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2020-11-28 8:24:29 AM  
I buy all my condoms local.

/I'm doing my part GIF
 
2020-11-28 8:29:30 AM  
Man, my local IKEA is going to be packed today.
 
2020-11-28 9:13:54 AM  
This is also the year of the Linux desktop!
 
2020-11-28 9:25:26 AM  
Local?  You mean the local hardware/everything store that actually discouraged their employees from wearing masks, and put up a sign that said (because of HIPAA and the 4th (!) amendment) if you came into the store not wearing a mask they weren't allowed to ask you why or tell you to wear a mask?

That local shop?

Ha!
 
2020-11-28 9:44:56 AM  
Shopping small this year could involve buying books from local or online indie bookstores
I bought Barack Obama's new book on the Amazon website, and will read it on the Kindle app

I hope this holiday season will prompt us to shop and give differently, so that we can serve our neighbors in a deeply tangible way. Honestly, that sounds far better than scoring a huge deal on a new Amazon Echo.
But I want a new Amazon Echo. I am going to buy the one with a video display so I can look up recipes.

I really don't like people telling me how to shop.  I shop local when I can, but when you live in Trumpland and store owners don't follow basic safety guidelines, caring for local businesses is low on the priority list.
Hell, the chain restaurants in my town are better at following social distancing guidelines than the local restaurants. I will be happy to shop local when the locals start respecting the community.
 
2020-11-28 9:48:48 AM  
I can only spend so much at the liquor store
 
2020-11-28 10:06:53 AM  
Shopping is a choice between driving around for a day trying to find the item you are looking for or spending 15 minutes buying it online.  I've also had the experience (all too often) of finding something online, then you call the store and get a "Huh?" or you go there and it's out of stock, even though the website said it was available.  I've even had the experience of not being able to find something in a store, an employee not being able to find it, and telling them their website says you have a palletful.  Then they check "in the back" and sure enough.

I'm retired, but my time is still valuable to me.

Services are a whole different game, as in fill out a contact form, follow up with a call, call again.  Get scheduled for three months out.
 
2020-11-28 10:43:47 AM  

SecondaryControl: Local?  You mean the local hardware/everything store that actually discouraged their employees from wearing masks, and put up a sign that said (because of HIPAA and the 4th (!) amendment) if you came into the store not wearing a mask they weren't allowed to ask you why or tell you to wear a mask?

That local shop?

Ha!


My local hardware store has been masked since spring. And their stock is amazing, as long as you don't need more than 2 of what you are looking for, and you must have it today. They will order whatever you want. The selection of screws, nuts, bolts, etc. far exceeds the big box stores. The prices are usually the same, or just slightly higher than the big box stores. When I need something, they are always my first stop.
 
2020-11-28 10:47:35 AM  
As it might be the last year for many small businesses to exist, definitely take advantage while you can.
 
2020-11-28 10:50:29 AM  
The local grocery store I work at pays about par with Walmart (>Target) and charges 2-3x as much for the same stuff, all under the guise of a non profit where they tax deduct the full fresh price of enedible three day old pizza they give to homeless shelter to throw away.

But yeah, local businesses are great because you get farked over by someone who lives in your same area (at least on paper).

/support business that treat their workers right.
 
2020-11-28 11:06:24 AM  

Al Tsheimers: SecondaryControl: Local?  You mean the local hardware/everything store that actually discouraged their employees from wearing masks, and put up a sign that said (because of HIPAA and the 4th (!) amendment) if you came into the store not wearing a mask they weren't allowed to ask you why or tell you to wear a mask?

That local shop?

Ha!

My local hardware store has been masked since spring. And their stock is amazing, as long as you don't need more than 2 of what you are looking for, and you must have it today. They will order whatever you want. The selection of screws, nuts, bolts, etc. far exceeds the big box stores. The prices are usually the same, or just slightly higher than the big box stores. When I need something, they are always my first stop.


Oh, I was on board with mine right up until the whole pandemic--even though I knew they were staunch Republicans.  Nice old-line hardware store, well stocked.  Unless I could save significantly by buying on line, I always went to them first.

Now?

Never again.

It's a small town--if the town's visible 'leadership' (stores and restaurant owners) don't model the appropriate behavior then...who will?

I will take my trade elsewhere.
 
2020-11-28 12:16:46 PM  
Where are these local stores I always hear people speaking of? I haven't seen a locally owned store since the 80s. Liquor stores tend to be locally owned, and we have a small local hardware store here. Am I supposed to buy everyone a 6 pack and a box of nails for xmas?

I do most of my shopping locally, but they're chain stores. At least you can support the local people who work there, that's about the best you can do these days.
 
2020-11-28 12:24:10 PM  
*Chuckles in Bezos*
 
2020-11-28 3:23:58 PM  

SecondaryControl: Al Tsheimers: SecondaryControl: Local?  You mean the local hardware/everything store that actually discouraged their employees from wearing masks, and put up a sign that said (because of HIPAA and the 4th (!) amendment) if you came into the store not wearing a mask they weren't allowed to ask you why or tell you to wear a mask?

That local shop?

Ha!

My local hardware store has been masked since spring. And their stock is amazing, as long as you don't need more than 2 of what you are looking for, and you must have it today. They will order whatever you want. The selection of screws, nuts, bolts, etc. far exceeds the big box stores. The prices are usually the same, or just slightly higher than the big box stores. When I need something, they are always my first stop.

Oh, I was on board with mine right up until the whole pandemic--even though I knew they were staunch Republicans.  Nice old-line hardware store, well stocked.  Unless I could save significantly by buying on line, I always went to them first.

Now?

Never again.

It's a small town--if the town's visible 'leadership' (stores and restaurant owners) don't model the appropriate behavior then...who will?

I will take my trade elsewhere.


I agree with you. The only thing conservatives care about is "their" money. I vote with my wallet on everything that I can. Sometimes it costs more time and money, but I think it is worth it.
 
2020-11-29 12:44:28 AM  

ReapTheChaos: Where are these local stores I always hear people speaking of? I haven't seen a locally owned store since the 80s. Liquor stores tend to be locally owned, and we have a small local hardware store here. Am I supposed to buy everyone a 6 pack and a box of nails for xmas?

I do most of my shopping locally, but they're chain stores. At least you can support the local people who work there, that's about the best you can do these days.


"Small Business Saturday" is promoted by a multi-billion dollar financial services company. Don't you dare call it "grassroots."
 
2020-11-29 11:13:21 AM  

feanorn: As it might be the last year for many small businesses to exist, definitely take advantage while you can.


Yesterday I bought BBQ dinner from a roadside BBQ seller whose restaurant I had never heard of before.  Does that count?
 
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