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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.

Fascinating.

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.

Fascinating.

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!

Fascinating.

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.

Marian Blue

Clinton

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