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  •  Chains out-compete locals in at least three ways (1+ / 0-)
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    that I can think of (I'm sure there are other ways). One, they can afford to out-advertise and out-promote locals. Two, because of their size they can demand lower prices and obtain better financing and government support than locals. And three, they use inferior ingedients and methods and pay their employees less in salary and benefits than locals. But there have got to be ways for locals to deal with this, especially via regional and national trade organizations and such, to be able to buy cheaper and obtain better financing, have more political clout, etc. Even if they're still slightly more expensive, they can more than make up for it with quality and "feel". This would in turn force chains to upgrade their quality and maybe treat their employees better, to compete.

    We need ways of "aggregatizing" localism, for better buying and political power.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:16:12 AM PDT

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