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19 December, 2007

Get the shopping, and get a life

I don't agree with Julie Burchill very often; in fact, her name on an article is usually sufficient reason for me to avoid it.  However, we're on the same wavelength on a topic I've already, er, 'discussed comprehensively': irrational support for independent retailers (corner shops, many bookshops and record stores in particular) on merely emotive grounds and criticism of supermarkets for 'destroying small town community life'.

We don't agree on every detail: I recommend reading the article, but don't condone Burchill's throwaway nastiness about farmers – though I wouldn't romanticise them either, there are rational reasons to consider they're mistreated by the retailers' cartel, unlike merely uncompetitive small shops.

Comments

I buy as much as possible from the local independents and then get anything I haven't been able to find from a supermarket. The independents are rarely more expensive, and often cheaper, stock more interesting stuff, use less packaging and return more money to the local economy. Quite rational reasons to support them, I reckon.

Burchill is, as usual, talking utter rubbish and sounds like she's trying too hard to convince us that she's more interesting than she really is with all her talk of more important things to do.

Posted by Ian at December 19, 2007 07:07 PM

I buy as much as possible from the local independents and then get anything I haven't been able to find from a supermarket.

Your choice. I don't. I have neither the time nor the inclination to go hunting – straight to Sainsbury's.

The independents are rarely more expensive...

That totally contradicts my personal experience.

... stock more interesting stuff...

Likewise. Web-based retailers have a radically greater range of stock (particularly bookshops and music retailers). No competition. Absolutely anything a local shop might have, I can order online.
To be honest, I was thinking more of convenience stores and non-food retailers than grocers and butchers, which could well have a stronger case.

... use less packaging...

Fair point.

... and return more money to the local economy.

I really, really don't care.

Burchill is, as usual, talking utter rubbish and sounds like she's trying too hard to convince us that she's more interesting than she really is with all her talk of more important things to do.

Ordinarily I'd agree entirely, but not this time.

Posted by NRT at December 20, 2007 08:42 AM
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