Reader: People in Boulder would rather pay more than support faceless corporate culture

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The Denver-based online shopping website ShopAtHome.com recently identified Boulder as the least frugal city in the U.S. based on coupon usage, or lack thereof, by the people who live there.

One reader sees plenty of flaws in this measurement method.

Ian Williams writes:

Cheap is cheap. In and out. I wish I could buy a sprinkler that works... but unfortunately, all they have is the cheap one, on sale, with 10% off loyalty coupon.

Great deal!

Too bad my lawn is dead now because I can't afford to buy a new cheap one every month after the last one failed.

Maybe people pay more in Boulder because they know the money is going to a community oriented, owned & operated business rather than a profit-centric one.

Maybe it's because they know the extra dollar is going to pay the employees that look happy, well fed, and rested, with benefits and a zeal for doing their job, not because they are being paid, but because they have a passion for the industry or product, or simply prefer to help those around them live better. Maybe, just maybe, the reason Boulder spends a lot of money is correlated to it being on almost every "Best City To Live In" lists. Maybe our disposable, discount culture is just that... a cheap marketing trick to promote more consumption of sub-par products manufactured under a guise of fair-trade while fueling a slave economy in a distant, dissimilar culture starving itself to ensure profit margins.

Maybe saving money is sometimes a bad thing... Nah...This is the United State of What Do I Get?... Cheap must be better, right? Cheap means more for me. Me is most important, more is better. Right?

This is better, right?

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Guest Who
Guest Who

So I would argue that citizens of Boulder are mostly rich people with poor taste who don't mind wasting their money paying full price to experience the wonders of a LarkBurger. LOL. 

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting takes, Guest Who. Thanks for weighing in.

Derp McGurk
Derp McGurk

 Dude, well said!  On the other hand, it makes me sad to knock Wahoo's Fish Tacos.  That place is f-ing awesome!

Guest Who
Guest Who

the best Wahoos are in Denver the further they get from their homebase the more mismanaged and bland

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

I love me some Wahoo's Fish Tacos, too, Derp. Thanks for the post.

Guest Who
Guest Who

Boulder is no different than any other front range city anymore. Multi-national corporations control all the grocery, and have been systematically destroying local eateries and replacing them with QDoba, Wahoos, Noodles and Company, Panda Express, etc... etc...

Most of the people who work at these corporate institutions which have overrun Boulder are the same asshole rich kids who dont really need the job, and could care less about performing. Its always been that way, except for now at least 75% of your locally owned oasis have gone away.

McGuckins is next. Just look at Crossroads Mall if you want to see the direction Boulder is heading.

Just look at the building going up on The Hill in place of the old Jones Drug building, and the WhichWich, Jimmy Johns, Del Taco, QDoba, Papa Romanos, etc... that have taken the place of locally owned business over the last 10 years on the Hill. 

Then you will see what Boulder has already become, then maybe you will stop defending a city whose identity is no longer aligned with your own it would appear.

Peace and Blessings

Ian Williams
Ian Williams

Good point man, the homogeny of franchises has diminished the power of local businesses by providing people with fewer choices and less opportunity to compete against wealthy companies.

But, I would bet a Chipotle (Started in Denver) Burrito or a bowl from Noodles & Co (Also started in Denver) costs the same in the Fort as it does in the Springs and the Republic.

So using that to display a divergence in respect to the frugal nature of others is a less than prime example.

The reality is, with many of us well under the poverty line, including a huge population of college graduates as well as many apt, intelligent, responsible, hard working folks without a "college education", it's difficult to do anything BUT pinch your pennies.

But what if, in part, the reason we are in this situation of being poor and consequentially having to shop frugally, is because of this "trickle down" system of corporate oligopolies legally required to put investors and banks before employees and customers.

I'm not sayin' one way or the other, Í'm just thinkin' out loud.

Peace and love G.Who. :D

Be good, burn well.

Ian Williams
Ian Williams

Plus, this Denverite just saved $15 on a pizza, from a company that openly supports a political party devoted to diametrically opposed social and political goals. 

So, there's always that...

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