer be somewhat shunned because I was a Yankee.

I asked around as to what could I could do to help, joined a homemaking club to really get the feel of “country” living. I was reared in a small industrial town in Ohio.’

Now there are 106,000 folks living here and they come with their hand out demanding this and demanding that.

After 46 years here, I consider myself one of the native-born. We are still family and as always, we look around and quietly see who might need some help. We’ve never demanded anything but mutual respect.

[Carolyn Cary is the official Fayette County historian and the editor of the county’s first compiled history, “The History of Fayette County,” published in 1977. She lives in Fayetteville.]


Recently the wife and I had the need to replace our an old dishwasher so we went shopping. The result? A new machine, $129 more than other dishwashers at the store but unique since it was the only one that was made in America. Others were made either in China or Japan but the new machine works like a charm, is quite and another American has a job for a little longer.
Today I had the occasion to have to drive to the Stockbrige VA Clinic and took a little survey while driving. The result? 503 cars or pick ups either passed or passing by me, 271 of those foriegn cars, 201 of those were Japanese.
Being a retired auto worker of a domestic car company who closed their plant in Atlanta it begins to make sense. All we have to do is put 3,700 autoworkers on a vacation without end and those of you out there driving your BMW's and Toyota's can pay up for their food stamps.
B.T.W. there are three vehicles in my driveway and all three are American just like that dishwasher.
Why is it that our number one export to other nations from America is empty card board boxes that will soon return to America with "Made in Japan" stamped on them?
It's not only the candidates that can assure American prosparity. Every one of us has a role in the game too. Look for “Made in the USA” on what you buy and maybe the politician should take a look at “Free Trade” and charge the importers at least enough to pay for the unemployment checks and the food stamps.

Little John Romph

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Or we could attack the problem by going right to the root cause of it. Government with its silly regulations, enviornmentalists with their whacky agendas and unions with their demands that add incredible costs - especially on cars. Retiree health insurance alone adds over $1,000 to the cost of each union American-made car.

Saturn, Kia and even BMW can afford to make (actually assemble) cars in the good old U S of A, so it can be done. I wonder what they are doing differently from the big 3 automakers?

The Made in Japan thing took about 30 years to become a significant problem, but the Chinese are the ones that are really going to eat our lunch and it is not going to take them 30 years. We are on the brink.

Live free or die!

PTC Observer's picture

Go out to your driveway look at those "American" made cars and you'll find 70% foreign content in them. In today's global economy there are few "made in America" opportunities, including your dishwasher.

Welcome to the 21st Century.

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