"This business is fun. It really is. It's sobasic. So straightforward. We do no advertising, but our wholebusiness is based on selling the concept. We sell small business operators on the idea that for $25 a yearthey can have a just-in-time warehouse with all the same price advantages for goods that large companiesget. And just like Wal-Mart, our customers get to know and love our culture. They know there are nofrills whatsoever in those warehouses. They know our management people are likely to be the ones tograb the forklift and pull the goods down for them, and they come to expect it. And like it."The competition in the club business can get pretty spirited sometimes. Once I was in the big Price Clubon Marino Avenue in San Diego, and I had my little tape recorder with melike I always doand I wasmaking notes to myself about prices and merchandising ideas. This guy, a big guy, comes up to me andsays, "I'm sorry but I'll have to take your tape recorder and erase the material you've got on it. We havea policy against people using them in the stores." Well, we have the same policy, and I knew I wascaught. So I said, "I respect that. But I've got things on here from other stores that I don't want to lose,so let me write a note to Robert Price"that's Sol's son. So I wrote: "Robert, your guy is just too good. Iwas trying to get some information on this recorder about some of the items you were carrying and someof my impressions of your store, and he caught me. So here's the tape. If you want to listen to it, youcertainly have that privilege, but I have some other material on here I would like very much to haveback." So in about four days I got a nice note back from Robert, with the tape, and none of it had beenblurred or scratched out. He probably treated me better than I deserved. 北京赛车bmbc168 sad myself myself On the way to the Wilford apartment, which was not very far away, Craig explained briefly what it was that he wanted me to do for him. As the family focuses more broadly on educational reform, we want to be very careful. We are devoutbelievers in the Wal-Mart way of doing things, and we want some basis by which to measure ourinvestment. We're not satisfied that the traditional methods by which charitable foundations are operatedreally meet our criteria. Some people have crowed a great deal about all their philanthropy over theyears, but too many of these foundations, I suspect, were only begun as tax shelters without much realsense of purpose. Many of them seem to have become very nice places to work for a small group offolks who have built up pretty thick crusts of administration and bureaucracy. Those are two of the thingswe have fought the hardest to keep out of our company, so naturally we don't want them clogging up ournonprofit efforts. What I really love about hunting is the coordination and the training of the dogs. You have to develop apartnership with them. You have to motivate them, and they have to do their work reasonably well.