Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I have many problems with the buy local movement but here's a practical one. I just spent an hour at four local stores looking for a replacement carafe for my coffeemaker and an academic year planner for my sixth grader. No luck. The carafe was too specialized an item and despite the fact that it is only the second week of school all of the stores are already on to Halloween, leaving only a picked over selection of clearance school supplies. Local stores need to stock things in season, not a season ahead, educate employees about what they carry, have a facility to special order items not on hand, or they are doomed. It only took me 10 minutes to get what I needed on Amazon once I'd given up on buying local.