Do you go out of your way to shop at any local stores?

Bignuf Bignuf
Or do you just stick with the big chains or box stores?
06/15/2013
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novanilla novanilla
It depends on the product and store for me. I don't have anything against using chain stores. I grew up in a working class area and know lots of people who work at Walmart to pay their bills, and without it, in a small town like this, it would be even harder to find ANY job, though I realize that there are definitely better jobs and better companies. I also have paid my way through college and worked 3-4 jobs at a time to keep afloat, so price matters for me, and I don't have the class privilege to avoid Walmart at all costs.

However, if there is a choice between a chain and a local store and they cost about the same or the local store is closer, I will use the local one to help out a community person more directly. If I get a car radio from a local place rather than at Walmart, the person that installs it for me locally gets a couple hundred bucks, whereas my friend at Walmart or Best Buy or whatever would not benefit at all either way because they'll still get paid minimum wage.
06/15/2013
Hummingbird Hummingbird
No, not a big shopper especially if its crowded. Only go out to shop when I need to.
06/15/2013
Lana Darling Lana Darling
We do most of our shopping at local stores because they're all within walking distance. We've got a car, but we both prefer walking.
06/15/2013
Chelynn67 Chelynn67
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Originally posted by Bignuf
Or do you just stick with the big chains or box stores?
which ever one has what I want with a good price
06/15/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
We're not big shoppers any more. Mostly just groceries and some small clothing purchases. We have all the appliances & electronics that we need.
06/15/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
I try to do local shops for smaller things, they tend to have better customer service.
06/15/2013
jr2012 jr2012
sometimes. We have a great small grocery store, but of course I have to go to the chain one for everything they don't carry. I also go to a small pharmacy, and yarn shops!
06/16/2013
sunflower sunflower
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Originally posted by Bignuf
Or do you just stick with the big chains or box stores?
There are some really cute stores in our downtown and I definitely go shop there. Some of them have stuff you can't find at other places. I go to the local coffee shop instead of Starbucks. I mostly eat at Mom and Pop restaurants and diners, mostly because they're awesome. I shop for groceries and clothes at bigger chain stores usually.
06/16/2013
bog bog
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Originally posted by Bignuf
Or do you just stick with the big chains or box stores?
Depends. I don't like most big chains, especially restaurants, but I use them sometimes. I like shopping here at Eden for sex toys
06/16/2013
Zombirella Zombirella
I go where the price is good.
06/16/2013
Woman China Woman China
I go where I can get most of my groceries are in one place and that is usually WAngfujing or Shenhua. When it comes to fruits and veggies, I try to always hit up the local market as their stuff just seems so much more fresh- but when it comes to some of the more "exotic" fruits and veggies, I have to use Wangfujing or shenhua. We've a Walmart in town... but I've been in it two maybe three times in the past five years because the only imported stuff they have that I like is seriously overpriced avacodoes (I mean 22USD for one is just a little out of my price range).
06/16/2013
Rossie Rossie
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Originally posted by Woman China
I go where I can get most of my groceries are in one place and that is usually WAngfujing or Shenhua. When it comes to fruits and veggies, I try to always hit up the local market as their stuff just seems so much more fresh- but when it comes to some ... More
Holy smoke! US$22 for ONE avocado??? I bought four yesterday at US$0.79 each! But then, you can get all the fancy exotic fruits that we don't have over here!

P.S. Like the smileys?
06/16/2013
Rossie Rossie
I usually shop at my local Safeway and Albertsons, or at other chain supermarkets in neighboring cities within twenty minutes drive time.
06/16/2013
TJax TJax
When I go shopping, I go to the cheapest, which is usually a big chain.
06/16/2013
rosythorn rosythorn
depends if it is something high quality i go out of my way, but If i am just picking up kids cereal then I go for the big chains.
06/16/2013
SaucyxGirl SaucyxGirl
Where I live our local stores are actually a little cheaper than chain stores for groceries. We may not get the wide the selection that the big chains gives but we have found that quality and price is better at our local produce market and the butcher shop. We also have a local grocery store that in spite of it being situated in a way that you can be waiting for up to 15 minutes to get out of the parking lot because a busy highway it always packed.

I think out here it helps that a lot people know that these places take real good of their employees and that leads to a lot loyalty from customers. For example we have both a big chain grocery and a department store, yet their parking lots are nearly empty in comparison to the Mom and Pops. The service that one gets at the Mom and Pops here is excellent. Even our hardware store which might be a little more expensive than Lowes gets more customers than a Lowes in the next town over because you know damn well that if you go in looking for something that you will not only walk out with that item but only also the know how on how to install it or use it properly. Plus they will deliver the needed supplies right to your house at no extra charge if they have to order it in or if it is too large to fit in your vehicle.

Edit to add: Walmart actually thought of opening up a store but changed their minds because in the past almost every big chain that did open up ended up closing due to lack of customers. We have even had restaurants close because they couldn't compete with the Mom and Pops that we have.
06/16/2013
Pierced Blaqk Skies Pierced Blaqk Skies
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Originally posted by Bignuf
Or do you just stick with the big chains or box stores?
I used to go out of my way to shop at my local co-op but now I live right behind it so I don't have to travel very far. (It takes like a minute and a half to walk there.)

I try to steer clear of chain stores.
06/16/2013
clockwork451 clockwork451
Where I am, I would actually be going out of my way to shop at places like Walmart and the local chain grocery.

I buy most of my food, clothes, etc. in the local downtown shops.
06/16/2013
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