How to deal with a predator


Case alumnus Herbert Henry Dow, founder of Dow...

Great story about taking the negative, and repackaging it as a positive.

Herbert Dow founded Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan when he invented a way to produce bromine cheaply. He sold the chemical for industrial purposes all over the US for 36 cents per pound at the turn of the 20th century. He couldn’t go overseas, however, because the international market was controlled by a giant German chemical cartel that sold it at a fixed price of 49 cents per pound. It was understood that the Germans would stay out of the US market so long as Dow and the other American suppliers stayed within its borders.

Eventually Dow’s business was in trouble and he had to expand. He took his bromine to England and easily beat the cartel’s fixed price of 49 cents per pound. Things were okay for a while until a German visitor came to Michigan and threatened Dow that he had to cease and desist. Dow didn’t like being told what to do and told the cartel to get lost.

Shortly thereafter German bromine started appearing for sale in the US for 15 cents per pound, way below Dow’s price. The cartel flooded the US market, offering the chemical way below their own costs, intending to drive Dow out of business. But Dow outsmarted them. He stopped selling in the US market entirely and instead arranged for someone to secretly start buying up all the German bromine he could get his hands on. Dow repackaged it as his own product, shipped it to Europe, and made it widely available (even in Germany) at 27 cents per pound. The Germans were wondering 1) why wasn’t Dow out of business and 2) why was there suddenly such demand for bromine in the US??

The cartel lowered its price to 12 cents and then 10 cents. Dow just kept buying more and more, gaining huge market share in Europe. Finally the Germans caught on and had to lower their prices at home. Dow had broken the German chemical monopoly and expanded his business greatly. And customers got a wider range of places to buy bromine at lower prices.

Dow went on to do the same trick to the German dye and magnesium monopolies. This is now the textbook way to deal with predatory price cutting.

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Peter said to Him, ’Lord, why can I not follow You now?’ —John 13:37


“Never run before God gives you His direction. If you have the slightest doubt, then He is not guiding. Whenever there is doubt— wait.

At first you may see clearly what God’s will is— the severance of a friendship, the breaking off of a business relationship, or something else you feel is distinctly God’s will for you to do. But never act on the impulse of that feeling. If you do, you will cause difficult situations to arise which will take years to untangle. Wait for God’s timing and He will do it without any heartache or disappointment. When it is a question of the providential will of God, wait for God to move.”

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Meeting JeNell Blocher. One incredible lady.


JeNell Blocher

I’ve added another member to the village. Her Name is JeNell Blocher and boy does she have some stories to tell. I’ll be posting a few here in the days to come. But, I’m also hoping to get back down to Ocean Springs and get a few more out of her.

Incredible lady.

Go to the link below to see the video.

via Woman walks 80 miles for 80 years.

Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing: Parent’s Campaign, Education Superintendent lobbying should worry parents and anger taxpayers


Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing: Parent’s Campaign, Education Superintendent lobbying should worry parents and anger taxpayers | Mississippi PEP.

Plunkett to direct Alzheimer’s development


Plunkett to direct Alzheimer’s development

The Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association announced that Keith Plunkett of Flora will take over the duties of Development Director for the organization.

Plunkett has worked in the field of communications for political campaigns and non-profits across Mississippi and is a communications strategist with Horizon Media Marketing, a communications strategy firm he founded that specializes in integrating traditional and online communications.

In 2010, Plunkett launched Lucy’s Revenge, a statewide fundraising event named for his grandmother, Lucy Plunkett, to help fund the Alzheimer’s Association’s work in the state.

via NEWS BRIEFS – Madison County Journal – Madison County Mississippi.

Keith discusses Presidential Primaries, Governor Bryants budget recommendations and charter schools with Fredie Carmichael on WMOX Radio in Meridian


Keith discusses Presidential Primaries, Governor Bryants budget recommendations and charter schools with Fredie Carmichael on WMOX Radio in Meridian | Horizon Media Marketing.