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Minimum wage: Be careful what you ask for.

by Paul C / February 5, 2015 5:57 PM PST

San Francisco's Borderland Books is one of those small independent bookstores which operates on a shoestring budget, devastated by the Amazons and Barnes and Nobles of this world and trying to stay afloat by offering books that the mass market sellers would routinely ignore. Frankly, I love such places, as they're places where I can find the occasional obscure or out of print volume that I might want. The folks at Borderlands, being good San Francisco liberals, were enthusiastic supporters of that city's push to raise its minimum wage to $15/hour. That increase passed, and now Borderland Books has to close as a result:

The statement on Borderlands' website is a priceless example of the naivete of the liberal:

In November, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed a measure that will increase the minimum wage within the city to $15 per hour by 2018. Although all of us at Borderlands support the concept of a living wage in principal and we believe that it's possible that the new law will be good for San Francisco -- Borderlands Books as it exists is not a financially viable business if subject to that minimum wage. Consequently we will be closing our doors no later than March 31st. (Emphasis mine)

Really? These people thought that cookie cutter "one size fits all" leftist government was going to carve out an exception for small businesses such as theirs that can't possibly compete even in a niche market when as they say their total operating expenses will increase 18%? How naive is that? Since Borderland Books isn't on the leftist approved cronies list, they - and I'm sure many other small SF businesses in a similar situation - will close.

Caveat emptor, small business; before you buy Big Government, beware of the price you'll have to pay.

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Be careful what you blame a closing on
by JP Bill / February 5, 2015 7:20 PM PST

From YOUR link...

Capitalism at work

Borderlands has faced a number of challenges. The first and clearest was in 2000, when our landlord increased our rent by 100% and we had to move to our current location on Valencia Street. All of the subsequent ones have been less clear-cut but more difficult. The steady movement towards online shopping, mostly with Amazon, has taken a steady toll on bookstores throughout the world and Borderlands was no exception. After that and related to it, has been the shift towards ebooks and electronic reading devices. And finally the Great Recession of 2009 hit us very hard, especially since we had just opened a new aspect to the business in the form of our cafe.

But books are a special case because the price is set by the publisher and printed on the book. Furthermore, for years part of the challenge for brick-and-mortar bookstores is that companies like Amazon.com have made it difficult to get people to pay retail prices.


I wonder what happened to people that used to put spokes in wagon wheels?

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