Every day of the workweek, Ernest Robison opens the doors to his business/warehouse just west of the I-15 freeway and gives away his inventory. He's been doing it for 17 years. And he's still going strong. His secret to success? His crack business plan? He hesitates before he answers. It's not something they teach at Harvard Business School. "Miracles," he finally says. "I see so many miracles — just one after another." Ernie deals in what is known in the trade as durable medical equipment. It's the kind of stuff you don't know you need until you know you need it: walkers, crutches, bath chairs, trapeze bars, heavy-duty mattresses, hospital beds, portable toilets, power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, lifts, stair glides, and hundreds of other items with names you've never heard that help people function when everything doesn't function. Every single item is priced the same: free. And every single day pieces go out and pieces come in. It's a remarkable display of capitalism except without the capital.
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