I prefer shopping in stores every time. Its worth a higher price if I can see it and then take it home the sane day. Whoever is uncaring about the survival of stores might want to share their ideas regarding where those store employees might find jobs once they are laid off.
Mr. Keyes, the employees of the stores you are tryiung to support would or at least coulod be paid better and have health benefits if they had an online presence to go with their retail store. I live in Virginia and I am proud of the fact that the State, Chamber of Commerce, and Google have partnered with Intuit to allow each merchant in Virginia to have a website free for one year. Small companies can not compete with large companies unless they seek customers on the same global platform as the bigger companies. If you are worried about what employees will do let me tell you that most people making a living in Technology are far better paid than the clerks in a local store where hte owner can't afford to pay health insurance because they feel entitled to pay themselves a few million while they pay minimum wage to the clerks. They just did a study of how long someone needs to work at minimum wage in order to afford rent. In Virginia the clerk making minimum wage needs to work 77 hours to pay for a 2 bedroom apartment. The future is the Internet combined with local. Let us look at the example of groceries. I think it is easier and safer for the 75 year old living at home to order groceries online and have it delivered than to have them need to take a taxi to the store and probably need to pay the cab driver to bring the groceries into the house for them. If they drivce their own car they have a greater risk of either having an accident or spending more than they should because of impulse buying. Technology is here to stay. The only trouble we have with the current economy is due to the many employers who think it is smart to send jobs over to slave labor and bring more ppeople here from China & India with H1 visas so they can pay them less than Americans without thinking about the fact that Americans are the ones who buy most things and will be able to buy less because of Greed at the top. Henry Ford had it right when he said that his workers were also his customers. I look forward to the day when we have public education worldwide and wages that are fair across the board. The money we wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan has accomplished nothing. We sacrificed the lives of many people to get even with the few that participated in 9/11/1. Mr. Keyes, you can attempt to live in a vaccuum and wish for things to be the same as they were 40 byears ago but that will not prevent the world from moving on.
I recently made the decision to pay more by buying local, from smaller retailers. This way, I feel like a citizen who helps pay his share of sales taxes, and supports local business. But, not everyone cares about that, and cares more about pricing.
I do to check reviews and prices, just today I bought a different part to repair the toilet at Menards based on Amazon reviews. But for grocery shopping or other regular stuff it would have to be a really good deal to make futzing with my phone and giving up privacy worth while.
I had to unsubscribe to this thread because it is beyond ridiculous. The difference in a comment put up by some random user and a professional organization with paid writers is tremendous. From a professional level it looks sloppy so they should expect to be called out by others. But comments and personal pages are not at all expected to be held to the same standards. It's a simple valid point. Just like Sointex said, he's not being paid to be the professional. Mycal, you should spend time doing something more useful with your day.