I am sorry but there are no quick and easy solutions. For jewelers
to prosper, we need rich people. The more the better, but in
today's environment when politicians trying to save their political
skins blaming everything on "the rich",...
UH-OH!! Don't let's get started on politics...I may never shut up!
The market may be turning up! I just had an exhilarating show, which
I interpret as an indicator that people are becoming more optimistic
and confident. Even though my work is fairly expensive for the realm
I show in, my clients are not, for the most part, rich. They are
primarily middle class. Customers who buy above an easy financial
reach buy out of passion for the work, not just to alleviate boredom.
Many of my clients use layaway, and I'm very patient. I always
welcome anyone rich or poor, who enjoys my work. Rich people make
things easier, but I would be in dire straits if I neglected the rest
of the audience....I could even sneak in a reference here to the
"other 98%" to whom I am indebted for their support.
And, Leonid, I believe you are referring to old school progressives
like me, when you mistakenly say that "the rich" are being
blamed...no, no..they aren't being blamed; lack of regulation and
skewed systems are being blamed. Perhaps you and I disagree on which
politicians should be replaced, but I remember a time when political
opponents in Congress and elsewhere behaved with some courtesy and
good faith. Better way to get things done.