The cover of the latest issue of The New Yorker makes a powerful statement. It’s worth ten thousand words on the economic challenges that the local economies of our communities are facing.
In the image (by one my daughter’s favorite graphic novel writers and illustrators, Adrian Tomine) shows the young woman in apartment 6908 accepting a delivery of a book from Amazon while next door, at the bookstore, the owner has the keys in the lock.
As I’ve offered a number of times before, the local retailers of books, music and videos will order anything for you. Generally, the items arrive at least as quickly as those from the large, centralized and out-of-town vendors, and you don’t pay for shipping. In some cases, the local folks will let you know that they can get a fine copy, used, for much less cost than new.
So shop, or order, local(ly). Keep your money in town and your neighbor in business.