Stop Big Box Retailers from Putting Local Stores Out of Business

Target: American Shoppers

Goal: Discourage shopping at big box super stores and encourage the growth of local small businesses.

Big box retailers are stealing away customers from local small business owners. This pushes these small business owners to close their doors for good. These retailers have everything we need at the lowest possible prices, which in effect robs the locally owned mom and pop shops of their clientele. While providing everything at the lowest price doesn’t sound like a bad thing, it is enabling these retailers to essentially own most of the clientele of our small towns.

Of course, this begs the counterargument. This is America and we stand by our free market system. That is all well and good, except when a corporation decides to throw its social conscience to the wind and embark on a campaign of misled ethics. To name only two examples, mega stores are employing temp agencies that violate labor laws and are putting suppliers under extreme pressure to sell at lower and lower prices. Furthermore, how can such large corporations own most of the business of a small town and refuse to pay their workers living wages and provide them with good benefits?

Let’s end the big-box retailer invasion by cutting our ties with them. We can prevent corporations like Wal-Mart from turning small towns into ghost towns. If we simply stop shopping at these big-box retailers and support our local business owners instead, then we can reclaim America’s small towns and let legitimate business resume.


Dear American Shoppers,

Local small business owners across America are closing their stores due to behemoth big-box retailers opening up shop in their small towns. These retailers sell their products at obscenely low prices which in effect persuades the general public into shopping at their stores instead of locally owned small businesses. While this may sound like business as usual, it practically enables these big-box retailers to own most of a small town’s clientele.

Some might argue that these events occur naturally in a free market system, but there is something very unnatural about these giant retailers. They are habitually breaching ethical codes and their behavior is a reflection of a dwindling social conscience. They put suppliers under extreme pressure to sell at the lowest possible price and employ temp agencies that are known to break labor laws. Having gotten their grip on most of a small town’s business, one would think that they would be able to pay their employees living wages and provide good benefits, but we have yet to see this happen in any of our big-box retailers.

Let’s put an end to the invasive tactics of these retailers by supporting our local mom and pop shops across America instead of encouraging the indecent attitude of these corporations.

[Your Name Here]

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