City Living, a Culture of Bad Value
One of the most striking differences between
living in the city and living in a small town is retail. There
are just slot fewer stores, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that
you can't get what you need locally. More important, it eliminates
the "retail culture" that is wrecking a lot of America.
In the city, you are surrounded by stores and
products and their byproduct: salespeople. These salespeople have
only one goal, and that is to get you to buy more stuff. Even if
you don't need it, even if you don't look good in it, even if you
can't afford it. They utilize many different strategies to get you
to buy. They try and shame you (you aren't really a player unless
you own this, and I bet you can't afford it), bully you (so are you
going to buy this or not, stupid) or make you pity them (I have to
sell ten more or I will get fired). In any event, they never help
formulate a smart decision. How many times have you seen someone try
on the world's ugliest dress for their body type, only to hear the
clerk say "you look fabulous in that"?
So the first thing you will notice in a small
town is the near absence of this unproductive retail sales message.
Suddenly, you are free to make your own correct decisions without
anyone else's tainted input. When you buy on-line or from a
catalog or even make the rare drive to the city to see the new line
of bags from Chanel, it will be in supreme and divine silence.
This silence is one of the great luxuries of small town living, a
silence you cannot buy at any price in the city.
The lack of constant sales messages from
retailers will have a huge impact on your kids and budget. The
absence of retail culture eliminates, not just reduces, kid's
exposure and focus on buying stuff. It will allow you to cut
your budget down on unnecessary retail "recreational buying" to near
Need a reason to move to small town USA? Then
spend a day at a mall, and a day in a small town. That will convince