Want to own a police car? Entire public works site for sale for Unity Park

This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. The city’s former public works campus is being auctioned off to make way for Unity Park. (Photo: City of Greenville) For Unity Park to come, a bunch of stuff has got to go — and so now’s your chance to own a police car or just about anything else, even if it’s bolted down. The city’s former public works campus is being auctioned off to make way for Unity Park. (Photo: City of Greenville) The former campus of the city of Greenville’s public works department is being dismantled in preparation for demolition, which will ultimately clear the way for the $73 million signature park west of downtown. As of Tuesday afternoon, when the city conducted a walk-through of the facility for prospective bidders, police cars were going for less than $2,000 and flat-bed trucks less than $3,000. A vending machine stood at $215, with snacks apparently still left inside. One entire building was going for $6 (though you have to tear it down).  The city’s former public works campus is being auctioned off to make way for Unity Park. (Photo: City of ...

The Smartest Way To Sell A Product Is To Position It Like A Service

Products face a tough marketplace. But companies can break out of that rut by positioning them like services instead: renewable must-haves. The U.S. is an increasingly tough place for product companies. Back in 1990, manufacturing dominated 36 state economies; as of 2015, the last year for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data, it’s the top industry in just seven.Product companies will never disappear entirely from the U.S. economy, but the writing is on the wall: Growth-focused companies should sell a service. Services are viewed as renewable, relationship-driven assets — much harder to get rid of or work without. Products, on the other hand, are often treated as something that could be sold to the lowest bidder or freshest new competitor. But that does a real disservice to product-driven businesses. The solution: They need to position themselves like service-driven businesses.Step Up to a ServiceAlthough some services, such as Uber and Airbnb, require no hardware, others do. A subscription office snack provider has no service until it creates the snacks. A construction equipment leasing company needs trucks and backhoes to establish a viable business. The challeng...