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8 stocks that won't live to 2020

Under pressure from competitors and struggling to keep up with changing consumer demands, these companies are facing an uncertain future.

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Feb 7, 2013 10:52AM
Several I never heard of anyway.  One country that may not live to 2020: The United States!  Unless, we get a responsible Congress, we may be gone as a country.  We need to take away Congress' ability to set their own salary and benefits.  New Congresspersons should be paid at the rate of the average annual individual income for their district for the first year.  Then, an opinion poll should be taken for each ot them.  The subequent year's salary should be their percentage multiplied by their current salary.  For example:  If they made 40,000 the first year and their percentage is 90%, the second year they should get (.90)X(40,000)=36,000.  Those who are there to truly "serve" would be there.  Those there for the salary and benefits would be gone.  Good riddance!!!
Feb 7, 2013 1:13PM
While I agree that some of these companies may not be around in the near future, most have the same problem that he failed to point out.  All of these companies cut costs by firing their employees, closing stores, and selling off assets to pay the bills.  What do you do when all of these are gone ?  If you want to stay in business you need to make the customer happy..........bottom line; and you are not going to do that with unhappy, untrained staff that are wondering if they are even going to have a job tomorrow.  I once read a business article concerning Costco.  The "experts" rated it a "B+"; saying that they would have given it an "A", but the owner pays his employees too much money.  His response was "they are the ones that got me here, why should I not reward them ?"  This is a problem MANY American-run businesses have.  When the "bean counters" are running the company and they try to save a penny here, and a penny there, (and it usually comes at the expense of the employee), customer service goes down and your days are numbered.  While greed may be good, it is also very short-sighted.  
Feb 6, 2013 8:44PM
But I SURE do hope their Craftsman hand tools survive.  They are great and their lifetime replacement policy for defects is honorable.
Feb 6, 2013 10:26PM
could careless about radio shack way overpriced ,and when they asked me for my social security number that was it
Feb 7, 2013 2:43AM
Gee, I remember about 20 years ago, APPLE was on the way out.
Feb 7, 2013 12:24AM
I can already tell this article is full of ****, from a bitter investor. Listen here you **** investment bankers, you need to take a long walk off a short pier. You are the reason for the recession and you are the reason that china is stealing technologies from other companies.

You have changed the corporate environment from selling goods and services to consumers with pride, to telling them to bend over and grab your ankles for the stockholders.

Feb 6, 2013 11:23PM
Unfortunately the traditional retail stores can never compete against Wal-mart.  The cheap merchandise sold by Wal-mart along with their starvation wages, will not allow the survival of their honest rivals.
My mother worked for S. S. Kresges back in the 50s.   She worked in the jewery and perfume departments.   She had to wear a nice dress and be presentable at all times.   It was a very good place to work.    We purchased almost all of our goods in the 70s from Sears.   Now with Lampert, he is just inriching himself without caring for the companies he holds.   K-mart was closed in our town due to no one working there and those that did wouldn't even smile.  Apparently they had nothing to smile about.   Good bye Sears and K-mart.   You will be remembered for what you were, not for what you became.
Feb 7, 2013 7:34AM

Sears, Penneys, Wal-Mart, Costco and most other brick and mortar stores with mammoth locations will be gone. Yea... Wal-Mart and Costco. Who remembers Pace Warehouse Club? They bit the dust just after the 1983 publicly traded company fiasco.

What the article should have displayed is- companies with replacement opportunity potential. When a better tool maker slaps a warranty on a non-Chinese made tool, you won't remember Craftsman. We will soon find out the effects of Wal-Mart and Costco imports and won't want them any more. Think- local- it has to happen or America will be the one that disappears.

Feb 7, 2013 11:36AM

I'm surprised JC Penney didn't make this list.

Feb 6, 2013 11:32PM
Seems like not very long ago MSN was predicting the demise of Best Buy. (see page 9) of 11 Isn't it at least a little bit embarrassing when you don't credit your reader's with at least some memory? (I guess we're supposed to just digest everything they print as the gospel truth.)
Feb 7, 2013 3:34PM
well the mexicans are taking over california,  and china owns american because of all the money we owe them, and the pooor man/women who works in america supports the system.
Feb 6, 2013 9:28PM
Given my recent experiences with Sears, I won't be sad to see them fail, though I do feel for the people who will lose their jobs as a result.  If Sears fails, it will also take out KMart, which unfortunately will cost more jobs.  But sometimes, different locations of a store have different results.  For example, the Radio Shack in my town is a big, beautiful store and is doing very well.  In fact, I know the owner, and he has recently expanded to two other towns in the area, and those stores also are doing very well.
Feb 7, 2013 2:12PM
worked for radio shack in my early 20's....worst people EVER....rude,threatening,always negative...for what?...minimum wage ...when they switched their product line to cell phones i laughed knowing they'd soon be gone....i remember a day the "manager" fired all 6 of us ...the next day the district creep fired the manager...the 6 were all very good people and i'm happy to say 4 of us own our companies which will outlast swine shack
Feb 7, 2013 10:28AM

it seems the only way now a day the Only way to get full American made anymore is to go to craft sales

Feb 7, 2013 12:49PM

This guy obviously has no idea what he is talking about.   HP and Google offer far more than what was mentioned in this article.   I see HP stealing more and more of Cisco's market share on the high end network equipment.   Does this guy honestly believe that those tablets and phones are going to run magically without any network infrastructure?

Feb 7, 2013 11:53AM
This are my predictions!   Number one!  Because they keep Abusing there workers!  JC penney! not good!  Number two, Bank of America because they continue to rip people off there investments.  Number 3 Kmart because they are obviously in the most bottom of the line for good consumer attraction.    
Feb 7, 2013 7:07AM

at the present embezzle rate of the wall street hords..nothing will survive..

the pyramid scheme consumes investors... once bitten, twice shy..

Feb 6, 2013 10:52PM
This guy is a moron. HP, Google, and Game Stop? He clearly doesn't know the online community. We will always need PCs or does he expect kids to type reports on a tablet?  Not to mention that The PC gamer is still an addict and that will translate to their children. I can throw out names like WoW or TOR as proof. And game stop will never go out of business because Sony and Microsoft both learned from the PSP GO that discless is a mistake. And google will survive simply because no one, and i do mean no one, will let it die.
Feb 7, 2013 12:43AM

Radio Shack's employees are rude and don't like it if you bring your children to the store.  

I would never shop there again.

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