TGFA (Thank God For Amazon). You can buy just about everything online.
I’m ambivalent about it, though.
I think Amazon is a great example of not only what is great about America (innovation, individualization, free market) but also what concerns me about our country.
When my 2lbs of grits from coastal South Carolina arrive here in the Central Coast of California, I won’t keep the shipping box or packaging materials. Individual orders create a lot of waste.
But when I think about all the logistics involved with getting grits delivered to my doorstep, it’s truly amazing. So many people involved — from the online marketplace sellers to the air traffic controllers to the shipping companies– so many jobs created. It is amazing.
And a little sad. It’s hard for our local stores to compete with businesses who don’t have to store inventory, who can negotiate lower prices with vendors than smaller buyers. What happens when our only 2 choices are Amazon or Walmart? Then it’s like school lunches: you get what you get and don’t throw a fit.
Maybe this is just the pendulum swinging. Lots of shops consolidate into a bigger one, only to break up into smaller shops later. We will see. In the meantime, let them eat grits!