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5 reasons why it’s great to lose your job. October 22, 2011

Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. Back in July 2010, I wrote a post here at Poor Richard’s Almanac about how Hallmark Cards’ Shoebox division had come out with a line of cancer- and chemo-related cards. (Type “A different kind of card” in our search bar at upper right to find and read that post.) One of them was “5 reasons why it’s great to lose your hair,” thus the title of today’s post. My point was that Hallmark, a very successful, market-savvy company, would not have launched a line of cancer-themed cards if its research hadn’t convinced it that the market for them was huge.

Now Hallmark has apparently come out with a new line of  “reality” cards, this time, sure enough, on the “sorry you lost your job” theme. With so many of us being fired, laid off, phased out, forced into early retirement, being offered the choice of moving to Outer Horrifica or “voluntarily” giving up our jobs, being transitioned to part-time status, being offered the “option” of working longer hours for lower pay, taking on two (or more) jobs for the same pay, or leaving, not being renewed, and you name it, the market for these cards is certainly there.

Smart move, Hallmark! There’s just one little problem: Now none of us can afford to buy one of your cards to send to the latest casualty.

              ‘Til next time,

                           Silence

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