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(Reuters)   U.S. car sales hit 27-year low on news that Pittsburgh Steelers didn't cover the spread in Sunday's game   (uk.reuters.com) divider line 32
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2009-02-03 07:16:03 PM
www.about-seattlewa.com
 
2009-02-03 07:36:17 PM
Thant you Kurt Warner.


/took the Cards and the pionts
 
2009-02-03 07:59:53 PM
Are there any publicly traded used car dealers? Could be a good investment opportunity.
 
2009-02-03 10:35:18 PM
This is why we need a capital gains tax cut.
 
2009-02-03 11:12:20 PM
Man, it's almost as if durable goods sales fall during an economic slowdown. Crazy.
 
2009-02-03 11:13:14 PM
I thought this type of headline was meant to satirize financial events that had no apparent cause. The reasons for a drop in car sales aren't exactly mysterious.
 
2009-02-03 11:17:09 PM
blog.prospect.org

Like we need more cars...
 
2009-02-03 11:18:34 PM
Have they lowered the prices on their cars yet?
 
2009-02-03 11:21:01 PM
I don't need to buy a new car every 3-5 years. I don't care if you discount that new car another $5000, there is no reason I need to buy it right now or soon.
 
2009-02-03 11:27:18 PM
jjorsett: I thought this type of headline was meant to satirize financial events that had no apparent cause. The reasons for a drop in car sales aren't exactly mysterious.

Isn't that the way Fark memes always go though? One person thinks of a clever format for displaying some idea, a few people copy it in a way that's draws a chuckle, then everyone mindlessly copies it in places it doesn't belong and isn't funny to fit in and get headlines approved. See, also, Ric Romero, "Not News... News... Fark," "your dog wants...", etc.
 
2009-02-03 11:29:01 PM
Nicholas Urfe:
Isn't that the way Fark memes always go though? One person thinks of a clever format for displaying some idea, a few people copy it in a way that's draws a chuckle, then everyone mindlessly copies it in places it doesn't belong and isn't funny to fit in and get headlines approved. See, also, Ric Romero, "Not News... News... Fark," "your dog wants...", etc.


"A) B) C)" or "EVERYBODY PANIC" or "" .... blah blah blah

We need some new mods.
 
2009-02-03 11:30:02 PM
ScubaDude1960: Are there any publicly traded used car dealers? Could be a good investment opportunity.

Carmax is. They aren't even doing that well.

Autozone, O'Reilly, and their suppliers, perhaps?
 
2009-02-03 11:32:15 PM
Phil McKraken: "A) B) C)" or "EVERYBODY PANIC" or "" .... blah blah blah

We need some new mods.


You mean your dog wants new mods.
 
2009-02-03 11:57:29 PM
It's odd. Like being in a theater with smoke coming from the vents and people looking around at each other to determine whether its a fire or nothing to worry about and then cracking a joke and gobbling more popcorn and returning their gaze to the movie screen. Then, more smoke, and "oh, is it getting hot in here? or is it just me?"....and more smoke and a few people file out, but most just stick around and continue to pretend everything's okay, because, you know, they came to see the movie and dammit, they are comfortable and they don't want to leave. As the flames flicker closer, those in the back ignore it, because, well, its all the way across the theatre from them, and it probably won't get that far, so they stay...a bit nervous perhaps, but they really don't want to think this is going to affect them....other people, perhaps, and how sad, but its not going to affect them......
 
2009-02-04 12:01:17 AM
jjorsett
Phil McKraken: "A) B) C)" or "EVERYBODY PANIC" or "" .... blah blah blah

We need some new mods.

You mean your dog wants new mods.


Pro tip, he might get one on caturday.

/pretty damn watered down here.
 
2009-02-04 12:36:02 AM
johnnyrocket: Like we need more cars...

yeah, no shiat. I always envision these thousands of cars rolling off the lines every single day, and I wonder who the fark buys these cars? Who needs to buy these cars? China doesn't need this many godam cars.
 
2009-02-04 01:20:27 AM
Jacobin: It's odd. Like being in a theater with smoke coming from the vents and people looking around at each other to determine whether its a fire or nothing to worry about and then cracking a joke and gobbling more popcorn and returning their gaze to the movie screen. Then, more smoke, and "oh, is it getting hot in here? or is it just me?"....and more smoke and a few people file out, but most just stick around and continue to pretend everything's okay, because, you know, they came to see the movie and dammit, they are comfortable and they don't want to leave. As the flames flicker closer, those in the back ignore it, because, well, its all the way across the theatre from them, and it probably won't get that far, so they stay...a bit nervous perhaps, but they really don't want to think this is going to affect them....other people, perhaps, and how sad, but its not going to affect them......

So, let's say that we all think it is going to affect us, and we panic. What is the point of doing so? Whether you ignore it and keep doing what you've been doing or panic, the results are going to be the same for the vast majority.
 
2009-02-04 01:28:34 AM
of course they didn't cover the spread. The spread was ridiculous.
 
2009-02-04 02:02:56 AM
So when do the great deals on new cars arrive? ever? are they already here?
 
2009-02-04 02:06:01 AM
Nicholas Urfe: jjorsett: I thought this type of headline was meant to satirize financial events that had no apparent cause. The reasons for a drop in car sales aren't exactly mysterious.

Isn't that the way Fark memes always go though? One person thinks of a clever format for displaying some idea, a few people copy it in a way that's draws a chuckle, then everyone mindlessly copies it in places it doesn't belong and isn't funny to fit in and get headlines approved. See, also, Ric Romero, "Not News... News... Fark," "your dog wants...", etc.



And the Romero cliche is routinely used wrong. People use it when a news story covers something obvious. But when properly used, it's only for news stories that are several years late in reporting on a trend. So "Romero institute finds that vegetables are good for you" is not a proper Romero study. But "Romero institute discovers that kids are using cell phones to 'text' each other" would be.

/pet peeve
 
2009-02-04 02:43:15 AM
The ESPN line says Pit -3.5, which means they covered.

Therefore, car sales are booming.

/I reject your reality and substitute my own
 
2009-02-04 03:51:46 AM
ScubaDude1960: Are there any publicly traded used car dealers? Could be a good investment opportunity.

No, but Hyundai and Subaru reported major gains recently
 
2009-02-04 05:19:24 AM
My car is fifteen years old and its perfectly serviceable. Okay, so I live in New Zealand and it's only got 96,000 km on the odometer, but it's a Japanese model (Mitsubishi Mirage) and I don't think planned obsolescence was part of the design.
 
hej
2009-02-04 06:52:34 AM
Actually saw a Ford dealership advertising cars for half off. Granted, they were '08's, but still...
 
2009-02-04 07:44:40 AM
thisispete: My car is fifteen years old and its perfectly serviceable. Okay, so I live in New Zealand and it's only got 96,000 km on the odometer, but it's a Japanese model (Mitsubishi Mirage) and I don't think planned obsolescence was part of the design.

15 for both of mine, outside of oil changes I do nothing. No reason to go out and buy another one.
 
2009-02-04 12:00:35 PM
let's see: how about building cars people actually want to buy? instead of using the cheapest, nastiest, shiattiest parts from the lowest bidder, try building cars that feel like they're well made. and instead of throwing a tantrum every time the government attempts to mandate an increase in fuel economy or safety - how about leading the farking way?

just a thought.
 
2009-02-04 01:04:37 PM
Can you get a good one for under 20k? A good, GOOD one that will function 10 5 years with average driving and not putting the cost of a new car into repairs over that time period? One that the inside door panels won't fall off and the windows stop rolling up and down and without rips in the fabric of the seats and with paint oxidation? When you can, I'll buy one, until then I'll buy used and get one with 40-60k miles for 1/2-1/3 what it would cost new.
 
2009-02-04 01:08:42 PM
FlashHarry: let's see: how about building cars people actually want to buy? instead of using the cheapest, nastiest, shiattiest parts from the lowest bidder, try building cars that feel like they're well made. and instead of throwing a tantrum every time the government attempts to mandate an increase in fuel economy or safety - how about leading the farking way?

just a thought.



Toyota is down 35% and Honda is down 28%. I guess they better quit building crap huh?
 
2009-02-04 02:00:42 PM
spacechicken170am: FlashHarry: let's see: how about building cars people actually want to buy? instead of using the cheapest, nastiest, shiattiest parts from the lowest bidder, try building cars that feel like they're well made. and instead of throwing a tantrum every time the government attempts to mandate an increase in fuel economy or safety - how about leading the farking way?

just a thought.


Toyota is down 35% and Honda is down 28%. I guess they better quit building crap huh?


That's odd. Are we in some kind of economic downturn or something?
 
2009-02-04 02:20:06 PM
krelborne: spacechicken170am: FlashHarry: let's see: how about building cars people actually want to buy? instead of using the cheapest, nastiest, shiattiest parts from the lowest bidder, try building cars that feel like they're well made. and instead of throwing a tantrum every time the government attempts to mandate an increase in fuel economy or safety - how about leading the farking way?

just a thought.


Toyota is down 35% and Honda is down 28%. I guess they better quit building crap huh?

That's odd. Are we in some kind of economic downturn or something?


Yeah, it's funny how many people just thought sales were only down for the domestic manufacturers so they came in with their preloaded 5 year old American auto bashing replies. There are a few actually selling more cars but I wouldn't call them leaders. Hyundai and Suburu are posting growth but Honda, Toyota, Nissan, GM, Ford, Chrysler and any of the other leaders all posted losses.
 
2009-02-04 02:56:30 PM
Nicholas Urfe: jjorsett: I thought this type of headline was meant to satirize financial events that had no apparent cause. The reasons for a drop in car sales aren't exactly mysterious.

Isn't that the way Fark memes always go though? One person thinks of a clever format for displaying some idea, a few people copy it in a way that's draws a chuckle, then everyone mindlessly copies it in places it doesn't belong and isn't funny to fit in and get headlines approved. See, also, Ric Romero, "Not News... News... Fark," "your dog wants...", etc.


Actually the "..on news that" is one of the smartest things on fark. You here it every day on cable news and its always bullshiat. Every time.
 
2009-02-04 05:30:04 PM
ilambiquated: Actually the "..on news that" is one of the smartest things on fark. You here it every day on cable news and its always bullshiat. Every time.

It makes sense when used for oil, and perhaps the stock market. Not so much here.
 
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