15 April 2010

I'm All for Shopping Local, but ...

Yesterday, during an impromptu trip to Hallmark, I found two adorable books that I just had to get for BB. The first, Tickle Monster, which comes with tickle gloves (how cute!), was $34.95. The second, I Love Monkey, was $16.95. That was a lot to spend on two books on a whim, so I decided to wait - and check Amazon.

As expected, Amazon was cheaper than Hallmark - a lot cheaper - and offered free shipping. On Amazon, Tickle Monster was $23.07, a savings of $11.88. I Love Monkey was $11.53, a savings of $5.42. My combined savings was $17.30, more than enough for another book, or two.

Which brings me to my dilemma. I try to shop local and support my 'neighbors', but at savings like those, it's hard to justify. What would you do?

7 comments:

Lynn said...

I would get them wherever is the cheapest and you can get the most for your money.

Wendy said...

Wow that's quite a difference in price. (Those books are CA-UUUUTE by the way!)

I'd go with the cheapest route.

Written Permission said...

We try to balance this stuff out. Generally we go for the cheapest; however, if a local place is willing to work with us, even a little, we usually try to give them business.

An exception: Our local pharmacist is an ass. So I refuse to patronize his pharmacy, even though they are local and sometimes cheaper than RiteAid.

SassyTimes said...

Amazon. No question.

That's a huge difference.

B. said...

I think you don't have to consider the Hallmark store local since it is a national chain. I know they are employing people in our area though

Ky • twopretzels.com said...

Wow. That's quite a difference. I would have bought off of amazon, too.

Anonymous said...

Well, if you want to help make sure that soon there are no local stores in your community to discover great books like that then by all means, shop at amazon. It's not as if small stores do a town any good. Sure they add some charm and a little uniqueness to a place but really, it's probably best to let tham all die off so walmart and target have no competition at all. Then things will be REALLY cheap right? If you want to make sure the $ you spend doesn't stay in your community, shop at amazon. If you want to make sure the 2 books you bought have to get trucked hundreds or thousands of miles just to get to you, shop at amazon. There's no shortage of oil, right? And what's another truck on the road? Only idiots believe in global warming and air quality. Did you pay sales tax? No? Good. Sales tax is for suckers and people that shop local. And I'm sure the people (your neighbors perhaps?) employed in that local store don't really need to work there. Why support local jobs when you can save 10.00 on such a crucial purchase? It probably won't make much of a difference in your community if a few extra retail workers are unemployed. There's plenty of jobs out there anyway...
Clearly, you made the right choice. Enjoy your $10.00