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Howard Kelrick

24 Karat Corner: Please don’t follow your passion

It’s April, and that means only one thing around here. The idiot that owns the used car lot on the edge of town has bought up all of the available television advertising spots and is now bombarding the airwaves, yelling and screaming, that I should hurry down right now, and he’ll double my IRS tax refund. It’s beyond annoying!


24 Karat Corner: Retailing in the On-Line Age

The fourth largest book store chain in the nation is closing.

Book World, a 45 store chain located in the upper Midwest could not survive the changing nature of retailing, and so announced its liquidation.

“That’s a shame!” you are probably saying to yourself. “But, Howard, I’m a jeweler, and this is a jewelry publication, so what could that possibly have to do with me?”

24 Karat Corner: Do you have Bitcoin in stock?

“I’ve got gold coins, silver bars, and platinum ingots, but sorry, no Bitcoin!” my friend Brian replied to the customer who interrupted our conversation.

“Why don’t I show you something that you can take home with you today, store in your own safe, is not vulnerable to a hard drive crash or on-line hackers, and is universally accepted?” Brian said as he walked the customer over to another showcase.

Retailing in the On-Line Age

The fourth largest book store chain in the nation is closing.

Book World, a 45 store chain located in the upper Midwest could not survive the changing nature of retailing, and so announced its liquidation.

“That’s a shame!” you are probably saying to yourself. “But, Howard, I’m a jeweler, and this is a jewelry publication, so what could that possibly have to do with me?”

24 Karat Corner: Graduates, please apply here!

It’s June and graduates of all types are asking themselves: “What am I going to do with my life?” A wise friend of mine offered them this sage advice: “Choose a field that neither the Chinese nor the internet can put you out of business. This leaves either running a day-care center or giving hair cuts!”

24 Karat Corner: 2017 Jeweler of the Year Preview

During the recent election cycle, Jerry Seinfeld quipped that, “If you think that you are qualified to be President of the United States, that, in itself, should automatically disqualify you for even being considered! How could one person reasonably think they can be Commander-in-Chief, manage the world’s biggest economy, deal with the middle east and all the other unsolvable problems of the job, all while half the country hates you and hopes that you are going to fail?”

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