Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Support the Indies -- BuyIndieDay on May 1st

Everyone has heard the story of the independent bookstore closing its doors. So much so, that one can't help but roll their eyes at yet another "Death of a Bookstore" story. Now, we at Reiter's have no plans to be in such a tale, and many of our Indie-brethren feel the same way. So, we (the Indie Community) are glad to be putting forth BuyIndieDay. On May 1st, independent bookstores across the nation are asking all those who love us to buy one book. Whether its hardcover, paperback, fiction, or non-fiction, we are asking you to come out and support indie. If you'd like to check out more about IndieDay 2009, please visit Kevin Guilfoile's blog entry at The Outfit, which is a really cool blog you should check out if you have the time.

For those who haven't fully cultivated a love for Indie Stores, please look at the list below to see all the benefits of buying Indie.

When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

The Economy
  • Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
  • Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
  • More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.
The Environment
  • Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
The Community
  • Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
  • Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
  • More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.

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