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In general, do you prefer to shop at bigger stores (physical or online) that have much wider selections and slightly lower prices, or at smaller stores that focus on a few product categories and have more "personality", but slightly higher prices?

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professorwho Madness and Genius
06/12/14 9:58 pm

Not many local stores in my neighborhood.

gatsbyxxv
06/07/14 8:49 pm

My absolute preference is to buy local which also means smaller stores but there are times when big stores have what you need because of vast inventories.

Clairesybearsy
06/07/14 12:03 pm

I said bigger but it really depends. What am I buying?

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wilgeno Saint Paul, MN
06/07/14 9:34 am

I have to get the most I can out of the few remaining dollars after taxes and bills. I'm shopping for best price.

dahawwl Texas
06/07/14 6:56 am

Depends on what I am shopping for.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
06/06/14 9:40 pm

Bigger unless I need a specialty item. Unfortunately, it seems every plumbing fixture in my house needs specialty attention!

theNobamist Silicon Valley
06/06/14 9:41 pm

33 year old house, and not the original owner. I don't know what was living here before me, or what the hell they were thinking about some tithings.

Ivyra Earth
06/06/14 8:15 pm

You can find plenty of nice things in bigger stores. I can't afford boutique prices.

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Spiritof76 USA 1776
06/06/14 7:53 pm

For big purchases (lawn mowers, dryers, cars, etc.), small and local all the way. I have gained many quality relationships by supporting local businesses over the years. If something goes wrong, or if I need an upgrade, I'll get straight talk from the pros.

ProfDG I Want Truth
06/06/14 6:26 pm

For clothing I like smaller store, but I do buy a lot of other stuff from Amazon.

bulldog
06/06/14 4:32 pm

I am in love with Costco, period!

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ProfDG I Want Truth
06/06/14 6:25 pm

No way! I saw her first! :)

dudley northern Virginia woods
06/06/14 4:26 pm

I like to shop at places that are likely to have what I'm looking for.

lisalashe
06/06/14 4:16 pm

Now ask do you shop at walmart and watch the poll results reverse. Smh

Statek Im from the Internet
06/06/14 4:08 pm

More "personalized"?
No
How about "actually holds legitimate items and not plastic look-a-likes"
Then yes
It also depends on the item

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bulldogs15
06/06/14 2:57 pm

I hope the liberals aren't shopping at Wal-Mart or Home Depot since they're the devil!

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ImNotTony asks...
06/06/14 2:24 pm

I'm not preferring to shop at bigger stores (physical or online) that have much wider selections and slightly lower prices,

shygal47 Florida east coast
06/06/14 2:20 pm

This is a tough one. I prefer the smaller business but I can't always get what I want at the 1st location and end up wasting gas driving all over when I could have stayed home and used Amazon.

MJSeals J.D.
06/06/14 2:00 pm

I like both. The benefit to capitalism.

Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
06/06/14 12:40 pm

Most items big. Items relative to my hobbies small.

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davidwhite1 Building it Bigger
06/06/14 12:11 pm

I prefer to support local economies, and private business owners; rather than the Walton family who controls the same amount of wealth as the bottom 42% of Americans.

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arctostaphylos Ankh Morpork, New York
06/06/14 12:09 pm

I do my hunting and comparing online then try to find a small, locally owned store where I can purchase said item.

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roundsquare round square
06/06/14 12:07 pm

I look for the things that cost the least amount of money.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
06/06/14 9:37 am

Wherever I can get first, what I want, and second, the best price. Whether online or in person, I like being able to compare every available item in the category I'm considering, then get the best one for the best price. That's Amazon or B&H Photo.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
06/06/14 8:48 am

I prefer smaller businesses who understand that I'm motivated by low prices.

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RoDe Latinus wordsus
06/06/14 8:30 am

I mostly shop in small businesses. Might be more expensive upfront but I'm not contributing to companies like Walmart that end up costing the government and my own tax bill by not paying their employees enough and not providing healthcare.

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monstermom Washington
06/06/14 8:23 am

I make a conscious effort to shop local, home owned, and made in America. Sometimes I pay more but it's worth it.

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gonzoboy Arizona
06/06/14 8:15 am

"Smaller", not for "personality", but more for their focus on unique or quality items, or both. Seems the more huge a store becomes, the more generic its products, GENERALLY.
I don't let price dictate my purchase, unless the disparity is ridiculous.

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Maj Worth Economist
06/06/14 8:08 am

I prefer to shop smaller stores that have better prices. :)

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
06/06/14 7:56 am

Both I adore Costco. When we get baked goods we have a little local bakery that we shop. A young couple runs it and everything is fabulous.

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ontargetlisa
06/06/14 7:50 am

I prefer smaller, specialty stores that have more unique, quality items. Rarely shop at big box stores. Last week I went into WalMart for the first time in years. Bought a couple planters. They are crap. Only went there after trying

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ontargetlisa
06/06/14 7:51 am

To find empty hanging baskets at several other places. I'd much rather but quality products. Locally owned means a lot to me, but they must offer good selections, quality, service as well.

waterstar
06/06/14 8:05 am

Yeah, I noticed lately that Walmart items are pretty sorry. I do shop big box stores for supplies that have to be replaced often. I Hates To Shop.

SaintAnger sumkindamonster
06/06/14 7:35 am

You're a pompous douche if you say big stores are bad mans you don't shop there.

SaintAnger sumkindamonster
06/06/14 7:35 am

Craaaaaap. I'll learn to type someday.

RoDe Latinus wordsus
06/06/14 8:32 am

That could be true in WI, but in places with major cities it's not much of a compromise. I've lived in Boston and NYC. The only big box stores are located outside of the city and therefore aren't as easily accessed as smaller businesses.

at23steelers earth
06/06/14 7:23 am

I hate shopping at big stores. buy at small stores but mostly use amazon

marie333
06/06/14 7:23 am

To me, the smaller, more expensive store needs to have more than just "personality" to justify the cost. It needs to have better quality, better service, and/or a product I can't get anywhere else.

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chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/06/14 7:22 am

With Macys I have coupon and sales. Smaller stores in Manhattan means better quality and customer service. However you know that scene when Julia Roberts nobody wants to help her in the shop - if I walk into Frettes Sheets they will take one look at

chickencookie Jihad Joe
06/06/14 7:23 am

My Payless shoes and make me feel like Julia.

TomM
06/06/14 4:14 pm

I have been told in a store that it's expensive and they didn't think it was for me, just like Julia. It was in Paris. I told them I will decide what is right for me and left.

phillofPF
06/06/14 7:16 am

I shop and buy local... That said, I buy very little and instead choose to work in order to produce for my family and I...

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phillofPF
06/06/14 8:37 am

No, I just like dots trailing off.....
;-)

Arananthi Literal Ninja
06/06/14 7:10 am

I *prefer* personality, but I actually shop for lowest price.

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jvc1133 61535
06/06/14 7:05 am

I feel that I will save money and time with a larger selection

Liberty 4,032,064
06/06/14 7:04 am

Lower prices. I'm not paying more for the same product. If I wanted to do that, I'd just burn it.