Shopping until you drop - Hong KongI was shopping for a new propane hose for a camp stove.  A big box hardware store was selling it for $25, and at the small local hardware store it was $40.  

Both stores were about the same distance out of our way, my first thought was what a ripoff, why pay more for the exact same product?  And then I wondered if I really wanted to go to the huge warehouse megastore and feel unknown in some cold uncaring system?  In my feeling torn over where to shop the question that came to me is what is that extra $15 supporting?  Or what does our world look like when our custom(er) is to support local mom and pop shops or huge international chain megastores…

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