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Year in Review

The "Year in Review" interprets Larchmont history, year by year. Larchmonters speak for themselves through the news articles, pictures and official documents of the times. Larchmont Gazette's first year in review is 1922.


A Larchmonter-Times Editorial

The Robinson's Hardware Fire




From a cartoon by L. F. Van Zelm

The Larchmonter-Times, January 12, 1922

Mail-order versus Us

The fight between the mail-order houses and the local businessman never lets up. The latter are more than holding their own. In spite of what some people in Larchmont think, only about 5 percent of the total volume of business done in the country over is done through mail-order houses. The local merchant remains counselor and friend of the buying public. He can give more sound and reasonable advice about goods in 10 minutes than can be obtained in a catalog in ten months.

An element that is in favor of local buying is the respective values of various articles and why it would be advisable to buy one kind in preference to another. There is practically no "talking into buying something you don't want to" left in local merchandise, but there is much of this in catalog through suggestion. Indeed money is often wasted by sending for stuff seen in catalogs that is not what actually is needed. But there is no advice, no guiding hand, and the worthless catalog article is sent for and turns out to be unsuited for the purpose intended.

The service that the local dealer is able to render is worth money, and this point is often overlooked. This service hinges on a guaranteed satisfaction. There is not a dealer in town who will not insist that a customer is satisfied in every respect, and who will not do everything possible to create satisfaction.

And as for price, the local merchants lose nothing by comparison, all things considered. It is, of course, true that all things are not always considered by buyers. The mail-order people, it is certain, bank on quantity sales, the purchase of a dollar's worth of goods at a time is not encouraged. It is too little to bother with. Yet some thoughtless people expect the merchant to sell as cheaply when disposing of a small purchase as the mail-order people do when disposing of sales from $10 and up. It is unfair to expect this.

Go to any merchant in Larchmont, and tell him how much goods you intend to buy, as much at a time as you would if buying from a mail-order house. The chances are ten to one that he would sell just as cheaply as the mail-order house, and probably estimate on a line of goods too high-class for the mail-order house to handle, and give instant service to boot.

This item of quality goods is important. Very few resale merchants can afford to handle goods that might not give satisfaction. The buyer is "close to home" and can be heard from - personally - too easily.

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