One of the current trends in American crypto-socialism is extolling the virtues of everything local: food, music — what have you. And so quite a few stores on the main drag here spot posters urging local shopping. As much as I want to live next to a cute shopping area, I’m just not going to spend my money at a place that doesn’t offer the best product at the best price. Still I can see the advantage of knowing what the local retailers are up to. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always translate into knowing that they are trustworthy.
Without naming any names… I find it a bit ironic when the “shop local” sign affixed to a messy storefront. Keeping the store clean is probably a more effective way to attract and retain customers.
I know a lot of people around here want “sustainable” agricultural products, but why not also carry something fresh? Especially if that something is fish. As far as “sustainability” is concerned, a supermarket chain is probably able to deliver goods producing a smaller carbon footprint.
Bait and switch is popular around here. Retailers advertise a sale and fail to give the discount, mislabel their goods and refuse to honor coupons. It’s probably illegal, though in most cases, I suspect, it has more to do with stupidity and confusion rather then evil intent. If I were dealing with a chain, I’d ask to talk to the manager, but since they are local people, I don’t want to raise a stink. I just don’t shop there anymore, and no placard will guilt trip me into patronizing their business.
I noticed that best small merchants rarely display “shop local” signs. They don’t need to, of course. I also noticed that quite a few of their customers come from out of town; if they were to embrace the “shop local” philosophy, they’d be effectively telling their customers to go away.
And besides, shopping local, isn’t it… xenophobic?
Look what turned up under “shop local” search terms!