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LETTER TO THE EDITOR| Some don’t shop local
To the editor:
For years I’ve been a big proponent of “Shop the Rock” — buy local; keep our money circulating locally and reduce transportation costs.
I thought it a good idea, even if the products cost a bit more.
I thought it even more important as our economy began going sour and local businesses began disappearing.
A few weeks ago, I was in a local business and used the restroom. Their supply cupboard had no doors and there, spread before me, was an array of products that aren’t sold locally: tissue, paper towels, cleaning products, etc. with the Kirkland brand.
That’s right: Costco stuff.
Perhaps I’m naïve, but I had always assumed that local business owners shopped locally to help support each other, to help keep the community strong.
I’ve been visiting a lot of local bathrooms lately. I’ve been paying attention to the various products stores and restaurants use — and sometimes sell. The majority of items I’ve spotted so far come from the mainland, where they can get a good price.
Summary: So I pay a bit more so that the owners can take the money and shop off the island?
Critical thinking would indicate that I could just go to Costco myself, shop, cut out the extra step — and save money in the process!
I can understand why a business such as a grocery store buys on the mainland — but is it the case that the grocery store wouldn’t give a discount to local businesses that bought products from them? And if the grocery store is using business supplies, wouldn’t it make sense to buy them locally? And if a restaurant is selling a variety of pastries, why not use local bakers?
As more local businesses close, maybe owners need to consider how big a part they themselves play in the downward spiral.