To The Editor:
Want to save Main Street? Shop there. It seems simple, but whatever town or village you happen to live in you can help to save Main St. Heres a perfect example: I was getting my daughters bike fixed up for the spring, and she needed a new shifter to replace a broken one.
Rather than go on-line, I visited The Treadmill on Market St. in Potsdam. Ted sold me a new shifter for $12, and Ive got a very happy 10-year old.
When I moved on to my wifes bike, I went back to Ted for another shifter. Instead of selling me another set for $18, he told me how I could fix the old one. So, for an $8 bottle of lubricant and advice from an expert I was not only able to fix the bike but save money. At the same time, Ted and I chatted about the demise of Main Street America.
Local businesses (the folks who will sell you things and give you advice) have a tough time competing with the Internet and national chains.
What I discovered is that its not usually about prices. Teds price for a shifter was cheaper than the same one found later on-line, and the lubricant was $5 cheaper, all that with no shipping - which could range from $5-$10.
The best part was that I had the parts immediately, when I had time to put them on. The moral of the story: we can sit back and lament how life used to be on Main Street or we can go out and do something about it.
I for one am going to see what I can do about it. Before I buy something on-line Im going to see if I can get the same thing or a comparable item right here on Main Street. Thanks again Ted, for the business lesson and the bike repair lesson.