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  • October 23, 2017

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The Local Buy!

I was out and about and saw some signs posted that said, “Buy Local,” here and there. I have heard people stress them from time and time, and they have a valid point in many a case. But it doesn’t always hold.

How in the heck can you buy local when local doesn’t have what you need? Do they expect you to magically develop new needs or habits or wants or whatever you want to call it?

Then you go to the flip side, which few really think about, but we’ll go there anyway. Do we really expect them to get it in just for us or to create a whole new business just for us? Unless one is a true high and mighty wanker that would be a no.

So why in the heck do they expect customers to do the former? Of course the answer to that all comes back to the $$$$$$$.

Then when you get on the money, sometimes they do have what you want but it is double the price of Amazon, Wal-Mart, or wherever. Most can’t afford that. Especially when you are a poor, not so starving, author.

When it costs less to drive an hour and half, buy said product, and then drive back, that shows the prices are rather high.

Local food and such is probably worth the extra as there is less shipping of it and crap it was sprayed with to keep it looking pretty, like they do in grocery stores. But for many other products, it all comes back to the $$$$.

At least that is my ten cents worth.

Have you ever been pressured into buying local? Do you buy local even when it hits the wallet harder than going elsewhere? Have you ever thought of the flip side to their “buy local” way?

Enjoy life, forget the strife.

4 Comments

Hilary Melton-Butcher

2017-10-23 07:12:16 Reply

Hi Pat – I agree with your views … I’d love to buy local and do what I can here … but regrettably also take the easy way out … now is the time for seasonal fruits and vegetables and a good time to buy those in and perhaps make your own sauces … in the past I’ve done that – this year other things going on … cheers and buy local if you can – have a good week – Hilary

    Pat Hatt

    2017-10-23 09:36:13 Reply

    Yep, sometimes the easy way out sure comes when life needs be.

Snowcatcher

2017-10-23 09:34:27 Reply

I used to try to buy local before buying local was a thing. Now I’m not willing to drive around in what few spare hours I have looking for something no one carries. People in other places that offer things online have to feed families and pay house payments, too. It’s not just my town! I go to the farmer’s market as much as possible, but as you know, we’re approaching the season of no more fresh produce, so back to the LOCAL grocery store it will be for me. I’m going to miss those truly fresh tomatoes!!!

    Pat Hatt

    2017-10-23 09:36:58 Reply

    Can’t do much when the season changes indeed. And yep, those people sure need money too.

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