Elitist Local Governments Seek To BAN Dollar Stores Across the Country

Where I live, there are exactly three Dollar Generals within five minutes from my house. There are plenty more as I would continue to drive in any direction.

Unless you live out in the country, I would bet that you have some sort of dollar store near your house as well whether it be a Dollar General, Dollar Tree, or even a Family Dollar.

But dollar stores are continuing to pop up everywhere. With that, there is an actual debate as to whether or not you should be allowed to shop there. Not even joking.

Opponents of dollar stores often contradict each other or even themselves.

Critics objected when suburban growth sent stores running for whiter, more affluent suburbs. But dollar stores’ explicit attempts to reverse this trend—to set up affordable retail options in poorer, underserved neighborhoods—are somehow also the target of scorn.

You’ll also hear critics claim dollar stores engage in “predatory” behavior by offering prices that are simultaneously too low (undercutting potential competitors) and also too high (as compared to a per-unit cost at the Costco 15 miles away).

Haters complain retail jobs offered by dollar stores are “low quality and low-wage” but also that dollar stores don’t create enough of these low-quality, undesirable jobs. One is reminded of the Woody Allen line complaining about a restaurant’s “terrible food…and such small portions!” (Fee)

If you've followed us for very long then you may know that I'm 100% against the government's regulation of goods and services as a whole.  When you take the government out of the capitalism equation, the system will fix itself.

If a store is meeting the needs of a local community and they're happy to do business with that store then leave them alone. The government has no business telling people where they can and can't shop.

If a restaurant wants to charge $10 for a cheeseburger so they can afford to pay their employees $15 per hour and they end up losing business and have to shut down, so be it…that's capitalism.

That is the absolute beauty of the free market. It prevents one company from taking advantage of people, at least in the long term because their business model is not viable.

Photo Credit: Mike Mozart

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