That said, there is one key problem to the Buy Local directive and that is that most of what we all want to buy isn't made locally. Let's be honest with ourselves: Few of us really have an enthusiasm for homemade crafts. We may find something from time to time that catches our eye, but for most people our regular spending goes toward food and entertainment. With food you can buy local--be it at a farmer's market or by dining at locally owned and operated restaurants. This, I wholeheartedly encourage.
Entertainment, however, becomes problematic. What difference does it make to me whether I buy The Sopranos on DVD from Best Buy or a small, independent seller? It's the same product either way. My concern as a consumer is to get the best price I can find and unfortunately for the indie seller, that's likely to be at Best Buy. You need customers to support your establishment? I get that. But I need to stretch my few dollars as far as they'll go. I won't apologize for this.
And, let's face it: I'm still helping to keep someone in our community employed. Best Buy employees live here, too, you know. Remember when Circuit City closed? Or Borders? Those were big chains, sure, and we can talk about how cold their shareholders were but those shuttered doors impacted people in our neighborhoods just the same.
I'm not trying to discourage anyone from patronizing their locally owned and operated businesses. I encourage it myself. But I also think there's something disingenuous about acting as though local businesses have something special to offer us. At the end of the day, most of them are either trying to sell us stuff we don't want or they're trying to sell us the same stuff we can get anywhere else.