Retail trade is ‘greedy and ruthless’

Many shops are reporting reduced sales, others are closing but is this a bad thing?

A closer look at the retail world shows that shops are not just selling what we need; they are making powerful and skilful attempts to persuade us to buy what we don’t need.

They tackle the most vulnerable people with discount offers, high-interest store cards, three-for-the-price-of-two among other gimmicks.

The more intelligent shoppers can use these to their advantage, but many others are driven into debt through this marketing.

Increasing sales by whatever means is the retail world’s only philosophy.

Even so, their sales are of little help to our own industry because so many articles are made abroad, often by people on starvation wages.

The retail trade is unprincipled, greedy and ruthless.

JOHN RICHARDS

Boston