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You give your new tactic three days and, somehow, business has actually gotten worse. On the fourth, you decide to walk around the Presidium to check on your competitors. Surely they're feeling the weight of this bizarre sudden galactic recession as well. They must be.
As you approach the row of stores on the other side of the Presidium, you're shocked to find all of your old customers, and more, swarming the sales terminals. You push past the crowds to get close. Maybe the other shops are selling some new whiz-bang product you don't have yet. You quickly run your eyes over the inventory. Nope, nothing new. You carry all of it, and in fact, your prices are cheaper than this! Then why would all these people--and that's when you hear it, a distinctly familiar voice playing from the speaker above you in crystalline clarity. "I'm Commander Shepard," it says, "and this is my favorite store on the Citadel."
Shepard, Shepard ... you think. Where have I heard that name? You swiftly run from store to store, hearing the same message play above every sales terminal on the station. Every terminal, but yours. You run back to your store and run an Extranet search on the man's name. Apparently, that Shepard character is some sort of hero. Well, how were you supposed to know that? Maybe your ex was right. You really should pay more attention to the news.
This is just temporary, you think frantically, a passing craze. Things will return to normal soon. Of course they will, right?