Quote from Scorereader: "The fact that you don’t see the problem of chain grocers taking over mom and pop or locally owned grocers, is because it’s not a concern of yours. But it’s a concern for some people."
I re-read my post, and I really can’t imagine how you formed this impression from what I wrote. In fact, I do see a problem for local economies everywhere when local businesses are driven out by chains (be it Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Burger King, etc.) even though I didn’t specifically say so. But then again, I also didn’t say that I don’t see a problem with local businesses being driven out by chain operations. I actually said nothing on that particular tangent of this topic.
What I stated (as Tricky did comprehend) was that most of the products sold at chain grocers are exactly the same as those sold by Mom & Pop’s little corner grocery store. The prices may be different (and the service is undoubtedly different), but the merchandise is the same. I don’t buy convenience foods, as they are a poor value, and the staple items that are available are identical from one store to another. That was my point in terms of differentiating from chain supermarkets and chain eating establishments.
If you feel that this philosophy is inconsistent, so be it. My point (just to beat a dead horse), is that people usually seek out independent eating establishments for the better quality that they usually offer. And, those who are interested in saving money on mass-marketed staple items will usually go to a chain food store, rather than the independent. This is just a matter of choosing what is in one’s own best interests in various purchasing situations, rather than setting up rigid personal rules of either steadfastly avoiding all chains or, conversely, patronizing only chain operations.
I like to be able to vary my spending decisions, based on what I am specifically seeking at that moment. My decision of where to eat or to shop is predicated on several factors, including perceived quality, value for my dollar, and also the known business practices of the particular merchant. Is that a bit more clear?