Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD TuMday, March 5, 1974 WE MAKE IT EASY AT STORES Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S, Phone 327-8548 BIG VOLUME BARGAINS because we buy big for 180 Firestone Stores! General Electric 13 cu. ft. No-Frost Refrigerator This 1 3 cu fi No Frosi tefnyefatoi features a separate freezer compartnie it a 1 00 Ib capacity twin cuspeis plas r meat pan but ei and cheese keepers and optional roll out wheels Colors available for s 10 more NOW ONLY 359 CIRCLE BUYS We make it so easy at Electric 30" Automatic Range Plug Out Elements Roast Censor, Rotisserie Not exactly as illustrated NOW ONLY Toni's store stocks assorted solutions Written for The Canadian Press by M. HAROON SIDDIQI, Brandon Sun BRANDON, Man. (CP) If you're a farmer in western Manitoba and a belt on your tractor breaks right in the middle of harvesting, chances are you would head straight to Anthony Daniel Burneski's Dominion Tire and Radio in this city. With its electric, electronic, auto and mechanical parts crammed into hundreds of racks, "Toni's" tiny store is reputed to have the best and most comprehensive inventory of any similar- sized operation on the continent. Without the store's specialized pulleys, belts, light bulbs, resistors, condensers, tubes, fuses, hoses, tools and wrenches, many a farm or household or key industry could experience prolonged dis- ruptions through equipment breakdown. The store reflects the personality of its 62-year- old owner. For Mr. Burneski didn't become an institution in the area by skipping over details. Altogether he has spent 25 years on city council, almost four decades in his store and 47 years of successful dabbling on the stock market. He feels the time has come to strip the waste associated with unbridled free enterprise "no matter whom it hurts, even the companies I have stocks in What now exists, he says, is an era of shoddy products and built-in obsolescence. "Items that can be fixed are discarded. We've simply loaded our garbage dumps with them." He asks why should there be varieties of domestic and commercial light bulbs? Why are there 350 varieties of oven elements, over 70 kinds of coils in clothes dryers? "Why is it that my car fender has to be changed every year? Is this.new fender with a new twist to it which is more difficult to iron out any better than the old solid fender which was geometrically systematic and esthetically pleasing- and much easier to fix7 "I go out to buy some wrapping paper and I get it in a colored box with a see- through window, all enclosed in a pliofilm and then wrapped in a paper bag for me to carry. The damn thing was wrapping paper to start with." While there has been all this "unnecessary proliferation in labor- saving gadgetry without any significant improvement in any of he says, there has been no corresponding in- crease in the number of repairmen. In his store he has to deal with hundreds of "harried customers who don't even know exactly what they want from me They are going to be fixing something for the first in their lives because it has come to a point where there is no one else to fix it for them." "It then becomes a question of helping, instructing, explaining and advising almost to the point of installing the damn thing." About slow-moving merchandize, Mr. Burneski recalls how, some years ago, he ordered a particular belt after some hesitation. No sooner was it delivered than a man came looking for one. He had tried every other shop in Manitoba and his feed mill and workers had been idle for days. When he produced the cherished belt, the man "just about fell through the floor" The only answer, he says, is "standardization and some semblance of order in what all we manufacture." AGRICULTURAL TRADE World trade in agricultural products is dominated by developed countries. The U.S. exports 19 per cent of the world total and imports 10 per cent. Canada exports 4.5 per cent of the world total and imports two per cent. DROP IN SEE US AT OUR BOOTH AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR AG-EXPO SPECIAL 40 x 48' x 14' IUTIER FARHSTEDI BUILDINGS COMPLETE WITH: 20' x 14' Doubte Doer, MM Entfml, aN Materials required to ABOVE COMPLETE IN GALVANIZED MATERIAL ABOVE COMPLETE WITH COLORED SIDEWALLS and are good for AQ-EXPO WEEK only! F.O.I. PHONE 327-0334 2O12 SOUTH MATOH MJICBRTM Owvt ALT a.