mudlikesubstance writes on Pluto in Capricorn – Business Closing…
“I’m not seeing it in my neighborhood or nearby but the outer suburbs are closing up shop like nobody’s business – bye bye strip malls.”
Today I had to get a book for Vid and as we drove to the local Barnes and Noble I realized the days I may be able to do this are probably numbered and if so this will be a sorry situation. This was the scenario:
Vid is on Spring Break. He was to work on a book report, it’s due when he goes back to school. Problem is he doesn’t have the book because he left it at school.
This is not his fault. We had a spring blizzard and they closed his school unexpectedly on both Thursday and Friday last week so he had no opportunity to bring the book home. He needs this book.
I checked the nearby libraries and while it’s a popular book, the closest copy was 20 miles away. They have them for sale on Amazon for a penny but this is irrelevant as the book won’t get here soon enough. Luckily we’ve still got a bookstore, yes?
It’s things like this that we take for granted that I think we’re going to lose. You think it doesn’t matter but it does because the people who work in these stores that are closing are your neighbors.
I love Amazon as much as the next guy but they have an unfair advantage over local business in that they don’t have to charge sales tax. The local tax pays for the police (etc.) so when the local businesses fold, they will take chunks of the police force with them eventually and you can see a very scary situation forming. Or can you?
What do you think the future holds?