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  •  In a typical suburban town (5+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, mungley, bryduck, jan4insight, stevemb

    ...the only place to buy most products is a chain store.

    The idea of this bill as a boom to Mom-and-Pop stores is dubious.

    If instead of buying a case of canned-soup online directly from the manufacturer, I make the long drive to Whole Foods for canned-soup, it's not a Progressive Victory.

    There is less pollution if UPS drops off the canned-soup with packages for other people at my apt complex, then if I make a long drive to a specialty supermarket.

    •  Unless you were going to be at the market (0+ / 0-)

      anyway.
      1st, you should consider buying your food more than one item at a time.
      2nd, depending on how much you spend, many online retailers will waive the cost of shipping, to the cost of filling your bunker will be the same online as it is at your local store.
      3rd, if you are going to travel to the bank, or the post office, or the gym, or the doctor, or the gun store, there is likely a retailer of soup nearby.  Just walk in there and get your soup in the same trip, thus saving the extra gas and the cost of reshipping an item that has already been delivered to another location. (Retail outlets include the cost of shipping and stocking in their prices.)

      Take back the House in 2014!!!! ( 50-state strategy needed)

      by mungley on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 11:25:06 AM PDT

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    •  Not real world (0+ / 0-)

      When you buy something locally you support jobs and employment.
      The shipping is going to happen no matter what way you by things.
      This bill is good for local business.
      This bill is good for creating jobs.

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