5 dying and 5 thriving industries

Some businesses escaped from the Great Recession on a boom. Others are struggling to stay afloat.

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Dec 20, 2013 8:28AM
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I have a kindle, but I love  books. the way they smell, the way they feel in your hands, the turning to the next page. E-books will never have that.
Dec 20, 2013 7:53AM
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Facebook and Twitter are part of an industry? Neither one generates a viable product and survive on annoying and intrusive ad placement. Google, Amazon, Linked-In... social, not valuable or capable of sustaining economy wherever they moor themselves. More- cancer than the answer.

People- there are more than $700 TRILLION in derivative debts outstanding BESIDES the fiat money created out of QE. It's OWED money. By whom? YOU!!! It's a mathematical formula-- give money to big virtual nothings because they wouldn't exist if left to compete in free enterprise arenas, mesmerize the masses into thinking they are relevant through social pressure and psychopathic exploitation, hold them responsible for the debt for generations to come.

We need family-sustaining JOBS and CAREERS, not aliens like Bezos and a Silicon Valley colluding with Wall Street and driving us like cattle towards permanent indenture. WAKE UP.

Dec 20, 2013 12:12PM
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One industry that already dead is truthful news reporting by the media.
Dec 20, 2013 9:35AM
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Physical media is great ... clouds are okay but what would happen if your internet connection was down and you couldn't access anything on a "cloud?"  Your ISP could have your service down for a week while they finally come out and make repairs.. all the while you're running down to a Starbucks with your laptop or tablet in a feeble attempt to get your work done.  Also, you're forced with newer systems to live with the horrible Windows 8.  I prefer Windows 7 and am relieved of the fact that I have my physical DVD to install it if my system should go down, or on a new system that replaces my current.  Physical media in the form or books, DVD's, CD's and such should never go away.  It's a relief to have something such as these to fall back on.  "Wastebook" and "Shitter" are just that... fads that people are already getting tired of.  I've never used them, and think they are a total waste.
Dec 20, 2013 8:36AM
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Buying soft furniture online is a gamble.  Joss & Main does not allow returns and if you don't like how the sofa feels you're stuck with it.  As for Facebook and Twitter, it is apparent people don't have enough to do with their time.  I know people who are addicted to it.  Have it in their tray on their computer even when they work and diddle with it all day.  Unreal.  Made in the USA can be found.  People just spend their money to the limit and make no room for quality or their country with their purchases. 
Dec 20, 2013 8:16AM
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You are right V_L ! Looking for higher profits and less cost, many American manufacturers have gone off-shore to produce tangible goods. However, it does not have to be this way if WE start demanding hard products that are mad in the US. Yes it may cost more, but it will also bring jobs back to the US.

We are responsible for the likes of Facebook and Twitter and yes even this  site where this comment is made on.

There are still many smaller US based companies that actually produce high quality goods that are exported ( believe it or not) and they do cost more. But how does this happen? WE buy those lower quality goods for less up front cost and fund the overseas buyers to purchase OUR goods while we continue to consume "table scraps" from them. It does not have to be this way.

Dec 20, 2013 9:33AM
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I bought furniture online and I will never do that again.  The furniture held up well but it is so uncomfortable.  The seating is so narrow it is hard to lay down on, take a nap on or curl up watching tv. Also bought a chair online.  The material was so thin it didn't last long before needing to be slipcovered.  
Dec 20, 2013 9:59AM
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Thanks in part to You Tube and Amazon, I was able to fix my washing machine myself. The part was under 20 bucks and had I called a repair guy to fix it the bill would have been at least a 100.00. 
The appliance guy will end up going the way of the TV repair man. 

In the last couple years How To vids on You Tube has saved me more time and money than I would have ever imagined. It also showed me what a rip off some services really are. 
Dec 20, 2013 10:10AM
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Never buy furniture online, you need to see it feel it look at how it was made.

Cheap clothing made overseas is cheap looking fits awful and the material unravel quickly.

Streaming is great and so is buying digital, until the site goes down and you can't access what you want.

DVDs and CDs are there and ready to go.

Not everything needs repairs right away, and when they break the stores cost a fortune to send a guy out, takes forever and they mess up a lot. I had a lot of drama with a 5 yr old ac that broke. I could not find a repairman and Sears charges through the nose just to look at the damn thing.

Because I am busy, I have the paper delivered on the weekends. Love relaxing and reading the Sunday paper.

Online payments are prey for hackers, though using cards is getting dangerous in stores. I use a green dot card.

As far as fantasy football, whatever, LOL



Dec 20, 2013 12:35PM
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The U.S. gives billions in foreign aid to China every year for "economic development".  It's used to fund sweat shops for selling merchandise to the U.S and other countries.   Where does the U.S. get the money?  They borrow it from China!!!  They've got to be laughing at Americans over there.
Dec 20, 2013 10:33AM
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I have a nook, but I still buy actual books. There is something to be said about going out , looking for a book and actually flipping through the pages!! Plus I love my book case! 
Dec 20, 2013 11:19AM
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Again, we see US manufacturing growth fall to oversees countries. When is the public going to learn that Big Box Stores are the cause of your dwindling economy.


Let's support Small Neighborhood Business. It's what got us here in the first place!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 20, 2013 12:32PM
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Quality healthcare in the U.S...dead!
Jan 16, 2014 10:16PM
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"America lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs between 2010-2012, and the decline as a share of total manufacturing jobs (33 percent) exceeded the rate of loss from 1929-1933. Never in US history has this industry suffered more job loss than over the past decade."

HOPE and CHANGE AMERIKA!!!!! And you voted for it - TWICE!
Dec 20, 2013 12:54PM
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I'm curious as to what happens if the whole system fails. We all experienced first hand the ripple effect of 911. Although heart wrenching, it was very small in scale.

What if the grid goes down, or major infrastructure is destroyed, or the satellite system is destroyed by some unforeseen solar burst? Seems we are very dependent on intangible products.

Just a thought.
Dec 20, 2013 12:56PM
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I can say for sure that facebook and twitter will never get my business! I get my articles from the paper and books. Is there any wonder you have to pay to watch TV? I go there to see if anyone has left any messages, but you can see who are the twitters! All up and down the pages. Facebook has it now where you can't get all your pages like you used to due to hackers,  but how many times have they been hacked into? And that is the reason I don't get into it very much. I guess I have the outside bug that more of our youngsters should have now. Instead they are computering away! Is there any reason they get into so much trouble from sheer boredom? AND if the US can't take a stance on their products being made in the US, they don't deserve a penney. They have it done in China, where I can say for myself, for little of nothing and sell it for big bucks here in the US and the US citizens take it. Go figure! And what about the dog food that has been "tainted" from there? One of my dogs died from it. Now, if the product is not US made, it doesn't get bought by me!! When will the US get back to doing its rightful thing and make things here in the US get back to the right people?
Dec 20, 2013 8:30AM
Dec 20, 2013 10:40AM
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These thriving industries would fail on creating careers and paying a mortgage.  These do not create much at all.
Dec 20, 2013 12:27PM
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someday these columns will be written by a person in China...
Dec 20, 2013 9:26AM
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BS.....more places to fix things are springing up because most cant buy new.....blank media will always be here for business(in some form).......media sites are falling(half of fakebook people are just that FAKE) and last I tons of people that will NEVER pay a bill online.....HALF OF IT IS BS
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