Originally Posted by OrdinaryAvgGuy
IMHO, supporting local is about the same as the government subsidizing Amtrak. Local shopping is a dying breed as eCommerce sites can deliver the goods for much less.
Even with the cost of shipping, the overall price (when you make a large order) is much less when compared to the local price.
As the diehard anti-technology crowd dies off, brick and mortar stores will be a thing of the past.
I don't agree.
Buying local supports your community with jobs.
Every dollar spend local makes it's rounds through the local community several times.
When that dollar is making it's rounds, it may come back to where you work and help keep you employed.
It's the same theory as buying American made products.
When we get to the point of ecommerce taking over, you won't be able to shop local.
When you need another vial of yeast, there will be no place local to buy it. Same will go with a T.V. or a pair of shoes.
I do think however that the local guys have to do their part.
Sometimes the attitude of I'm the only game in town causes price gouging. If they don't play fair, I don't feel the need to support them.
With the volume of sales and the overhead of a brick and mortar store, your local store isn't charging in excess.
They probably eek out a living at what they charge.
They will also be there if you need something and don't want to wait a week or pay huge costs to get it in two days.