Very cool. Yes, the notification count increased from zero to one, but I didn't get any email (from the visitor message). There are a few visitor messages laying around; I suspect the recipients never even realized.
And thanks for the other explanation, even if you're just trying to spare my feelings over the bad breath.
Hope you don't mind; this is just a test to see if anyone can actually see my visitor messages (and you're a longstanding member). If you can read it, perhaps you can tell me what brands of vodka are popular locally in Sweden?
I was wondering if you might have some old, LONG cables laying around.
My home theater system is driving me nuts. I'm looking for a long cable to connect the sound card to the amp. I use the one plug cable that looks like, and currently is, a monster cable, single end on both sides. Male plug-in.
I also need the old, almost sentronics printer cable, with the old clips for a Xerox XD130DF laser printer. The current 6 foot one is stretched to the hilt, as is the sound cable.
Another one stretched is the double ended S-video cable, that currently is about 3 feet,
and needs to be 6 feet or more.
If you don't have them in your cable box, give me a good lead on where to order?
Fritzy is out of his mind if he thinks eliminating dealers will cause higher sell prices allowing the dealers to make more money and requiring less support from GM.
It would also be more believable had they targeted underperforming dealers, but we all know some crappy dealers were left open and good dealers were closed. The decision of whole to close and who not to close seems to have been made by some other criteria determined by the Obama administration and Fritzy is just parroting the talking points given to him with the list of which dealers they were going to close.
"But cost savings are not the only reason restructuring the dealer network is so important. GM's success over the long haul - which U.S. taxpayers are invested in - will depend in no small part on a healthy, strong and profitable dealer network that can provide the industry's best customer service and enhance the image of our four remaining brands: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC. Dealers who underperform simply cannot provide these benefits to our customers. GM's remaining dealerships will be better positioned to keep their current GM customers, while aggressively marketing to take sales from competitors."
"Second, the dealer network reductions will also save an estimated $415 million per year in structural cost savings - items like local advertising assistance, service and training, and information technology systems. These savings amount to about $180,000-per-closed dealer. In total, the dealer restructuring should result in approximate savings of over $2.5 billion per year, or over $1.1 million per closed dealer on an annual basis.
Answer: The testimony that Fritz Henderson gave on June 12, 2009 before the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee for Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce provides good background information to help in answering this question:
"...A focused dealer network will reduce costs for GM in a very meaningful way at a time when every dollar is precious. These cost savings come in two categories.
"First of all, a right-sized dealer network centered around strong dealers will allow us to drastically reduce, and in some case eliminate, many direct dealer support programs - programs such as the incentives paid to the dealer, factory wholesale floorplan support, and the one percent market support for each vehicle. The reductions in direct dealer support will result in annual savings of over $2 billion annually - or about $928,000 per closed dealer.
I think I saw something on the site where you were wondering why GM wants to close dealerships. Here's some info.
"How do I convince people who ask why GM has to let dealerships go--they don't cost GM anything?"
Full question (sent in during the July 13 employee webchat with Fritz Henderson): I struggle to effectively convince people when they ask why GM has to let dealerships go - they don't cost GM anything. Can we republish some talking points to help us tell this story?
I'm trying to install another drive in the computer you built me. I'm missing some kind of clips that hold the drive in place for the last drive bay. Looks like a blue, screw in piece to hold the drive in place. Do you have a couple more?