Saturday, April 17, 2010

Going Back to Local Merchants

If the remodeling of Rexburg's Wal-Mart was meant to drive local shoppers back into the thin, wasted arms of local merchants, it's working perfectly.

I went in today to find a binder. I want one of those space-age binders, with the D-shaped clips, because they hold more paper. They had one (count 'em, one) flavor of binder (albeit in various sizes) for me to choose from.

I went in a few days ago to look at external hard drives. They had one (count 'em, one) flavor to choose from. It was a nice 1.5 terabit model, but it was all they had.

Clothes in my kids' sizes -- they never have them. They have smaller and larger sizes, but never what we need. And this is not hyperbole or exaggeration -- they never have our kids' sizes.

Of course, with many local merchants, Rexburg is as this little town visited by a Soggy Bottom Boys: A geographical oddity; two weeks from everything. At least they can get it for us. Wal-Mart probably could, too, but that's not the point of Wal-Mart. They ought to stock what ya need in the first place.

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