I was unloading groceries from the trunk of my car when a large, bald butcher named Max (No, I’m not making this up) walked by and noticed that my grocery bags all proclaimed, “I (Heart) my CUB!”
Unfortunately for me, Max is from the local, independently owned and operated grocery store.
Just as Max the Butcher prepared to carve me into thin slices, my neighbor showed up. Fortunately, my neighbor is the friend whom Max was about to visit. My neighbor calmly reassured Max that I was simply lost, starving, drunk, and new to the neighborhood, and that I ALWAYS patronize my local small business establishments, and would NEVER make such a mistake again.
What does this have to do with this
I guess I didn’t need to be threated by a large, bald, butcher named Max to realize that keeping your money in the community is a wise consumer policy. It won’t stop me from buying computer parts from Newegg.com, but now I’m much more conscious of where my money goes when I shop.
Every dollar you spend is a vote about the kind of world you want to live in. -Conrad Zero
And I think I’ll start shopping at the local grocer more often.
It looks like the James Matthewson article is no longer there, but while looking for it, I found a other resources.
The wikipedia article about the Wal-Mart Effect lists plenty of other books and references about the issue.
The website http://walmarteconomy.com/ gives examples of exactly how Wal-Mart’s business practices are a “race to the bottom.”
There’s even a hashtag #WalmartEconomy you can use to research and discuss the issue.