Sigh!  Like many of you, I have a love/hate relationship with Amazon.  I WANT to shop local, but it is easier said than done.  This is particularly true during a pandemic. 

I have a recent example.  I needed a small step stool, not a ladder, just a portable step stool.  So we masked up and went to a local hardware store and to the medical equipment area in two drugstores.  No luck and three exposures later, I resorted to trusty Amazon.  I found a perfect lightweight portable step stool for $30.  Since we are prime members, it was delivered the next day with free shipping.  This is just one of many examples of Amazon fitting the bill, particularly when ‘running around’ isn’t a safe option!

I know I am not alone in ‘AmazonLand’.  I see the trusty blue trucks driving through my neighborhood at all hours. My neighbors are mostly seniors, but still.

I want small businesses and most bricks and mortar store to survive the pandemic.  That is one of the reasons that I try and link to Powell’s – an independent bookseller in Portland, for books noted in my blogs, whenever possible.  It is one of my favorite stops in Portland and truly a treasure.  Shipping is free for orders over $25 and I have found that they have most of the books that are on my radar screen. But I just learned and am sad to report that Powell’s is closing both their store and their kiosk at Portland International Airport.

It is hard to know what lies ahead for Powell’s and other stores.  I know they are really struggling to find new business models and I hope they succeed.  But in the meantime, it seems like Amazon rules the day!



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