Please support our smaller local merchants
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#1 Mar 8, 2013
Each of us can do a part to keep our small local merchants viable and in business.
Think twice about shopping at big box stores and pay a visit to a smaller merchant instead for the goods that you need.
Instead of hitting a fast food joint, try a local eatery.
Instead of Walmart and Lowe's, steer your vehicle towards one of our good local hardware, office supply, gift, jewelry, grocery, bakery & etc. stores.
#2 Mar 8, 2013
yeah because we can all afford to pay DOUBLE a the local merchants. Right.
#3 Mar 8, 2013
What gives you the idea that you pay double? If you are paying more it is usually because it is a better product that is carried at the local businesses, not something that they have millions of produced with millions of defects. Also, sometimes prodcuts at local businesses are more expensive, that is based on the fact that local business tries to support local companies and companies based in the US, not from overseas.
#4 Mar 8, 2013
easy, comparison shopping. you pay more at the local stores for the EXACT SAME items as you would the big box stores. Even a halfwit like you should understand that.
#5 Mar 8, 2013
You can shop at smaller local merchants and get a lot of things for the same price or even cheaper!!!! Depends on where you go!!
#6 Mar 9, 2013
I like to shop at the locally owned businesses for one reason. There is always someone close by to help with selection and advice. Yes, most of the products come from CHINA but don't blame the shop owners. Blame our elected officials whose pockets are lined with the big businesses who force foreign products on us.
#7 Mar 9, 2013
The ones who shop at the big chains always feel they get the better deal, but in the real world they don't. The cunsumer gets what they pay for and even the small private owned small businesses offer special deals on items.
Stores in the end, need to make a profit one way or another when in retail.
Walmart, Herbs and such are discount stores selling whatever they can to anyone. Irregulars Herbs may deal with; walmart may sell overseas crap cheap(getting what you pay for for poor quality too)..
You may save a few bucks here and there, but in the end you won't get the personal service Ma and Pop stores will give and their service. Chains and Herbs are the opposite when it comes to this. how often do you go into Herbs and sit and chat for an hour with the owner or family????NEVER.....
Walmart..forget it...too big, too much for parking and a headache finding goods you actually need. First thing you see is all the 5 dollar crap from overseas to grab you as a loss leader or just plain crap clothing made out of the country.
We should feel like all of the refugees when it comes to wearing other countries clothing, as we all do it at some point since nothing seems to be made in USA in those stores.
You need to shop the locally own, shops, restaurants, clothing shops, antique shops and whoever may be left in business.
The specialty store locally owned will always have the local aspect of it over all those ugly chain stores grabbing what ever they can for business.
Instead of these big box stores having one or two in the area, they should have smaller stores then all over the country, but in a smaller more personable feel to them to get any locals to be comfortable with them.
#8 Mar 9, 2013
as usual, 100% completely wrong. Keep guessing, someday you might get something right in your pathetic life
#9 Mar 10, 2013
You really are stupid. Do a little research instead of critizing someone else.
"Throughout the United States, only about 33.6% of the revenue from national chains is reinvested into the community, which is very low compared to the 64.8% return from local businesses.(2009)
"- A study in Austin, Texas found that $100 spent at a local bookstore produced $45 worth of local economic activity, and $100 at the chain store Borders brought back only $13.
"- National chains often bring loss of employment. The opening of a Wal-Mart reduces retail employment by an average of 150 jobs in the county of its location.
"- Local businesses are usually established in city centers, instead of on the margins of communities like large chains, so they contribute less to pollution, congestion, habitat loss and urban sprawl.
"If the people of an average American city were to shift 10% of their spending from chains to local businesses, it would bring an additional $235 million per year to the community’s economy."
#10 Mar 10, 2013
This just shows how ignorant you are, everything this dumb dumb wrote is completely correct. Of course, their is usually no getting through to lazy, stupid, ignorant morons like you. Oh, got to go, I have to go to work at the local business that I work for so we can support welfare for you. I know you have all day to be on the computer, not having a job and all, but I will check in to see what witty comeback you have. You seem very intelligent.
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