Labor. You hustle(d). I hustled. We basically took what we needed from life, starting young, and with considerable struggle. Money is liquid and always changing in value, and I do believe most folks seek a goal while money is the tool to get there. That’s a basic understanding of finance and how the world works (or should work) that some folks miss. Their quest is money itself - a chimera. They end up ugly and brutal. Bean-counters (in geezer vernacular) did the same, and so it is with today’s clickmeisters. They gaze into their screens and watch the click-counters click. How much this has to do with selling some toys, I dunno. I should think one would better spend their time mopping.
But the labor pool is expecting to sit and watch clicks change. Not mop or deal with the public!!! I see the shock all too often, and it seems to be slow to be dealt with effectively. Also seeing a number of old folks putting in the hours. Kinda painful, but most are good if the kids listen and don’t get fired / leave first.
Delivery is also easier when the area is more vertical; the population more stacked up. Horizontal - like most rural areas - are so spread out delivery is if the postal person can make it through the snow today. (When I was out in Erie, there were times they could not. And that was just off a main road.)
Lotsa grist here.