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01-25-2013 03:00 AM
blehmannwa Amazon is kind of local--to me-- I live in Seattle.
I support small business. I purchase my dog food at a small franchise where they do special orders. I prefer to buy American made goods but it is difficult to find reasonably priced clothing and shoes. I love my local independent bookstore but Amazon can deliver some stuff to my door in less than 24 hours. I can even buy groceries there which has been very nice during my husband's illness.

To me, it's about compromise and information. I prefer to shop at Costco because they treat their employees well but I won't buy a lot of the clothes that they carry because they are manufactured overseas. I read labels when I pick up an impulse item and sometimes that makes the decision to put the pretty thing down easier.

I avoid any "Made in China'" dog treats. I'm probably better about their diet than my own.
01-24-2013 11:07 PM
Originally Posted by onyx'girl View Post
I would put my money into a Riccar instead of the Miele.
Agree! We bought our Riccar vacuum cleaner from the same shop locally who serviced our old Eureka (finally bit the dust) for years. The Riccar is really great! They don't advertise heavily like some of the other major brands so it's something you have to look for and ask about.
01-24-2013 10:42 PM
onyx'girl I never buy meat at grocery stores. We support local farmers and go in with friend or relative on a pig or cow. We just got 300# of pork tonight. Most of the grocery stores get their meat in prepackaged from the big processors/CAFO farmed.
Seldom do they have their own dept that actually cuts meat.
01-24-2013 10:35 PM
3dognite Oh yeah, my groceries...I try to buy as much local there as possible. I buy 1/2 a beef at a time, chickens/turkeys from the local hutterite colony etc. Food is much better local if you can get it.
01-24-2013 10:27 PM
Gharrissc If I can't find what I need then I buy it locally,otherwise I buy elsewhere.
01-24-2013 10:20 PM
Syaoransbear I don't bother.
01-24-2013 10:13 PM
onyx'girl GMO's =thumbdown
01-24-2013 10:10 PM
NancyJ RE: Community Supported Agriculture

Originally Posted by onyx'girl View Post
We have this as well. The co-ops are really getting popular and are much healthier even if the cost and convenience isn't as easy.
I am extremely excited about movements to decentralize the food we eat and put it back in the hands of the people and out of the hands of gigantic corporations. I like the idea that my food will go 30-50 miles to get to my table (at least most of it) and not cross country or even across the ocean!
01-24-2013 09:55 PM
3dognite I'll buy local if the price is right and the availability is good. And customer service too.

I live in podunk and a lot of chain stores aren't local here. I'll buy at the mom and pop places if they measure up. But I'm not hung up on the idea if it doesn't work out for me.
01-24-2013 09:55 PM
onyx'girl When I was about 7 or 8 Meijer use to have their carts numbered. They were doing some promo's when we were shopping, and if they called your cart # you won something. I won a purple and white Huffy stingray! The only time I've ever won anything(besides raffles)
One thing I *AM* doing this year is doing Community Supported Agriculture and most places have it! You can contract with a local farmer for a share of his crop. The ones we have found are organic.
We have this as well. The co-ops are really getting popular and are much healthier even if the cost and convenience isn't as easy.
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