Monthly Archives: January 2008

Brand Names are Better… Aren’t They?

    What does it say about our society and our values when you can’t trust a Brand Name Product?
This is what happened… I returned home yesterday afternoon and saw a new area rug in a chain-store bag hanging on the dining room chair. It was a typical cheap area rug. Since I sell area rugs I wondered why it was in my home. I was informed that my daughter bought it for her room because it was such a good price for a Brand Name Rug… ("No Big Deal" I thought, because I could clearly see the tag and price). Then I noticed something else. Something strange and bewildering. The Tag on this cheap fuzzy rug had the Brand Name of one of the best known manufacturers of good quality flooring, specifically Carpet. I will not name the company but it has the same name as a Native American Indian Tribe (you can probably guess it easily). When I saw the Brand Name, and noted the quality of the rug, I thought that it had somehow been mis-tagged, or some other mistake had taken place. But when I read the details on the tag, I was shocked and surprised. Like I said before; The rug in question was a cheap (inferior) rug that had the cheap latex backing on it (supposedly to keep it from sliding around on a hard-surface floor). This kind of rug backing is notorious for causing damage to linoleum, vinyl, and even laminate floors (they can cause discoloration, fading, or worse… they tend to draw moisture up through concrete slabs). Anyway as I read the tag further, I noted the type of fiber that this rug was made of; It was Olefin. Olefin fiber tends to hang on to things that are oily or greasy (even body oils from the bottom of your feet), and they can have a tendancy to crush and cause your rug to go flat. Olefin rugs of this quality do not usually hold up for very long. Six months to a year depending on traffic. This is the fiber most cheap rugs are made of, so no surprise there. The shock factor for me was that Mohawk had allowed it’s name to be prominately displayed on the tag. A huge manufacturer of fine quality carpet is either making or endorsing a Cheap Fuzzy Bath Room Rug! (Oh how I hate those things).
    Needless to say, I informed my daughter that despite the Brand Name on the Tag, She had been took. Even a paltry sum of money is wasted upon a rug of this quality. Brand Names used to mean something… It used to mean quality and integrity. I suppose that we should expect such situations as this in today’s global economy. But as for me, from now on I will be reading tags and ingredients, I don’t care what Brand Name is on the Package (or rug).
    I guess it is just a disappointment, that a name I have trusted and suggested to so many clients could allow such decay in quality and craftsmanship.
    When you are tempted to buy a chain-store area rug, ALWAYS READ THE LABEL! Or "you never know what you might get."
 
Charles Beason,
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A Better Internet Experience

Having been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and finding it harder and harder to work at a "normal" 9 to 5 job. I had decided that I would start my web site in the hopes of someday working more effeciently from home.
    My original intent for my site was that it would be a place where people could buy area rugs of higher quality at more reasonable prices than chain-stores (who offer imitation fiber rugs) or other web sites that charge you up to three times the price than I would consider reasonable. I also envisioned a wide ranging community of people helping other people with questions and answers on Area Rugs and Home Design, with an emphasis on Designing with rugs. Although my overall view has not changed, I have noted that I must make some changes to my site in order to make it profitable. In today’s online climate, one must be very specific in order to design an effective marketing and advertising campaign. It is to this end that we will be making some changes to our Area Rug web site here at www.RugRunnerBiz.com .
    Please bear with us as we try to:
1) Become more specific in our merchandise offerings.
2) Make our web site more simple to navigate.
3) Make our forums more user friendly and search engine friendly at the same time
4) We will be making these changes slowly as time allows (our site has become larger than anticipated)
    (with Fibromyalgia I cannot help but do things slowly)
 
    As we make these required changes please offer your suggestions or log into the forums to help us build a proper and more relevant area rug and flooring design site for you to use. It is my desire to share my expertise in area rugs and flooring design, so if you have questions please email me
 
Thank you,
Charles Beason
 
    We are also building our network of Businesses that you can start from home for FREE – Check out under the heading of Biz Opportunities on our web site. I really want to help those people who are suffering disabilities, illnesses, or circumstances that make it necessary to work from home. Just because we are disabled does not mean we are worthless!
 

On The Contrary

I am running behind on my blog post this month. "Running Behind"; wouldn’t that be a cool Native American name. That would often be what I am called by. "Hey you, Running Behind, come here for a minute…

Oh well, it seems funny in my head anyway…

Although it does remind me of an old tribal custom of some American Indian Tribes. There was a time when a certain member of the tribe would do things backwards (as much as humanly possible). He would walk backwards, ride his horse backwards, etc… He was referred to as a "Contrary". His responsibility was to remind the tribe of the futility of human effort. Sometimes we get so tied up with our selfish ambitions that we forget how futile life can be without each other and without God. Our life loses logic and purpose when we concentrate on that which seems to make the most sense. Sometimes being Contrary (or illogical) is the wisest course of action.

Jesus reminds us of that fact in the Bible when he stated in Mat 5:44 "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; …" These things are all contrary to our normal human response. They seem illogical, but they are the most effective way to remain sane and happy.

Let us set aside some time to be Contrary. Set aside the fears, and worries and stresses of life and simply do the opposite of that which we would normally do. Take a break from that which seems logical to mankind and you will find new perspective.

Life can be fun and you can be successful. But only if you willing to be Contrary. While all the other sheep are running for the precipice, all the while knowing they are destined for destruction; We need to stop and head the other direction… even if there are others who will call us "Contrary".

Does your career seem to be going backwards? Check out some Business Opportunities on my web site.

I am running behind on my blog post this month. "Running Behind"; wouldn’t that be a cool Native American name. That would often be what I am called by. "Hey you, Running Behind, come here for a minute…

Oh well, it seems funny in my head anyway…

Although it does remind me of an old tribal custom of some American Indian Tribes. There was a time when a certain member of the tribe would do things backwards (as much as humanly possible). He would walk backwards, ride his horse backwards, etc… He was referred to as a "Contrary". His responsibility was to remind the tribe of the futility of human effort. Sometimes we get so tied up with our selfish ambitions that we forget how futile life can be without each other and without God. Our life loses logic and purpose when we concentrate on that which seems to make the most sense. Sometimes being Contrary (or illogical) is the wisest course of action.

Jesus reminds us of that fact in the Bible when he stated in Mat 5:44 "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; …" These things are all contrary to our normal human response. They seem illogical, but they are the most effective way to remain sane and happy.

Let us set aside some time to be Contrary. Set aside the fears, and worries and stresses of life and simply do the opposite of that which we would normally do. Take a break from that which seems logical to mankind and you will find new perspective.

Life can be fun and you can be successful. But only if you willing to be Contrary. While all the other sheep are running for the precipice, all the while knowing they are destined for destruction; We need to stop and head the other direction… even if there are others who will call us "Contrary".

Does your career seem to be going backwards? Check out some Business Opportunities on my web site.

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