Thursday, February 4, 2010

Google vs Staples?

My power supply on the laptop started to die. I checked the warranty I bought with the computer and realized that I didn't register it online when I bought the thing. I still had the box and receipts so I went online and registered it. The next night I called the phone number to get a new power supply.
The nice guy in Oklahoma said a new power supply would be shipped out and covered under my extended warranty that I bought through Staples where I bought the thing.

Today, when I was updating the Green Report with Brad and Desi, I noticed that the link had been changed to the following:

Thank you for submitting your registration request on-line. For any questions regarding your plan, please contact our customer service center at 1-866-782-9155. Please retain your original receipt as it will be required should you need to submit a claim under your Plan. Note: we recommend you print this confirmation page.

That was strange since only I am supposed to have access to the blog. Also I noticed the link to Raw Story on the drug story below was corrupted. I fixed that and updated the Green Report. Don't know what to say except

I hear you. You don't like anti drug war or green stuff. Thanks for the encouragement. I will double my efforts.


  1. Renaissance Computers. Simply MacIntosh. R&D Computers. Capital Business Machines. Shaw Computer Services. Performance Computers. Evergreen Computer Systems. Emerald Technologies. All local computer stores and not one of them a corporate chain store.

    For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the city's tax base. For every $100 spent at a national chain or franchise store, only $14 remains in the community.*

    Where we shop, where we eat and hang out—all of it makes our neighborhood home. Chain stores threaten to change the unique character of our community. One-of-a-kind, independent businesses are an integral part of what makes Humboldt a great place to live.

    Studies show that locally-owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than national chains.*

    Local business owners tend to set up shop downtown and in walkable neighborhood business districts, rather than developing in suburban strip malls accessible only by car. Having a diverse array of businesses within walking or biking distance reduces the amount of driving Humboldt residents must do to shop for goods and services. It also helps to conserve land, limit sprawl and lessen traffic and air pollution.

    Independent businesses are owned by people who live in this community and are committed to investing in Humboldt’s future. Studies have found that locally-owned businesses contribute more than twice as much of their revenue to charitable causes as corporate chains do. And advocates of local causes find that local business owners are generally much more accessible than executives of large corporations based in other states.*

    Small neighborhood and downtown businesses require less public infrastructure and make more efficient use of city services compared to sprawling big-box stores and shopping centers, which are far more costly in terms of road work and police services, according to studies.*

    A marketplace of thousands of small businesses helps to ensure more innovation and competition, and lower prices over the long term. Independent businesses, choosing products based on what their local customers need and desire, not a national sales plan, guarantees a more diverse range of product and service choices.

    Local business owners and employees often possess a level of expertise and a passion for the products they sell that is unmatched by employees and managers of national chains. They also tend to have a greater interest in getting to know their customers—who are, after all, also their neighbors. Simply put, local owners and employees take a special pride in their trade.

    Entrepreneurship fuels America's economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class. Plus, the success of locally owned, independent businesses provides real-life inspiration to our young people, proving that they can stay in Humboldt and prosper on their own terms.

    In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character are more likely to attract entrepreneurs and new investment. Humboldt residents place a high value on individuality and consider our homegrown enterprises a source of pride. They are also an attraction to visitors.

  2. Good post Anon.

    I wouldn't have even bought a computer well over a year ago now, had it not been for the price.
    $399.00 for a HP laptop. Day after Thanksgiving sale at 5 am. I would't get up that early again to go shopping.

    Thanks for the list of local stores to get software, extras and service.

  3. Tom, that's a pretty hypocritical attitude. Buying for self-serving price point reasons from a giant corporation over helping the local economy and purchasing from a local store? Not very progressive of you. What part of the progressive agenda do you support? Sometimes you need to think about what you are saying when you post. You reveal too much about what most people feel the progressive movement is about. And that is "Do as I say, not as I do".

  4. Anon, maybe you are correct. Perhaps I should not have tried to buy a computer for 399.00. Had I followed the true progressive local attitude, we wouldn't be having this conversation because I wouldn't have a computer to have it on.

    I did buy and finance my car locally. I could have saved a couple of thousand dollars and driven out of the area but the savings were not half off. Car dealers are more competitive than local computer dealers. I could have saved enough money to buy the lap top locally had I bought my car in the Bay Area.

    I buy local grass fed beef from a local store.
    I bought a wood stove a couple of months ago from a local Ace Hardware, could have saved 2 or 3 hundred dollars on line.

    The car was worth three hundred times what the lap top was. The stove about 3 times the cost. Are you saying that you have never purchased something from Safeway or Les Schwab? Do you only go to Murphy's and Arcata Used Tires and Wheels?
    Would you shop there if their prices were 3 times what the other stores charge?

    Do you buy your electricity from PG&E? Or did you buy solar panels from Six Rivers Solar?

    Aren't we all hypocrites on occasion?

  5. Proving corporate chain stores aren't so bad after all. It's the choice of the consumer whether to shop there or not. Wouldn't you agree?


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