Retirement Figures Disputed Bobby Wilkerson's comments in your interview were a bit self-serving and not entirely accurate (“Mistakes Jewelers Make When They Retire,” JCK, October 1999, p. 142). No doubt Mr. Wilkerson has a pretty good take on the industry, what with all the time and effort he's put into it. And I believe he's accurate, in a very general way, when he asserts jewelers think they're worth more than they really are and that they need assistance moving their stale stock. What I found objectionable was insinuating that there's no viable option for the jeweler seeking to retire other than using a company such as Wilkerson's. He stated that a retiring jeweler has three choices. One is to conduct a store sale to the public, and the other two involve using Wilkerson's company to conduct a sale. He stated that 2,500 to 4,000 stores go out of business every year, but for so

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