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wasoxygen  ·  1573 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How poor people stay poor

    The people previously providing clothing and household goods in many towns were likely mom & pop type stores.

That is possible, or the goods may have been provided by mail order, or more distant retail outlets, or people may have made their own goods or gotten by without them.

When the alternate retailers were less efficient than Walmart, and unable to provide as good a value as Walmart, customers naturally chose to bring them less business. Bad news for mom, pop, and Sears, good news for all the price-sensitive shoppers that are the subject of this conversation.