I've been reading The Small-Mart Revolution by Michael Shuman while on break (I know, I'm a nerd). It's reinforced a lot of what I believe about local shopping. I've never been one to think that small businesses was just an echo of the old days and that chains were better for the economy. Not only do I get better service at local businesses, but nine times out of ten they deliver better quality and have more unique products. And it's better for the economy. Money can go farther in your community instead of the majority of it going to the one percent that most people resent. Shopping local means your money goes farther, you are helping the environment, the wealth gap, and a lot of other things. For instance, shopping local means you're supporting your neighbors who pay all of their taxes, unlike big businesses who use lots of loopholes to avoid them. They also don't take the huge subsidies that big businesses do (over a million dollars per job they bring in some cases) which means that local businesses don't deplete funds from important things like education.
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