Big-Box Swindle

Back on my campaign saddle (well I never got off) against the big-box chains, including bookstores, that are contributing to the 'blandification' of local communities. Here's a link to a new title by Stacy Mitchell (Institute of Local self-Reliance) about the phenomenom, and how it hurts all of us.

I realize that everytime I criticize the chains and Amazon, some LISNews readers rush to defend them, and ok, bring it on, but I will never be convinced that the change in retailing here in the U.S., and now abroad, is better for anyone other than the mega-retailers, on-line and off. They are taking away your communities without a whit of shame.

If you get a chance, go see Stacy speak at one the locations on her list, including the Salt Lake City and Portland Maine Libraries.

Comments

Gentle Disagreement

Why just "box stores"?

Economies of scale is what drives franchising in all sectors. You can't cherry-pick in economics, that is if economics is the true basis of your argument. McDonalds, Trader Joe's, Blockbuster, Lowes, Starbucks....et al are all complicit in destroying Hometown USA.

God bless you and your efforts Birdie to rally the masses however your appeal here is an exercise in luddite economics.

Re:Gentle Disagreement

Thanks Tomeboy for the 'God bless'...if there is a God, I'm not sure of it but I appreciate the good thoughts just the same.

However, I am sure about what corporatization is doing to our hometowns including mine, not your average mid-America city, but center of trade in the U.S.

Beacon Press

If you follow Birdie's link and then choose Beacon Press as a place to attempt to purchase the book, they are out of stock. Funny thing is that Wal-Mart has them in stock. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_ id=4993794

From an economics standpoint Beacon sells low enough that Walmart can buy the book and sell is for $16 and make a profit but if I try to buy from Beacon or an independant they want $24.95. For the average working American $24.95 is a lot of money. Walmart will ship the book to my door for $17.07 and make a profit doing it. The difference between shipped to my door and what an independent wants to charge is $7.88. Why should I pay the independent $7.88 more? Because of their atmosphere? I don't want to pay for atmosphere. Because they can recomend a book to me? I already know what book I want.

Nothing like an open mind.

but I will never be convinced that the change in retailing here in the U.S., and now abroad, is better for anyone other than the mega-retailers, on-line and off.

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