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Local shopping myth

I know several community leaders who do not shop locally – perhaps for good reason. They shop cost and convenience in their immediate best interest, using the time for a grandkids visit and savings on local groceries, gas, or live entertainment.

Shop locally is close to advocating “buy American.” You can’t do it. No, no argument, you can’t. Maybe a few products, but most were outsourced at a lower cost. Shop locally where, only at SPD, or chains like Alberton’s and Ralph’s, Staples or Walker’s, Chevron or independent gas station?

Capitalism advocates free-trade and competition. While online purchases don’t contribute to the local tax base, it’s a wake-up call or local businesses. Look ahead to when e-commerce tax laws change and taxes are accrued not only on local sales, but also national or global sales.



Ensuring the quality of life we moved here for isn’t dependent on shopping locally. That’s a myth and a fallacy, local businesses promote; most of us realize it, or got burned believing it. Ensuring the excellent quality of life here is based upon treating each other personably and with respect – values that are often lost in bigger cities. And I will pay more for that, if earned.

Chip Carman




Nevada City


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