Correction... The Leechpit has been selling vintage games and systems for over 10 years. FYI.
Taxation is not the issue. On-line retailers consume no local government services and purchasers are already paying a myriad of other local taxes (looked at your phone bill lately?).
Local retailers have two major advantages over their on-line competitors: instant gratification, and touch/feel/look comparison of alternatives before the sale. I don't buy my hardware on-line, so why can that business succeed when other retailers cannot? I suspect that these other businesses are wasting those advantages rather than leveraging them.
I'm not claiming this is the end-all-be-all truth of the matter, but local retailer sob stories about getting wrecked by web retailers generate absolutely no sympathy from me. As an Army Brat, I was never fortunate enough to spend enough time in a place to "develop relationships" with local companies regardless of where my father's career took me. However, I have always had access to the Internet. I practically begged my parents to buy a computer and pay for dial-up when I was a kid. I've been on the 'net for 20 years. I'm 30 years old, to give you an idea. When I was a kid I traded collectible trading cards and comic books on the web using a dial-up connection, Usenet groups, and trust systems based on references from other traders. As an adult, I now make ALL of my money online, with very little of it coming from local businesses. I work with ONE carefully selected local business as a vendor. The rest of my revenue comes from companies in SFC, NYC, London, and the rest of the world. I'll be the first to tell you they have you outgunned in terms of the marketing budgets they make available to all types of creative professionals. I have never seen the faces or heard the voices of some of the people who employ me, and my relationships with those people mean the world to me. I've worked with web retailers, including some of those named in this article. They support me in my chosen field in ways local businesses have looked at me like I'm stupid for even suggesting. There's a reason you're getting wrecked, local businesses, and it has nothing to do with your customers and everything to do with YOU. If I feel better about the service I get from a call center employee at a big, evil web retailer (who emails me return postage ON THE SPOT and ships the right stuff SAME DAY) than I do about the "service" you provide in your store, you have a HUGE problem. It's not your customers' problem, either. It's YOUR problem. If you refuse to hire smart people to build you a legitimate web presence designed to capture "showrooming" revenue and prefer to bitch about the big, evil web retailers - again - not my problem. In fact, those companies butter my bread in ways you never could. I help build that stuff, and time and time again you and your brethren (local CoS businesses) have indicated you're not interested. Fine. I am not limited by geography like you are. I'm not the one going out of business. YOU ARE. Provide unique experiences, excellent customer service, and great product at great prices in real life and online OR ELSE. ADAPT OR DIE! It's a dog fight, and the Internet has BIG TEETH you can use to your advantage the second you stop sneering at it and invest some real resources in it.
Buy a bike one week; ignored the next. Consistency, or the lack of it; is what harms local stores the most.
Or, the same item IS online for 2/3 the price; and without the horrible experience of being followed around a store like a criminal, or having items that are of no interest shoved into ones hands, or being sold items that simply are inferior to what is available online, or....
"Sometimes you become really angry because of the lack of respect"
Is that when you walk into a Tejon shop; and the staff ignores you for five minutes, eating lunch, talking, or you head towards the register and they look up and then walk away from the register?
Or the know everything have done nothing 20 something that will tell you where not to camp? Really? I'm not supposed to even camp, or hike; in an entire county? Really? And all my gear is worthless? Really? After dozens of seasons? Really?
Really? People go online, or to REI?
For me a big factor is being able to easily find out whether someplace actually stocks the item I want. A few years ago while looking for a specific gift, I drove to five different stores that advertised that they carried the items made by the manufacturer. None had the specific item. Eventually I realized I could just order it online, which I did.
Then a few months later it happened again.
Now I often don't bother. If I can order something online, I will. Five minutes and I'm done. I would prefer going to a local store, but I hate having to hunt like that. I could call the stores, but if the first doesn't have what I want, and the second, and the third, etc, I rapidly run out of patience.
Of course, the stores I visited all could order the specific item I want. But if it has to be ordered, I don't need to be in the store in the first place.
A beautiful review of the Benedictines of Benet Hill Monastery. I stayed in Jesu Rama (Jesus-Joy) for eight months in 1994. This is truly a sacred space, commissioned to be built by Sister Naomi Rosenberger, OSB, then Prioress!!!! Great article, Kristen.
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You should be going to college to obtain a degree relevant to your intended profession.
Colleges and Universities are not your friend - they are selling you education - no different from that slick willy that sells you a new car.
As such it is hard to feel compassionate towards someone who has student loan debt for an irrelevant degree than for someone who bought a flashy expensive car that they can now barely afford.
Tuitions have sky rocketed, aided by an easy student loan program.
Essentially Obama has made easy money available, putting students in huge debt to pay off faculty to teach his socialist liberal agenda, all at the students expense.
The easier the money is the quicker the colleges raise their prices to get their payoff...it is a huge and immoral scam.
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