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Auto Bubble Shift

Sunday, October 25, 2015 8:17 No Comments

Following car sales can provide insight into the high time preferences of the car-buying masses. Compact car sales vs truck & SUV sales go in lockstep with gas prices with a focus only on today, never tomorrow. Low gas prices, along with almost-zero (or zero) interest rates, is driving this crazed auto bubble. Another one that will [...]

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Bubble Barbershop: Here We Go Again

Thursday, July 16, 2015 6:47 No Comments

The Hipster Barbershop came and went. Five months ago the headline read, “Hipster Barbershop Trend Arrives in Detroit.” Now the headline predictably reads, “High-End Detroit Barbershop Closes After 5 Months.” The business was built on $40 cuts and $50 straight razor shaves and this was considered to be “breaking new ground for a basic men’s cut in [...]

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Crumbs & GoPro: Malinvestment x 2, But Blame Short Sellers. Booyah!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 16:15 8 Comments

Forbes on the crumbling of Crumbs (bold emphasis mine): Back in July 2011, Crumbs went public in a reverse merger at just over $13 per share. At approximately $60 million market cap, Crumbs wasn’t huge, but that was a hefty price given the chain only had about 35 stores. Trouble came just about a month after [...]

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I Called the Cupcake Bubble Bust. And It Leaves Behind Crumbs.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 13:36 4 Comments

I called the cupcake bubble back in 2009. Post-economic bust, what started rising from the economy’s ashes was a series of economic “successes” whose popularity made no sense in an economy that was awash with bubble-bust carnage. Cupcakes were the most obvious an imminent mishap. Later on, as cupcake pandemonia took firm hold and media stories [...]

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No More Beanie Baby Bubbles

Saturday, July 27, 2013 19:46 4 Comments

An article on Yahoo Finance revisits the early 1990s Beanie Baby craze, and one family that almost became bankrupt due to their collective zealotry. Heralded as valuable collectibles, people would rush out to buy the $5.95 toys for their children or themselves, eagerly waiting for them to appreciate in value. But then the Beanie Baby bubble [...]

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Cupcakes 6 Feet Under? Thank Goodness!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 23:14 5 Comments

I have written often on the silliness of the whole cupcake craze that has swept America in recent years. My earliest cupcake-bashing post goes back to 2009. Finally, folks are declaring that the cupcake craze was indeed a bubble and it was indeed ludicrous. Yahoo writes, “More Evidence That the Gourmet Cupcake Bubble Has Popped.” Forbes [...]

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Dumbed Down Pizza?

Sunday, April 7, 2013 19:45 1 Comment

Pizza Hut “crazy cheesy crust.” More dumbed-down infantilism for the adult masses. “16 semi-circles of cheese that can be pulled off and eaten separately” ?? And it ain’t just Americans. Pizza Hut has also offered variations of the cheese-stuffed crust with pepperoni and other toppings hidden inside. Fast-food fanatics may also notice that the latest [...]

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Cereal Parade

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 5:53 1 Comment

Here it is, for all of those adults who relish and glorify the cereal life. A gathering of greatness.

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Adults Should Thank Their Lucky Charms?

Saturday, December 1, 2012 7:30 9 Comments

Don’t blame the people at General Mills – these marketing types are near brilliant, and they know exactly what they are doing. An article in Advertising Age showcases the effort on the part of the cereal maker to appeal to the American adult juvenile set. The percentage of Lucky Charms consumers who are adults has [...]

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Extended Adolescence

Saturday, April 28, 2012 19:14 7 Comments

There is a funny article in MedPage Today: “Kids Today Are Really Different.” The thesis of the article is essentially a psychobabble way of saying that a lot of folks just don’t grow up anymore. As usual, the solution offered is more government programs (on a global level) and more quasi-governmental academic experts to fix human [...]

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