Listen, I get it, buying local is good. I’m not even talking about food, which is what most people seem to be concerned about. Overall though, buying anything – whether it be food, furniture, books, clothes, etc etc – it is always best to buy from a local ‘mom and pop’ shop to support local industry.
Now, bear in mind that I am by no means an economist, but it seems to me I got financially screwed here… When the final installment of the Harry Potter series came out (yes I read Harry Potter, all of them; and as of the end of this weekend will have seen all the movies, I enjoy them, fuck you), I could purchase it at a local bookstore for $29.95…or I could take my ass to the closest Barnes & Noble (not Barnes & Nobles) and buy it for 20% off the cover price. Even better, or worse, I could have gone for the closest Wal-Mart for $15.99. Of course, Wal-Mart and B&N were sold out, and despite everything I know and love telling me to wait for the discount, I bought it locally.
Great, I read the book, $15 poorer. Many might say, “Well good for you, son. You helped out a local business today…and really stuck it to those corporate conglomerates.” I think my response would be something along the lines of, “Absolutely, I have to run now though…need to go buy some rice instead of eating out and supporting a locally owned restaurant establishment!”
It all just seems like a big fucking circle to me. Believe me, I’d much rather support Bear Pond Books all the time, and not Barnes & Noble (or some hand crafted VT furniture store instead of Bernie & Phyls Discount Furniture), but if I did that, I’d probably have to do all my grocery shopping at Shaws instead of local farm stands, and never eat out. I feel like I’ve found a pretty happy medium with it though to be honest, do my stuff locally when I can…and if not I look elsewhere.
Just please, stop shoving it down my effing throat. I know – Local good, Wal-Mart bad. Just some other food for thought…I know there are all these horror stories about places like Wal-Mart and how they treat their employees. However, if we as a nation rose up and boycotted these types of stores, wouldn’t a lot of people be out of a job? Something tells me that the 1.4 million Wal-Mart employees around the USA would rather deal with a shitty boss than no boss at all.
Reading over this I realize that A. it is longer than I wanted it to be and B. it makes me come across like I’m a huge supporter of big corporations. I’m not. I just think it’s a little naive and annoying to get have this Buy Local crap crammed down my throat all the time, when life isn’t nearly that simple.