Large corporations vs. locally owned businesses

A question from Yahoo! Answers:

Why do people support large corporations instead of the small, locally owned businesses?

Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Target, Lowes Hardware, Best Buy, Schnucks, etc. are all companies that sell products that you can get from a small business in your community. Why don’t we support our neighbors instead of the rich and priveledged?

Because large retailers offer lower prices and better selection; many also have online stores, which makes selection even better.

Last time I went into a Gap store, I wanted a pair of jeans. They had some colors I liked, but not in my size. Never mind; I figured out which size fits me and which colors I liked and ordered that size in those colors at Gap.com. Try that at your neighbor’s store…

Additionally, large retailers have no rules like “you broke it, you buy it”, “all sales are final”, or “there will be a 45 cent surcharge for using credit or debit cards”.

Also, by buying from large companies, you support the poor and the unprivileged who work there and whom mom-and-pop shops would never hire.

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