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December 1, 2013

Many people enjoy living in a small town in this area. One of the things people appreciate most is the feeling of home when you see all the wonderful places to visit....

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eriklatranyi

Dec-01-13 6:59 AM

Nice sentiment, but the people voted with their pocketbooks for Walmart, Target, etc.

The smaller shops do not always offer better quality .

To me, our area is not to be admired for our small shops, but our mountains, trees, creeks and rivers.

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Premier

Dec-01-13 7:36 AM

The unfortunate truth is this and I'm guilty of doing it. If your looking for a product you want choices, as many as possible. You know your small local store might have a choice between 2 products but the big box store might have 12 options. So you drive that extra 15 miles.

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Capricorn1

Dec-01-13 7:41 AM

Internet sales were up 20 percent on black Friday alone and expected to maintain that rise throughout the holiday season. As long as you can find a better selection at better prices from the comfort of your home, internet shopping is here to stay and personally that is where I do 90% of my shopping.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-01-13 9:08 AM

What makes this area great is not the stores, but the people.

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CMReeder

Dec-01-13 9:32 AM

Here I thought conservatives supported businesses especially small businesses. Now I find out that they don't even like to shop.

Small businesses are important but unfortunately the big box stores are overshadowing them.

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CMReeder

Dec-01-13 9:34 AM

Guess who owns the small businesses in this area, the local people. You know the ones who make this area great.

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Premier

Dec-01-13 9:53 AM

Reeder, you narrow minded simple man.

With every purchase everyone supports a business somewhere.

I take it you've never shopped around for the best selection and price?

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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underwood

Dec-01-13 10:04 AM

Small businesses can and do succeed by offering better quality and personal service than chain businesses offer. Often a chain store coming into the area will cause some small businesses to die from an inability to compete with better-run small businesses. We benefit from having benefits of big box stores and better small businesses.

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eriklatranyi

Dec-01-13 10:33 AM

Liberals decided, in their illusion-filled minds, that big box stores are evil.

So, if they had their way, those stores would be arbitrarily eliminated because liberals know what is best for us, whether we benefit or not.

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hopeforfuture

Dec-01-13 10:40 AM

I have to watch every penny and if I can save a nickel or dime by shopping online or at a large store, you better believe I will. As for restaurants who has the money these days to eat out, I have to put it in my gas tank so I can get to work.

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spike2

Dec-01-13 11:08 AM

I am also an internet shopper or travel to the outlets. I shop at one small, local clothing store. Big stores are selling extremely cheap clothing, shoes, etc. (including the mall stores). We do eat out and I agree that independent restaurants are far better than chains. As to gas, get your staples at Weis's and use your gas points. We had a $1.10 off per gallon post Thanksgiving.

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JohnMBower

Dec-01-13 1:35 PM

"Liberals decided, in their illusion-filled minds, that big box stores are evil."

Speaking as a true American conservative, let me tell you that it's far better to build a strong economy by supporting domestic manufacturing than than by gutting the soul of the American workforce so that the few can profit, through closing American factories and shipping whole industries to China.

When the shelves of Walmart are filled with products proudly made in American factories by American workers making a fair wage, then I will happily shop there.

As long as what you buy says MADE IN USA on it, shop where you like.

If it doesn't, don't complain about people on welfare because you helped put them there, by buying that shiny new Chinese-made television that you could have lived without.

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spike2

Dec-01-13 2:16 PM

Thank you Mr. Bower!

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Capricorn1

Dec-01-13 2:46 PM

John, there are very few stores that you will find that has strictly American made products. I assume you don't shop at the retail giant WalMart. What would be your suggestion at bringing manufacturing back to the U.S? I constantly hear those on the left complaining about corporate welfare, big business and the rich not paying their share, there's not enough regulations and the unions complain that wages aren't high enough. Then on the other side of their mouth they complain about industry leaving for foreign land. How would you make it more appealing for businesses to stay in America while at the same time eliminating corporate welfare, raising taxes, increasing regulations and giving unions what they want in wages? You can't have it both ways and expect manufacturing to stay in this country. That may be a sad fact, but it is what it is. Unless you make it more appealing to share holders and executives, manufacturing will continue to go elsewhere.

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gavinf56

Dec-01-13 3:38 PM

Walmart sells many products that are "Made in the USA". You just need to look at what you are buying. It doesn't matter if it's the big box store or the local Mom and Pop, they all are buying their products from the same manufacturers.

If you truly want to buy "Made in the USA" products, then you will be shopping almost exclusively online.

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gavinf56

Dec-01-13 3:41 PM

"If you truly want to buy "Made in the USA" products, then you will be shopping almost exclusively online."

..and here I am talking primarily about clothing.

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Capricorn1

Dec-01-13 3:48 PM

Gavin, I do most of my shopping online and I agree. The thing most people don't take into consideration is the world is an open market place now with very little restrictions. Countries that used to be lagging in technology have caught up and there is fierce competition. Logistic technology has improved to where it's no longer a detractor from shipping goods internationally. You have free trade agreements in place which makes the competition even fiercer. The U.S. needs to think outside the box and implement policies that make it attractive for manufacturing to return to what it used to be. Otherwise Made in the U.S.A will be harder and harder to find.

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underwood

Dec-01-13 3:54 PM

What’s often overlooked is the fact that an open, competitive market is positive for the economy because it makes goods more affordable. Our job market has changed and most of the complainers simply haven’t adjusted to the change.

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gavinf56

Dec-01-13 4:04 PM

Labor intensive manufacturing will not be back. With technology comes automation which has replaced many of the repetitive manual operations from days gone by.

The productivity gains from automation (more widgets per worker hour) has allowed the US manufacturing to once again be competitive in the world market. Of course, the jobs created to run these automated processes will do nothing for the 20% of our youth that drop out of school.

Jeff Bezos from Amazon is on 60 Minutes tonight. He is an incredible visionary. I remember during Amazon's start up in the early mid-90's, he lost money for years. Not anymore and now he is looking at same day service in the larger metropolitan areas.

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JohnMBower

Dec-01-13 7:08 PM

As consumers, you vote with your wallet.

Buy American and don't hesitate to let people know that it's something you prefer.

When "American Made" has value again, retailers will cater to the preference and those who dictate where manufacturing occurs will move more manufacturing back home.

In the mean time, you can, as a consumer, favor small, US manufacturers and keep them busy this year. Even a single order from a craftsman who sells online makes a difference.

After that, contact the brands you like and ask them which of their products are made in the US.

Then, think local. Go to Woolrich's site and type 'Made in USA' into the search box. (I just did and there is a small but nice selection of US-made products.) Consider buying one. Equinox is another local manufacturer. (As well as a sub-contractor for Woolrich.) Buying from them keeps a local person employed.

I'm not saying that you can buy everything US-made, but every time you do, it makes a difference.

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