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Instead of buying things like 3 packs of meat from Asda for a Tenner, we've been using butchers shops in the area instead, and starting from Tuesday we are getting milk delivered twice a week. It just got me thinking, do any other people on here still support local businesses as much as they can, or do you take the cheaper and convenient supermarket option??

 

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I get milk and eggs delivered, the yolks on them are better than the best eggs you get in supermarkets, really rich vivid orange. I do go to a local butcher but not as often as I'd like. Partly because it's quite expensive (£4 for four burgers vs £2.50 in tescos) and partly because the range on offer isn't actually all that great. I'd like to get the cheaper unusual cuts you don't see in supermarkets like bavette, shin, skirt but they just have silverside etc. Maybe they could get it in if I asked.

My main place I try to always go to locally is a cracking hardware shop staffed by folk who know what they're talking about compared to B&Q.

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Farmers market a couple of times a month, particularly for meat.

Unfortunately small towns can't support a variety of local shops. Supermarket convenience will always win.

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There used to be a great hardware shop in Dumbarton high street, sold everything from Fishing permits/bait to small appliances & nuts and bolts. Homebase arrived in the retail park, hardware shop closed, Homebase then closed too, now there's a B&M store selling tubs of blunt wonky screws for a quid :(

We will occasionally buy from the Farmers Market for a treat, though it's not as varied as it used to be, less sellers there now. To be honest, the local Morrisons has a decent in-store butcher counter, staffed by former local butchers with square sausage to die for. 

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1 hour ago, Silverton End said:

There used to be a great hardware shop in Dumbarton high street, sold everything from Fishing permits/bait to small appliances & nuts and bolts. Homebase arrived in the retail park, hardware shop closed, Homebase then closed too, now there's a B&M store selling tubs of blunt wonky screws for a quid :(

We will occasionally buy from the Farmers Market for a treat, though it's not as varied as it used to be, less sellers there now. To be honest, the local Morrisons has a decent in-store butcher counter, staffed by former local butchers with square sausage to die for. 

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There used to be a great hardware shop in Dumbarton high street, sold everything from Fishing permits/bait to small appliances & nuts and bolts. Homebase arrived in the retail park, hardware shop closed, Homebase then closed too, now there's a B&M store selling tubs of blunt wonky screws for a quid 
We will occasionally buy from the Farmers Market for a treat, though it's not as varied as it used to be, less sellers there now. To be honest, the local Morrisons has a decent in-store butcher counter, staffed by former local butchers with square sausage to die for. 

Smiths on Glasgow Rd for meat and a blether with an old fashioned butcher and then next door to get my nasal hair waxed by the Turkish barbers.
Loss of wee shops as you describe are a shame but it’s the world we live in sadly. They just can’t compete.

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I get my milk from a magic machine not far up the road when I'm passing by. The novelty hasn't worn off yet. 

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I also started getting meat from the 'proper' butcher. Better quality for not too much more plus they have fancy things ready for throwing in the oven (pinwheels etc).  Was never previously a fan of Scotch eggs until I had one with meat rather than the supermarket ones made of cardboard (or whatever it is they use). 

 

As a disclaimer, I should add that I wish to have as little association with the guy in that photo as possible.

 

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I don't know if it's as prevalent in the UK but it's become a huge issue in the US, where big retailers buy the wholesalers and then can sell to independents at a higher price, forcing them to go bust eventually. I think this is what Tesco are aiming to do with the Booker merger.

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There's not even a butcher's shop in musselburgh these days. Went for a drive down the coast yesterday and went to the butcher in Dunbar, then Anderson's in North Berwick. The latter make their black pudding In the shop rather than getting it in from a supplier. Lovely stuff.

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If I want something from a local shop I need to get the bus or take the car and pay £3 then pay more for something I can get cheaper online or in a supermarket. The high street is dead, it’s just people haven’t realised it yet.

In big cities it can continue but it beggars belief that towns like Dunfermline have charged so much for rent that companies have moved into retail parks or shut down. If it was free parking and local craft shops existed that had unique or great stock I would go. For example Aberdeen has a great trainer shop, Hanon, if that was in Dunfermline I would rather go there. St Andrews has some nice shops, Perth to an extent. Edinburgh has lost lots of great wee shops. It’s just not worth it.

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My main place I try to always go to locally is a cracking hardware shop staffed by folk who know what they're talking about compared to B&Q.

I love these and Nickel & Dime type places. Great when you're after something obscure and the owner will point out exactly where it is rather than clueless 'Sunday girl'.

That said I always end up like the guy out the Fast Show. I'll go in for cable ties but come out with some clench nails just in case I feel the need to recreate a Viking longboat in the distant future. 

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8 minutes ago, D.A.F.C said:

If I want something from a local shop I need to get the bus or take the car and pay £3 then pay more for something I can get cheaper online or in a supermarket. The high street is dead, it’s just people haven’t realised it yet.

In big cities it can continue but it beggars belief that towns like Dunfermline have charged so much for rent that companies have moved into retail parks or shut down. If it was free parking and local craft shops existed that had unique or great stock I would go. For example Aberdeen has a great trainer shop, Hanon, if that was in Dunfermline I would rather go there. St Andrews has some nice shops, Perth to an extent. Edinburgh has lost lots of great wee shops. It’s just not worth it.

Got some belters from their online shop.

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23 minutes ago, Jumbo Muir said:


Smiths on Glasgow Rd for meat and a blether with an old fashioned butcher and then next door to get my nasal hair waxed by the Turkish barbers.
Loss of wee shops as you describe are a shame but it’s the world we live in sadly. They just can’t compete.

Can mind when there were 6 or 7 butchers in town, Wallace's, Sloans, Alex Munro etc

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Dumbarton is fairly poor for this sort of thing. When I lived in Hillhead many moons ago I used roots and fruits ( a touch expensive but well worth it) and Mellis for cheese. There was also a decent deli but it closed. The fruit and veg was excellent and didn't have 3 layers of plastic to get through before you got to it. It sold huge steak mushrooms that were a meal on their own. I think it's still there.

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17 minutes ago, D.A.F.C said:

 If it was free parking and local craft shops existed that had unique or great stock I would go.

I would quite like this to happen and would think it was inevitable particularly for towns where places like Debenhams, BHS etc. have gone. But we all know it won't because councils & retail landlords are all broke and can't understand charging less rates/rent for more shops is better than charging high rates/rent for a bookies and a vape shop, so instead it'll all get knocked down and turned into flats.

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6 minutes ago, RockMusic said:

Dumbarton is fairly poor for this sort of thing. When I lived in Hillhead many moons ago I used roots and fruits ( a touch expensive but well worth it) and Mellis for cheese. There was also a decent deli but it closed. The fruit and veg was excellent and didn't have 3 layers of plastic to get through before you got to it. It sold huge steak mushrooms that were a meal on their own. I think it's still there.

 

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9 minutes ago, RockMusic said:

Dumbarton is fairly poor for this sort of thing. When I lived in Hillhead many moons ago I used roots and fruits ( a touch expensive but well worth it) and Mellis for cheese. There was also a decent deli but it closed. The fruit and veg was excellent and didn't have 3 layers of plastic to get through before you got to it. It sold huge steak mushrooms that were a meal on their own. I think it's still there.

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Unfortunately small towns can't support a variety of local shops. Supermarket convenience will always win.

Small independents will only survive if they can offer something that the bigger firms can't. Mr Newsagent who silently sits behind the till when there's a cheaper Sainsburys Local next door stands no chance.
This doesn't necessarily need to be stock that the supermarkets don't have (e.g. local produce), but could be a level of knowledge that exceeds that of the shelfstackers (i.e. you go to see a person rather than simply see it as being just another shop)

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I can mind some years ago visiting an elderly aunt and uncle in Glasgow who weren't in the best of health.  I volunteered to pop down to their local butcher for "a pun o' mince" and cook it up for them.

In the queue in the butchers was a wee Glesca wummin who wanted half a dozen eggs, but "frae hens that had been runnin' aboot"

Christ missus, says the butcher, I don't what they've been dae'en, but they're guid eggs, d'ye want them or no'?

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