The Watering Hole, Saturday, November 30, 2013: Small Business Saturday®

Today, Saturday, November 30, is what is now known as Small Business Saturday®. From the website Snagajob, “The annual event was established by American Express in 2010 in an effort to recognize the small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.” Since then it has grown in popularity gaining Congressional and even Presidential recognition. More than a marketing campaign to get people to go out and charge things on their American Express cards, Small Business Saturday® has become a way of making a statement against the big box stores, whose names shall remain nameless, but whose worker mistreatment, trade deficit contribution, and shamelessly profit-driven operation, have helped contribute to the loss of the small business, owned by your neighbors.

Government assistance to employees of the big box stores, the ones in which you were implored to go spend your money on “Black Friday”, is much higher than the national average. You are, whether you want to or not, subsidizing the workforce of some highly profitable corporations. So instead of helping the already profitable corporations, why not help out the small businesses in your local communities? They’re your neighbors and, sometimes, your friends, too. And if you’re like me and don’t have a car that gets the greatest of gas mileage, you can save money, too. My local book store, The Book Cove, is within walking distance (if I was that ambitious), but only about a mile into the village. By comparison, the nearest Barnes & Noble, would cost me at least two gallons of gas to get there and back. Around here, gas goes for more than $3.50 per gallon, so if I have to pay even $6.50 more for a book from my local book store, it’s worth it. And it helps keep them in business. Whenever I want to order a book I don’t go online to do it, I go to The Book Cove. They’ve never failed to get me a book I wanted. I’m sure your local book store can be just as helpful.

Small Business Saturday® is a great idea, and one I encourage everyone to support. Your friends and neighbors will be glad you did.

This is our daily open thread. Feel free to discuss Small Business Saturday®, the big box stores who want to ruin this nation, or anything else you wish to discuss.

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About Wayne A. Schneider

I'm a Liberal, Libertarian, Atheist Humanist. I believe that though the world is a dangerous place, it can be made better if we stop dividing ourselves by how we're different from each other, and reach out to each other through what we have in common. And that is that we are all human beings on this planet. Please remember that.

46 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Saturday, November 30, 2013: Small Business Saturday®

  1. …I go to The Book Cove. They’ve never failed to get me a book I wanted. I’m sure your local book store can be just as helpful.

    Unfortunately we have no independent bookstores. Even Barnes & Nobles are closing a few of their local stores.
    Grateful we have a wonderful library.

    We have local, family owned, grocery stores that I frequent.

    • I just bought my lunch and tonight’s beer at a locally-owned grocery store, so I fulfilled my obligation to small-business Saturday.

      It’s almost time. Ten more minutes.

      Should I take another dose of blood pressure medicine, just in case?

  2. Good write up about supporting local businesses. And people really forget to factor in the cost of getting to the big box locations, the extra time it often takes to get from the 10 acre parking lot into the store, the crowds, the long lines and check out etc.

    • wow…this goes back a few decades — my dad would give me a ‘re-boot’ and tell me to ‘use your f—in’ brain’ on more than one occasion. it worked then, it works now. what’s old is new again.

      unfortunately, too many f—in’ brains have operating system errors, leading to 404, ‘file not found’ messages, especially when it comes to accessing data inputted utilizing the traditional visual scanning of alpha-numeric symbols printed in bound compendiums called ‘text books’.

  3. The ‘city’ nearest to us is Pueblo, some 30 miles up the road. It has Walmart, Home Depot, chain grocery stores, chain drug stores, shopping malls, large auto dealerships, etc. Here where we are — an area populated by maybe 2-3000, we subsist mostly on locally owned stores, including a nice grocery market, a pharmacy, very nice hardware store, two gas stations, auto repair shop, and liquor store all within walking distance. The only “chain” store here is a new Family Dollar which helps us save a few bucks on a handful of items. Plus, anything we can’t find locally we can order via Amazon.com and it will be here within two working days via UPS or Postal Service. It’s been nearly a year since we drove to Pueblo and back, but even so in 2013’s 11 elapsed months we’ve still managed to put about 1000 miles on the old van. Hard to believe we’ve driven so much — avg. 90+ miles per month! — and not gone anywhere! OTOH, I’ve put 2800 miles on the bike plus 600 miles on my walking shoes. I’m hoping the December weather allows another 150 miles of walking or cycling — if so, I’ll hit 3550 miles — 50 times my age — in one year. And thanks to all the CO2 I belch out whilst huffing and puffing, will probably end up raising the global temp a degree or two (which, were I a Wingnut breathing normally while driving a pickup, wouldn’t be an issue). Oh, and we’ve not ‘eaten out’ a single time in the last year, so it matters not that there isn’t a McDonalds or even a Papa Johns within 25 miles (thank all gods).

    Lots of folks here are shocked at the way we live, they simply cannot comprehend any sort of simple and healthy lifestyle. Too bad it’s not the other way around . . . nationwide. If so, box stores would be boarded up, price of gas would be less than a buck a gallon, mom/pop stores would prosper, and only the rich and haughty would “suffer.” Nice world, that one.

    • We have a friend that lived near Pueblo. He sold his property there and I think, moved a bit further west. He fly fishes and that is how we hooked up 🙂

      When we eat out, which is maybe once or twice a week, it is always at a local restaurant. The last time we visited a chain was when we were in Washington. We had lunch a few times at Panera. That’s the only chain we will eat at. Eugene does have it’s own local chain of Cafe Yumm which has good food. There are many small businesses in Eugene and many businesses that recycle products. The population of the area is about 100,000 and there are wonderful parks and trails along the river and within the city and county which are very popular with locals and visitors. People here are okay with walking and biking in the rain 😉

    • Is there radio broadcast you can listen to while watching?
      That’s how we do the SF Giant’s games…can’t stand the national t.v. announcers. We want biased/enthusiastic play callers!

      • Yes, I can listen to the radio, if I want to hear what happens about ten seconds before I see it on the TV. 😦

        If the TV was ahead of the radio, I could delay it a little, but it’s the wrong way around.

  4. I believe the true values and morality of a president is demonstrated by what they do AFTER they leave office. What has Reagan, Bush I and Bush II done to better peoples’ lives after they left office? They retired and gave nothing back to the world. What has Carter and Clinton done to better peoples’ live after they left office? Carter created Habitat for Humanity and Clinton created the Clinton Global Initiative. Do you see the pattern?

    • Look, too, at what they did while IN office. The Saligiacan Party bosses Reagan et. Bushes rained havoc on the working class in order to provide ever more wealth for their already rich and powerful buddies. Carter and Clinton worked to fight ‘them’ off in attempt to improve conditions for everyone; the Saligiacans fought the concept of universal generosity with tooth and nail, but not quite as effectively as they’ve fought Obama. Saligiacans care absolutely nothing for anyone but themselves and their monied friends. If they should ever again achieve full power of the state, the nation will die in short order.

      • Thanks Nwoldguy. Alabama had multiple opportunities to put Auburn away and just couldn’t pull the trigger when it counted most. But this end result started with the miracle catch against Georgia for Auburn.

    • I will say this, Jimmy Johnson won five Nascar titles in a row. Then he lost two in a row, but he came back and won his sixth this year. The key is keeping the infrastructure intact, knowing success isn’t beyond being recovered. Alabama will reload next year and be a force again before too long.

    • Heh, There’s actually a AUBURN !!! HOLY COW!!!! thread at DU.
      They seem to relish the idea that Alabama lost. The downside of that is that Auburn is an even more RWNJ school than Alabama. It’s like celebrating that the guy Louie Gohmert beat in the Republican primary lost, then realizing that Louie Gohmert is going to be in Congress.

  5. Somehow, consolation beer doesn’t taste as good as victory beer. But the sauerkraut was awful in the kielbasa and sauerkraut I bought at the market earlier. The sausage was spicy enough to overcome the taint of the bad cabbage, at least. 😉

  6. Happy Birthday Samuel/Mark!

    • Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

    • Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.

    • In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
    Mark Twain

  7. When the hell did ironing boards start costing in the $30. – $65.00+ range?
    I’m perusing on line and my jaw dropped at the cost for just the board – then the cover/pads are nearly half the price of the board.
    Will take a look at the second hand stores to see if any have been donated.
    My guess is people don’t really iron anymore.
    (my Gran ironed socks, for gawd sake)

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