We English - a nation of (RSS) shopkeepers
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We English are a nation of shopkeepers. Napoleon Bonaparte said so.
As just such a shopkeeper, I have to say that I do love my work. I get up early every morning to check how sales went overnight. How many customers came in? What did they buy? Did they ask for anything that I haven't got in stock? I then check the money 'take' to confirm what's selling well and what's not. My shop, by the way, is a 'open all hours' Internet enterprise.
My next joys are to replenish the shelves of my shop with fresh products and remove any old stock. This isn't a manual labour of love though. It's just a matter of visiting several wholesalers on the 'net (the affiliate network sites) and ordering stock. These sites offer shopkeepers like me a growing number of RSS product feeds.
I simply select the merchants I want to do business with and the products I want to stock. The degree of product selection available to me depends on the way the RSS feeds have been set-up. Sometimes, I must take every product a merchant offers me (or none at all); often I can take a group of products from various merchants; usually, I can opt for a specific product with high value to my customers.
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