Yesterday, I was looking for an electronic item for work. It was something I could get over the Internet easily enough, but I wanted to see the item first. Best Buy has a useful selection, good in a pinch, but the best store to look at electronics in New York is J&R. The company was started in 1971 and is still family-run, and until recently, had a row of storefronts in the block facing City Hall Park.
Yesterday, I went there, and found this:
The remaining storefronts were dark and empty, with signs indicating that they were available for rent. Essentially, J&R appears to be in the process of relocating itself into about 40% of its original space. I suspect that also means that half the staff has been let go.
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A while back, I needed some postage stamps. I expected to get a packet of little paper squares with the American flag or some other clever design, printed in advance.
Instead, I got this:
Has the Postal Service gotten so desperate that they can no longer afford to print postage stamps?