Black People : GOOD IDEA? BAD IDEA?

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  1. Metaverse

    Metaverse Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    "CHANGE WE CAN CREATE- RIGHT NOW!!"

    Destee Family and Mother Destee, this is a thread I would like for us to use to pitch ideas that might just work for our people and our communities. I come up with ideas all the time, some of you already know this. I know there are a few others in the community that also come up with very brilliant ideas.

    So this is our "Good Idea? Bad Idea?" thread.

    I promised myself I would take our Queen Sistah Truetothecause's advice, and try to create things that we can ALL WIN at. Queen True..here's a Brotha that actually listens.

    I hope that all the good ideas we vote for on this thread, can actually find their way into the real world.

    And since I started off the topic, I'll shoot first- with an idea I've been pondering for some time now.

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    I think highheel shoes with goldfish in them would be a good idea for our people. These kinds of shoes will be a conversation piece wherever we decided to walk, they will attract so much --What? You mean someone already beat me to it? Let's start over then.

    Black Family Discount Cards

    Black business owners tell me all the time that its hard to compete in the marketplace for the black dollar, we speak more with everyone else but ourselves. And because we do, it seems that others usually have cheaper and better products and services, this is not always true. Some Black businesses aren't given the time to be tried out, and need us to pay attention to them.

    I thought, it might be nice to create some type of incentive to get our people to spend money with Black businesses. I figured discount cards might help. First, these businesses would have to agree to the cards that can offer anywhere from 10-25% off products and services. These cards can be used to target single Black Mothers as well. Hair Salons would use these cards to attract business, Barbershops, Mechanics etc.

    Family discount cards can be used to define the individual as well. "Single Black Mother" discount card. "Hard Working Black Man" discount card. Well, you get the idea. It's just an inviting way to excite the relationship between Black businesses and Black consumers.

    I know single Mothers especially would appreciate this type of card.

    GOOD IDEA OR BAD IDEA?
     
  2. truetothecause

    truetothecause Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    [QUOTEMetaSaience]Queen True..here's a Brotha that actually listens.[/QUOTE]

    Warrior King MetaSaience!:hearts4: :slobber:

    You know, a very Special Afreekan man in life once proudly proclaimed:
    "They say, always LISTEN to the Woman....BUT....You DON'T have to DO what she says!"...hahahaha and hehehehe...he laughed.
    Needless to say where he's at and some of the things which has happened in his life cause he did not want to do some ish different. Least, that's my take on the matter.

    ONE thing I love and RE~spect about you Brother Warrior King is that you DO!!!!!:hearts3:

    That BE~ing said:.....BlacKTasTic Ideal!!!
    Black Family Discount Cards! Brillant Ideal...[man, ya'll gotta KNOW how badly I want to make a vid RE~sponse to this...yet, I'm working on the writing thing and not willing to put myself out HERE like that no more.]

    And, I'm thinking....
    Black Family Discount Cards, get yours today
    Available exclusively at Destee.com!
    "Where Family Means Everything"
    or some catchy slogan.
    :thinking:


    Ideal....Good or Bad
    For those into competition, let's go for a jingle and/or marketing slogan
    See what We can RE~arrange/Create to 'sell' the ideal to Black Businesses.


    I'm sure something else will come to mind over the next few days ...a 'stronger' slogan with meaning and connections to the principles Mama Destee has set up here.


    M.E.

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    truetothecause Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Good Ideal or Bad Ideal:?:


    BACK TO BLACK!
    SOLUTIONS FOR BLACK FAMILY BIZNIZ!


    As a Slogan for Black Family Discount Cards

    M.E.


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  4. Metaverse

    Metaverse Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Ah Queen Sistah Truetothecause! You added another element to the idea! I didn't realize these cards could in fact be used to promote Destee as well. After all, this is in fact a "Black Business" so all Black owned web businesses can be involved. The fact that these cards can be purchased or distributed exclusively on Destee.com or any Black owned site will allow that site also to be marketed to our people.

    See, this thread is already working.

    Back to Black! Is a good idea!
     
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    MenNefer Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Hate to say Bad or Good

    But for this instance (and the sake of discussion) I'll say it's bad because it holds the black business accountable to scrutiny from other ethinicities or cultures; sacrificing business they could have gotten from them. Inturn it forces the black business to rely on the black family whom may not be fully commited to enough products to keep the business IN business enough to continue the liability of offering the discount. We might as well purposely create our own currency that out weighs the dollar and appeal to black businesses to research unique trends within the black community and provide those services. We should provide a small discount to other cultures/ethnicities that want to partake in the spreading of our currency as a courtesy for them giving US there *Time and Energy* (concerning the propagation of our monetary system). We should start with our products that are already selling, like in the entertainment venue after these entertainers (who have black families) agree to unionize (NFL, NBA, anything we do presently that others can't get enough of) and after the union negotiate an agreed amount of Black dollars will be put into the coffer and spread befor we *Mutually* provide any services. This would give entertainers alittle more leverage but at the same time show a willingness to compromise/bargain with owners and consumers (eating the overhead on the discount that comes with *others* using the black dollar through Union taxes). The bite from the Union Tax is covered in the long run through the increasing # of consumers spreading the black/african currency. :shades: Well thats my piece for idealism.
     
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    Metaverse Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you Bro. MenNefer,

    Your input is well received. Brilliant evaluation. All ideas should be weighted first at least conceptually, and I can definitely visualize the issues you are detailed.
    Having such a card, would be specific and towards a certain demographic, which would be us- Black people. Hence, directly excluding other ethic groups that can also benefit from the products and service of this Black owned business. I have to accept that point of view, because I might rely on 100% of my business to come from Black people but that might not be these case for all Black businesses.

    Good Call Bro. MenNefer!

    I actually did think of that when I first started sketching the idea out in my mind. Ironically I was loosely inspired by those African calling cards I see at the gas station. I'm sure many of us have seen them. Some of them are actually very offensive. I figured well, here's product that caters to one direct demographic, because usually only Africans are purchasing these cards to get a discount on their calls. The major scam however, is that if you look closely- they are all made by same telecommunication companies that simply change the graphics on the card for different countries.

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    I believe it is possible to create a discount card for Black businesses to offer their customers without excluding other groups. The best way to do that is to offer the cards to customers who frequent the establishment, and not have it be something they are passing out in the streets like flyers. Because then it might become an issue of exclusion.
     
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    Internet technology is not only changing how we do business, but how we create businesses. Websites like keen.com offer a very interesting package for people who can give instructions via the phone. From Spiritual Advisors to Plumbers, they charge anywhere from .89 to $4.99 per minute working from home or just about anywhere a signal can reach.

    Then we have the blogging and forum phenomenon that can pay some people millions a year just for google ads placed on their site.

    Of course, its never as easy as it sounds. The internet is creating businesses, because somehow it has promised to cut back on the long complicated process of making a business work.

    We have a different perspective here, when we are forced to consider how capitalism works just as well on the internet as it does offline. How is the African Consciousness gaining from this, if at all?

    Good Idea- Bad Idea?

    Can we use the internet to open up networks of trade with our Family in the entire African diaspora? Could Destee.com become an open line of communication for our family members who are online in Africa some -who are in English speaking forums and on yahoo/myspace as we speak?
     
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