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Babbler # 13423

posted 20 December 2006 10:22 AM      Profile for Legless-Marine        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The practice of aligning my purchasing choices with my values is an imprefect one, due to reasons of taste, economy, and convenience.

Sometimes I shop at places I'd rather not. Here's a list of my sins:

Starbucks: I used to walk 10 blocks to get to a Second Cup, instead of a Starbucks, but that has changed for the sake of convenience. With time being in short supply, it's quicker to go to the starbucks in the building I work in. It's gotten easier over time.

Ikea: My complaints against Ikea aren't political, but are in regards to the labyrinthine layout of their store, which forces customers to walk long distances in order to find what they want. It's like being corralled like cattle at a stockyard, and is time consuming, tiring, and onerous. It never seems to get any easier, and I dread those trips. Notheless, the consistency, selection, and pricing keep me coming back.

Where do your purchasing choices fall short of your values, and why?

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posted 20 December 2006 10:49 AM      Profile for RP.     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Walmart: Best place for car tires and batteries, damn them. I can't even figure out if I still have an ideological beef with them, I probably do, but so rarely think about it anymore, I could hardly enunciate what it may be. All I know is I start to feel panicy as soon as I enter there, and also a sensation that I could only describe as what I imagine a mild stroke to feel like.
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posted 20 December 2006 11:21 AM      Profile for Southlander     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I try and buy local food, so as to help save the Earth, but those Mangos.....
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posted 20 December 2006 11:50 AM      Profile for Caissa     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Walmart: too much cheap shit to pass up.

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Boom Boom
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posted 20 December 2006 11:53 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
We get our mailboxes stuffed with Walmart flyers every week. I'd guess that a lot of people here order from them - all it takes is a phone call or fax, and their order is on the next boat.
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posted 20 December 2006 11:56 AM      Profile for Catchfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh Yes, Southlander...I always try to buy local, but we here in Canada have a thing called Winter, and I like fruit. What's a poor epicurean to do?

Also: chocolate. I buy way too much non-fair-trade chocolate. I'm only starting to realize how terrible that is.

I will never set foot in a Walmart. As Jon Stewart says, they're not just evil, they're cartoonishly evil.

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Jacob Two-Two
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posted 20 December 2006 12:08 PM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There's a Safeway right by my house and I hate to shop there but I find I'm always wanting to go shopping at 11:00 at night, when all the better places are closed. Not that Safeway is pure evil or anything (like Wal-Mart for instance ) but I'd rather not spend my money there if I could help it. I just need to be a little more organised in the daytime.
From: There is but one Gord and Moolah is his profit | Registered: Jan 2002  |  IP: Logged
Sans Tache
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posted 20 December 2006 12:08 PM      Profile for Sans Tache        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
CBC News - Canadians plan on spending less this holiday season
Scotiabank's annual holiday spending survey found that Canadians expected to spend an average of $822 this Christmas, a drop from the projected average of $900 last year.

Which is good but,

In a separate study, credit and debit card transaction processor Moneris said that holiday spending from Nov. 13 through Dec. 10 had increased by seven per cent over last year. The figures do not include cash transactions.

Which leads me to think that the Internet is where people will shop for their goods now and in the future...
The Herald, UK - Beat stress by lunch-hour shopping

With the rise of internet shopping up to 4m an hour is spent at the click of a mouse in the run-up to Christmas many shops are losing out to their virtual counterparts and hope to make up their sales in the last few days.

Which is good as you can browse the brick and mortar, big box stores and purchase from your local shops online, if they have their systems set up. And that means of shopping is what scares Wal*Mart the most.

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