Tomorrow is number one son's 9th birthday and tonight I dropped by our locally owned independent toy store 'Mal's'. Mal showed me the little plastic pieces that lock together to make things catalogue and told me that anything with a star next to it means that he is unable to order it in because they only supply it to the two large department stores in my area.
Well............. I was horrified. Those Goliaths are going to put my David out of business if they keep going this way. All I can say and I shout it from the roof tops, is SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES. I have seen it in a town I used to live in where the only fuel is distributed by those companies who are associated with a food store. Once the independents are gone, the market is owned by the Goliaths and there is no competition and they set the prices. Fuel in this town was 12 c a litre more expensive than the nearest town.
So... I am even more passionate now about keeping local people in business, whether you buy your eggs off the lady down the road, or attend your local farmers market or barter with friends. THINK BEFORE YOU BUY !!!!!