I know, I know, Black Friday, and my inbox is full of offers, too.
Sometimes the best activism is doing nothing. Today is one of those days.
But here’s the thing: small retailers on your main street need your bucks more than Big Stores. The money stays in your community, pays wages to your friends and neighbors, who then spend it in your community too. That is the multiplier effect that economists talk about, and it is real. Something like 97¢ of every dollar stays in town when you shop locally.
Instead of spending your hard-earned buck and have it shipped back to The Walton Family in another very red state, go to your local Ma and Pa, find a book at your independent book seller, don’t give Bezos a dime. Have lunch at your local cafe, stay away from the Corporate Microwaved Food Pellet dispenser, and for dawg’s sake, stay away from union-busting Starbucks.
There are so many local ways you can get-on your retail therapy. Choose one and know you are doing a greater good.
Meanwhile, here’s a great article about the proposed merger between Kroger’s and Albertsons. We got a heap o’ trouble coming our way if this thing is approved.