Palo Alto shops look to Small Business Saturday
Original post made on Nov 29, 2013
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on Nov 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm
Palo Alto real estate is too expensive for small retailers to survive in this town. The recent sale of the building housing A9 (Alma and Lytton) at $53M, and other similar properties, clearly demonstrates that the value of downtown property is quite high when put to use as offices. No small retailers could ever generate the sales to pay the high rents that have been driven up by the property developers.
Additionally, the Internet offers access to the whole world for those interested in researching their needs, and wants. Amazon has demonstrated how centralized retailing can deliver merchandise to their customers in one to three days time, at very cost effective prices. Even downscale Walmart is trying to get into the Internet sales/delivery game.
Given the parking problem downtown, it's hard to believe that anyone in their right minds would want to shop there, other than on the weekends.
Things change. Sadly, Palo Alto's downtown is no longer what it might have been to the residents fifty years ago.
on Nov 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm
Last year I noticed that some of the toy items we bought were actually priced better at the local independent toy stores, either as the list price or through coupons, than at the big box stores. I learned not to just assume the big box prices are better, and usually the local stores have to work harder to find interesting selections.
I am often finding that some kinds of items, like, oh, paint pens or zots or tank helium, often even SD disks, are easier and cheaper to find locally than online.
Fry's matches internet prices, and now that we have to pay for sales tax via internet, I prefer to just go down to the store and see what's on special or available.
Kepler's has current books that they get signed when the authors come through, and they don't charge any extra for those. (Kepler's is one of those small businesses on the Amex $10 list - that's how I learned about it, a mailing fro Kepler's.) I've gotten books signed by Salmon Rushdie and Bill Bryson as gifts, among others. They put little stickers on the signed ones.
on Nov 29, 2013 at 1:41 pm
Last year, American Express was donating $25 for Small Business Saturday. This year, the donation is down to $10. Is American Express trying to phase out this program?