In America today, much of our country is controlled by corporations, who do this through lobbyists to the government and advertising, making us want more and more. The government does play a huge role. But we also have a measure of control; voting with our wallets. As a consumer, as well as a seller of merch, I refuse to buy from Amazon any longer after I heard about the businesses practices. I’ve written about Amazon’s Mynopsony before as well as this, I will write more about their practices in the future.
Myself, I have a small mutual aid table. I give free food away and sell merchandise, I keep all of my money in the community. I sell artwork and self-published books. I also have completed a few albums which are on my linktree website. I spend my money on local businesses and the seeds I buy for neighborhood projects come from local, native, heirloom companies or in one case, an organic heirloom company owned by Veterans. I use Red Fox Organics and Northwest Meadowscapes.
Putting our money where our mouth is, gives small businesses more of a chance, makes unions more powerful (more competition, more job opp) and a better economy, as well as more innovation from competition. It also leaves better opportunities for the next generation as well as working better in the long-term for consumers (as long as we have a monetary-based society). Would you rather have many places to buy from or only a few? If you only have a few because people keep buying more and more from giant corporations with lower prices, you will eventually have to pay whatever corporate companies charge. This is why I support small, local businesses.
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