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Old 02-14-2013, 08:15 PM  
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Do you support local companies?

Browsing the Hallmark store today over lunch to get my wife a Valentine's Day card, I wondered how many people in KC would not purchase a Hallmark product even if it was more expensive. I'm sure my limited spending won't make much of a difference, but I nearly always buy local if I can. I will buy Hallmark, eat at Applebee's over Chilis (even though it sucks), buy a Garmin GPS and use Sprint cellphone service.

Others might disagree. I have a good friend who works at Sprint. He said it's a known fact inside the company that their marketshare here in KC ("share of decisions") is no greater or worse than their national average. So people in KC won't bother supporting Sprint which is a huge economic engine here. I think that's crazy. I assume the same studies would bear out for Hallmark or Garmin.


Anyway, just wanted to get your thoughts on this.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:23 AM   #31
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:40 AM   #32
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:09 AM   #33
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I'll support local if it's worth it. Just because something is local doesn't mean it's worth my business. But I do make an effort to go local over asshole corporations.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:11 AM   #34
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Hate it when people go to check stuff out at the local store and then go buy same product online. The guy working at the store down the street is your neighbor.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:13 AM   #35
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:16 AM   #36
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:36 AM   #37
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I support Hallmark for sure and will try to make an extra effort to get a Hallmark card if I can. Fortunately, they are fairly readily available in the stores that I shop in the Sacramento area. They've made lists of America's top employers and have done great things in Kansas City, including the development of Crown Center, one of this country's most significant private-sector urban redevelopment efforts. I know they also make an effort at farming out some of their printing work to small businesses: one of my friend's used to get jobs from them for their minority-owned print shop. I like how that company does things and their commitment to producing a quality product. Those are more important to me than the fact that the company is local. But when a company is local, you tend to get a better handle on how well they do things and their commitment to quality. It seems to me that Boulevard Brewing is a good company, too, but I'm no longer a resident of KC, so my hunches may not be as good in their case.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:49 AM   #38
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Sure, but my definition of local doesn't include national chains.
Hah. I just realized that Hallmark is a "local" chain for KC, so my bitching about people choosing Hallmark cards over Hammerpress was a little off the mark.

I'm with you, though as far as not considering large corporations to be "local." I live in NWA, but I don't consider Wal-Mart to be a local company. Even though they do a ton of great things for our area, I don't support them over other competitors (like Target).
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:51 AM   #39
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:56 AM   #40
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:06 AM   #41
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:40 AM   #42
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:44 AM   #43
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Sprint's service is truly garbage. I pay $30 a month for 4G I have no access too where I live, and I have for some time. If it wasn't for the $30 discount I get every month that offsets it, I would bounce for Verizon in a heartbeat that already has 4G where I live. Wifi access almost everywhere I go allows me to choose being frugal and going with the lowest overall cost from my carrier, and Sprint has truly unlimited data going for them. At some point though, I can see the relationship ending unless they do a major upgrade to their towers out here sooner rather than later.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:51 AM   #44
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Sprint's service is truly garbage. I pay $30 a month for 4G I have no access too where I live, and I have for some time. If it wasn't for the $30 discount I get every month that offsets it, I would bounce for Verizon in a heartbeat that already has 4G where I live. Wifi access almost everywhere I go allows me to choose being frugal and going with the lowest overall cost from my carrier, and Sprint has truly unlimited data going for them. At some point though, I can see the relationship ending unless they do a major upgrade to their towers out here sooner rather than later.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:42 PM   #45
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