Tuesday, October 17, 2017


SHOPPING ON AMAZON IS CHEAPER IS A MYTH

Yes, as an informed consumer I do shop on Amazon sometimes, but I am informed.  Bela's birthday present is a good example.  The Dream Tent she wants on Amazon is $29.95.  Target has it in store for $19.95, but if they run out I can buy it on line and have it delivered to the store for $19.95.

I have always said if I am going to eat out, I prefer a family owned restaurant with good food because you are supporting a local family and not some corporation.  Sometimes you cannot avoid eating in a corporate restaurant.  Because I no longer eat corn tortillas, well for now, I rarely eat out Mexican.  But we now have a lot of very good Mexican food restaurants with good Mexican food, and their TexMex, which I think is funny, is terrible.  A good Mexican ranch restaurant does not have rice.  They have only what can be grown on the ranch.  I like these restaurants because they have a lot of fruits and vegetables, along with various meat dishes which are not fajitas.

JCP - does have a good internet shopping program which beats Amazon, especially if you have a United Mileage card.  I go in through the United program and typically get 3-5 frequent flyer miles for every dollar spent versus going to the store for one mile.  They have free pick up at the store.  

JCP stock was trading at about $10 a share in January. It closed today at $3.39.  It is not getting better.  It may go up a bit, but by weeks end be down from the previous week.

I buy all cotton clothes on line a lot cheaper than I would pay at Amazon, get my frequent flyer points, while using online coupons.  By shopping the mall stores on line for store pick up I am protecting the mall.  I am not a mall person.  But a good deal is a good deal.

Guys, check the pricing with coupons on line for the box stores we have locally in the mall or elsewhere before you shop Amazon.  You may say you do not care but you will if JCP, Sears or Dillards go under and the mall fails.  

This will mean a lower tax base which will mean tax increase to make up for the lost revenue.  Also, these local stores employ our neighbors.  

MY POINT IS DO NOT ASSUME SHOPPING ON LINE THROUGH AMAZON OR OTHER ONLINE VENDORS IS CHEAPER THAN THE BIG BOX STORES HERE IN BROWNSVILLE

Amazon so many times does not even compete price wise with what I buy on line from local stores.  This is protecting Brownsville jobs, taxes, and saving money.

The same goes for family restaurants.  They support local families.  If JCP or anyone else fails because we will not even compare prices while using coupons, then Brownsville's economy will be hurt big time, while leaving our neighbors without a job.  But in the end, my experience shopping on line at the big box stores which are local, is cheaper than Amazon.  Save money and Brownsville and shop Brownsville.

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