I visited an independently owned CD store today for the "experience." I have been becoming tired of purchasing music on itunes; yea its fast and somewhat endless, but I was revitalized today with the option of sorting through cd's and coming across the rare ones that i had once purchased in 7th grade, lost, and haven't seen since. As i was sorting through cd's like "The Herbaliser," "A Tribe Called Quest," "The Cure," with all of their rarities and b-sides, i noticed the prices were a bit higher than usual with an average of $15. Typically, we look to get the most out of our dollar, the best deal but when we use that as our goal we overlook the struggling businesses that make our neighborhoods...our neighborhoods. In the future we have potential to go completely digital and online which is a scary thought. You won't have to leave your house for music, groceries, books, clothes...everything.
Regarding, we should continue to support our local independent businesses as best as we can. I definitely want to get better at this as the economy is getting worse for those struggling businesses that need to provide community needs for survival. The prices may be a bit higher than the cheapest deal you can find, but long-term "experiences" and local economic strength should encourage us to spend the extra few dollars for a stable community. Our goal is to keep the financial resources within the community without the corporate interference that tends to overlook the resident's best interest. Big businesses are obsessed with control and profit, characteristics that are available to the local business as well, which should discourage the people from supporting profit hungry networks. Rhetorically speaking, are the *best goods worth sacrificing a healthy neighborhood?
Today I supported a local business and i walked away with The Cure and John Legend; a good day.