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January 23, 2007

The Low Cost of Low Price

Wal-Mart and the Amish?  Makes a lot of sense.

A new store in Black River Falls, Wisconsin has installed hitching posts for Amish buggies.  Some find it odd that the Amish would choose to patronize this icon of modern American commerce.    

Amish have actually been shopping at Wal-Marts for years...the buggy hitch is nothing new for places like Washington, Indiana or Millersburg, Ohio. 

Smart businesses accomodate local populations, and the Amish are regular shoppers at Wal-Mart and other low-cost shops and restaurants. 
Even the McDonald's in Sugarcreek, Ohio features parking for the Amish, with a neon sign in trademark McDonald's yellow directing buggies to their spots.   

What about the recent anti-Wal-Mart movement?  Does that 'cause' factor into the average Amish person's shopping decisions?  Wal-Mart:  The High Cost of Low Price, a recent film detailing, among other things, the firm's 'destruction' of small business in Middlefield, Ohio, comes to mind.

Amish America doesn't know exactly what the Amish think about Wal-Mart's business practices.  Or if most Amish even pause to think about it. 

When you have eight mouths to feed, that's probably 'cause' enough to keep you busy.   And to keep you coming back for low prices.

Link to the article at Labelscar.   


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When I was in Amish country in Ohio last summer I went into a hardware store that had all kinds of Amish-oriented stuff. Tools that did not use electricity, etc. I was the only non-Amish person shopping in the whole place.

I felt the same way a couple of times going into Spector's stores--you might have seen one on your trip, I'm not 100% sure but I think they have one in Wilmot or Mount Eaton and maybe Berlin--they're the cloth stores that the Amish shop at to buy material to make clothes. It kind of feels like you are dipping into another world.

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