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Old 03-14-2012, 06:26 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by grvthang View Post

After a while, due to its convenience, I found myself buying many smaller items through Amazon Prime that I would have previously bought locally. At one point I had to ask myself whether I really wanted to make all my purchases through Amazon and deny local establishments of my business. In rural and even suburban communities,this may not be a big deal, but I've seen what Home Depot did to local hardware and lumber stores here in NYC (or what Amazon did to mom-and-pop bookstores, for that matter).

Now I try to balance my purchases between local places and Amazon. I'm not asking anyone else to do the same (it's your business where you shop, of course), but I think people need to be aware that the choices they make might sometimes result in unforseen consequences.
I don't buy enough to harm any shop in my area. Having said that, the most important part to me is the bottom dollar. In this economy I need to be as frugal as possible and on some items Amazon and other online stores are going to win my $$$ if they are cheaper. It adds up.
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