Tip #7 – Shop Local, Big Box Stores or Online
My original idea with my 25 Tips of Christmas was to bring you ways to reduce stress during the Holiday Season. I hope I have given you some ideas to ponder in the last six days and that you’ll continue reading through all 25 tips.
Let me start off today’s post by saying – I love Amazon.com. I’m a Prime Member, I have the Kindle App on my iPad, I order many things from them throughout the year, I am selling my eBooks on their site. So there – I said it – I love Amazon.com.
Today, my friend, shared a blog link on her Facebook status about Amazon’s attempt to sway consumers away from shopping local this Saturday by offering people $5 if they scan the bar-code of an item they see in a local store and upload it using their new Price Check App. If the consumer then goes and buys the item at Amazon instead of the local store, they get $5.
That’s the concept pretty simplified – – Here’s the link to the blog – http://gawker.com/5865612/amazon-launches-christmas-attack-on-local-shops And here’s a link to a little more information on the topic – http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Amazons-Price-Check-Slams-Retailers-73915.html
Ok – so here is my stance on the topic: Times are tough and I would hope that most everyone is trying their best to do what is right for their individual conscience and situation. Truthfully, I really want to buy all organic food and buy all my purchases locally. But realistically – I can’t afford it! It’s that simple. So I pick and choose what works for me, my family’s needs and our budget. I hate that things are all driven by money – but the truth of the matter is – they are.
But this is where I think Amazon’s actions are tacky. Hey Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart – – etc. – – we all know who you are and we all know you offer low prices. Please don’t make us turn on our local businesses and do your investigating for you. It takes a balance and I truly belive we can all exist in this market. Speciality, local stores with great customer service – online retailers and large box stores with discounted pricing- I really think we need them all. Let’s not pin one against the other – please find other ways to let consumers decide.
So I guess my tip for today is – do what is right for you and your situation. But let it be you that makes the decisions based on your ideals and your individual circumstances.
Thanks for reading!
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