Trouble in River City

With all the trouble the industry has endured this year, the Music Man song title came to mind when I read about Jewelers of America's decision to “redefine its relationship with state and regional affiliate associations.” According to the press release issued by JA, “its board of directors determined that its business model was not sustainable to cover its operating expenses.” It seems to me that JA has put itself in an awkward and probably untenable position in taking this action and giving notice that the current arrangement will be terminated Aug. 17, 2009. The reaction of jewelers around the country has been negative for the most part and has resulted in a number of searing comments, as evidenced in various blogs. I've always looked at the organization as the one that could and should best represent the interests of the retail jeweler, particularly the independent retail

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