I've blogged from time to time about buying local. I shop at farmers markets, I try to "buy American" when possible. This year I am patronizing local nurseries for my seeds and plants instead of buying a lot of seeds mailorder because one of the best nurseries was flooded out twice in 2011- but one thing I rarely do is visit my local indie bookstore. (I admit to being a very heavy user of the local public library).
Today, I did visit the local bookstore and now I have a decision to make.
RiverRead, I haven't visited you in months! Inexcusable for someone who loves to read and works in easy walking distance from you. And, at that, you were flooded back in September. I must put my money where my keyboard is and buy something form you.
So, today I went into the store. After a few minutes of browsing, Pat (a co-owner) offered me a cup of coffee. I took her up on it. I especially enjoyed the fact that the sugar was sugar cubes - and that, next to the coffee pot (coffee purchased from Toms, a local store in Binghamton) was a very nice selection of herbal teas.
Then I saw The Perfect Book. Not for me, but for a loved one. A certain occasion is coming up the beginning of June that calls for a gift. I looked through the book. Had I wanted to, there was a nearby cozy chair to curl up in. The book would be just perfect for that person.
But (as TV detective Adrian Monk used to say) "Here's the thing."
It was $40. That's not an easy purchase for cheaps...I mean, frugal, me. So I paused a bit, browsed a little more, and left.
When I got home, I looked up the book on Amazon.com. I don't buy from them that much, but I have always had great experiences with them, and I am a Prime member to get their streaming TV. And, I know they sometimes offer deep discounts on books.
Amazon.com was selling the book for $24.39 and I would have free 2 day shipping with my Prime membership.
So....again, "Here's the thing".
Local bookstore, friendly owner, holds "meet the author" events, has a lot of interesting books, buys local themselves: $40.
Amazon.com: does nothing I know of for our upstate community but its cost is some $15. less. Same book.
Shipping from some distant warehouse would take additional natural resources, so the local store would be the "greener" purchase.
I don't need it until early June so time isn't a factor.
The little devil on my shoulder said "Buy it from Amazon. You could do that and still have a little less than $15. left to buy something at the local store." OK....
The little angel on my other shoulder said "RiverRead. Do The Right Thing."
Should I put my money where my keyboard is and Buy Local?
If it was you....what would you do?