I am with you on this, but Wal-Mart has run everybody out of town (small business wise). Yea they have low prices, but the small business people cannot compete. They want to build an empire to control everything, (much like our current President) I will not go down that road.
BEAR: we try to be smart shoppers but we have shot ourselves in the foot with Wal=Mart, Would you agree?
I am a small business owner and hate big business. I understand the situation of the small dealerships, i fight that battle everyday.
Ah, I see. The other side of the equation. I apologize if I sound unsympathetic, but that's the nature of the beast. I'm not against a person making a profit & supporting a family, but the bottom line comes down to me
family, & if part of that means I have to be a bargain shopper (meaning shopping @ Walmart), then so be it. Walmart wasn't the first big chain to put mom & pop places out of business. Competition for my hard earned dollar is tough & getting tougher.
So to answer your question directly, no I don't think we
shot ourselves in the foot with Walmart. I think Walmart has done a lot of good, providing many jobs with decent benefits, & good prices as well as convenience. Where else can you get your oil changed while you shop for groceries, garden supplies & stuff for your car, get your kid a hair cut & go to the eye doctor all the while, your car stays in the same parking lot? Don't get me wrong, I am not anti-small business, but it's hard to beat what I get for my dollar at places like Walmart, Discount Tire, Home Depot...
Like you said above, it's hard for me to walk into a shop & see a helmet priced 45 to 50% above what you can find in a big store, or on the web, & buy it just because it's not "big business". I guess when it comes to this situation, loyalty comes at a price.