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When the Downturn Means An Uptick

When the Downturn Means An Uptick

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I drove from Washington, DC, to western Massachusetts over the weekend — a grueling trip in a Penske truck (don't ask) made even worse by the number on the gas pump when we stopped to refuel. The whole trip cost double. Which of course, like everybody else, has a horrible domino effect on my pocketbook. That domino effect has a very different impact on some businesses — pawn shops, for instance, and the people running those foreclosure tours. I talked to a guy who runs a store that sells stuff for people on eBay — he's done so well that he moved into a storefront. So this hour: postcards from the edge of the crappy economy. If you work in a business that has seen some benefit from the downturn, tell us about it. Or, if you've found a strategy to take advantage of it, what's your brilliant idea? (And don't tell us you've got a reservation at Nobu — that's just annoying.)