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IT'S THE COMPUTERS, STUPID As a wholesale colored stone dealer, I have the opportunity to interact with both ends of the jewelry industry: as a buyer of rough and finished stones and as a dealer selling loose stones to jewelers. Over the last several years, I have seen an increase in hand-wringing and furrowed brows among suppliers, dealers and jewelers. They are all pretty much saying the same thing: "Business is OK but I am working three times as hard and making less profit. What has happened to the good old days?" The good old days they are referring to were the late '70s through the early '80s. Old days? The large expenditures the last two or three generations have incurred remain pretty much the same: a house, car, educations, clothes, food and entertainment. Competition among jewelers, though up, remains fairly consistent. I do not believe "the other jeweler" is the reason for
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