It pained me greatly, but I had to go to WalMart today. Not for me, but for work. There was no part of my being that wanted to go in there, but I had to get bringer cards printed, and they’re the cheapest. Instead of waiting, I decided to drop them off and go back later to pick them up.
I went back two hours later, only to find they had printed 1 of the 150 I needed, so I ended up having to wait inside the store anyway. I walked around a bit, but I had no desire to shop, much less to be in a superstore of any type.
I boycotted WalMart for a long time, but eventually started shopping there again when I started on the single-mom budget. WalMart bullies their suppliers to keep their prices low and will support sweatshops if necessary to stock their shelves with an overabundance of low priced stuff. As the big superstores get bigger, the small businesses go out of business. Is bigger really better? I think the mentality of going into a superstore is one that encourages impulse spending and purchasing large quantities of unnecessary things. He who dies with the most wins? Hmmm, I’ll call this super hoarding. Just look in my garage… I’m clearly a victim of this.
I’m not here to pick on WalMart, but it does pose some interesting questions.
- Who are the small businesses in your town and do you support them?
- Are you willing to buy less of things you don’t need?
- Would you be willing to pay a little more to support the smaller businesses?
I answered these, but it wasn’t easy. Living in Cookiecuttersville, where everything is owned and operated by a chain, finding small businesses is no easy task. The small businesses I support are my local thrift stores, the donut place by my house and Andrea’s pizza. I am willing to buy less, and I’m also willing to pay a little more to keep the small places around.
With all that being said, I want to be more intentional about finding and supporting local small businesses in my area. 🙂