Reefgazer Posted March 21, 2017 Share Posted March 21, 2017 (edited) I never buy things I don't need just to say I supported some business or another. I have, however, bought services I could do myself, mostly because buying the services saves me time (like a gardener to weed for me, or a cleaning person). I don't attempt to consciously "buy American" just for the sake of buying American. In your car example, I'd buy what I wanted regardless of the nameplate. All that said, I tend to avoid large chain stores because I can't stand the atmosphere, the customer service is poor, and you have to navigate 8 miles of store for some simple item hidden on a back shelf, all for the privilege of saving a nickel on what is usually a cheaply-made, inferior item. So most of my shopping is with local stores that produce American-made goods as a side-effect of being local. So I don't buy meat at a chain store, I buy it at the local butcher because they have cuts I can't get in a chain store. I buy my bread at a local bakery because it tastes better, and my produce at a farm market for the same reason. I buy many of my clothes at a local shop because I like them, and because the owner shops materials locally, they are American made. But none of this is a conscious attempt to buy American, it's just how it all shakes out because of what I prefer to buy. If the butcher shop wasn't there, I'd buy what was available rather than drive half hour out of my way to find what I prefer. But I am fortunate that I am in a decent sized city, where I can find a butcher, baker, and candlestick maker. I realized the other day, though, that shopping the way I shop takes a lot of money and time; someone who works outside the home full time or is on a tight budget couldn't do this. In the thread Things that make you wonder, the issue was raised how shopping decisions affect local community. Creekland wrote: I am curious to what extend people let local community offerings affect or dictate their shopping choices. In the other thread, I had responded: Do you buy things you don't want or need just so you can purchase locally? Do you pay for services that you could perform better yourself and would be willing to spend the time doing, just to patronize a business that provides this service? Thinking about it more, it goes beyond community. What about "Buy made in America"? Again, nice sentiment. Do you let your desire to buy American made products lower your expectations about the product's performance? Would you buy a product that was made in the USA but that did not fulfill your desired specifications for the item? Should you? For example: we are currently researching a vehicle purchase. I want a fuel efficient, reliable compact car with a hatch back and manual transmission. American car manufacturers do not produce a model with this specs. Would you make concessions and not buy a car that has the features you actually want, just so you can buy an American car? Is this a viable economic model? Edited March 21, 2017 by reefgazer Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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