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Richard Lawrence Cohen

I've read that theory, or slogan, before. What ridiculous ethnocentric reductionist nonsense. Beginning with the reduction of all forms of exchange to economics.

Andrew Charnley

I wish I could remember who first said this in the twentieth century but it was either the founder of Ford Motor Company in 1922 or the founderof IBM. I worked with both organisations but I cannot seperate this in my head. It is a simple fact of life and is a bases of 'cause and effect'. You cannot have one without the other. Modern commerce turned Demand Versus Supply around by employing the marketing stimulas of 'awareness, and desire', usually with something that attracted their attention to the sale pitch or advert to cause the purchase to happen. The result is Demand is stimulated by Supply coming before Demand. If that require explanation then schooling has failed us all and I left at fifteen years of age.

Miles Byrne

Richard, read but not understood - don't sell your books, post the material to be freely available on the web!

Ernest M Kraus

If there is no demand, then one can have all the supply possible. It doesn't go off the shelf without demand; that's salesmanship.
There are two things in life; wants and needs. It takes salesmanship to sell wants.

Ernest M Kraus

If there is no demand, then one can have all the supply possible. It doesn't go off the shelf without demand; that's salesmanship.
There are two things in life; wants and needs. It takes salesmanship to sell wants.

Bill

Hi There
I found out the origin of the saying this week and have just confirmed it as being Arthur "Red" Motley.
Among other things he was the chairman of the US chamber of Commerce.
It was the title for a popular talk he gave, and I'm sure explained further.
To me it means that nothing much is possible in the type of world we live in unless the economic system functions.

Cheers
Bill

James H Nicholas

I just ran across a vinyl 33 1/3 rpm album called, "Nothing Happens Until Somebody Sells Something". It was produced by the 'Businessmen's Record Club', and dated (copyright date) 1959 by M.C. Lacy, of the 'Lacy Sales Institute' box 66, Newton Centre 59, Massachusetts - Telephone number - LAsell 7-4472. It is authored by, Aurthur H. "Red" Motley, President, Chamber of Commerce, of the United States; Publisher of 'PARADE' magazine. The album is "LP- 101" high fidelity, produced by 'BRC' (Businessmen's Record Club). It is inscribed and hand-signed by 'Red' Motley.
I hope this helps your inquiry. Jimmy Nich.

Steve Martin

There are many theories about who coined the saying,"Nothing happens until somebody sells something." I thought it was William Danforth, Jr. founder of Ralston Purina.

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