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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 9, 2013

Stacy Mitchell Talks about Amazon on Seattle Public Radio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-talks-amazon-seattle-public-radio/

In this 5-minute interview with Ross Reynolds on Seattle public radio station KUOW, Stacy Mitchell talks about how Amazon’s market power has changed the business of selling books and what the future looks like for independent bookstores. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2012

Local Revival: Building a Decentralized Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-revival-building-decentralized-economy/

Local farms, independent retailers, and community banks are all experiencing newfound public support. While these trends are encouraging, local businesses still account for only a small share of the economy. In this 15-minute talk, given in May 2012, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell presents a compelling case for moving local enterprises from the economy’s margins to its mainstream. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 14 Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2012

Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy: Stacy Mitchell’s TEDx Talk

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ted/

In this TEDx talk, delivered on October 20, 2012 at TEDxDirigo‘s Villages conference at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine,  conference, ILSR Senior Researcher Stacy Mitchell argues for a new phase in the local economy movement. She notes that there’s been a resurgence of support for small farms, local businesses, and community banks, but argues: “As remarkable… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 10 Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2012

Justice Department Abets Amazon’s E-Book Monopoly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/dojs-lawsuit/

For years, Amazon has used its size and market power to bully publishers and keep other retailers from competing in the e-book market.  And, for years, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has done nothing to constrain Amazon’s abuses or bring about a more competitive marketplace. So it was quite a shock last month when… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 23 Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2012

Amazon Infographic: How a Single Company Gained a Stranglehold over Online Shopping and the Future of Retail

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/amazon-infographic/

This infographic tracks how Amazon bullied and swindled its way to becoming one of the most powerful retailers on the planet. On pace to be bigger than Walmart by decade’s end, Amazon already controls more than one-third of online shopping and is growing four times faster than e-commerce overall. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 3 Comments | Updated on Jun 23, 2011

Why Publishers, Not Amazon, Should Set Book Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/why-publishers-not-amazon-should-set-book-prices/

After winning a high-stakes standoff against Amazon last year, publishers are now setting the prices that retailers can charge for their e-books.

At first blush, one might assume that such price-fixing would result in higher prices. But the evidence from more than a dozen European countries, where laws have long prohibited selling both print and electronic books below a set price, clearly shows that publisher-mandated pricing saves consumers money. It also fosters a more lively and competitive book industry, with far more books published and many more independent bookstores open than in countries where big retailers control pricing. Continue reading

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Fixed Price Book Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/antitrust-policies/2216-2/

Laws in some European countries, most notably Germany, require all bookstores, including online sellers, to sell books at fixed prices. Supporters say outlawing discounts protects independent bookstores and small publishers, which in turn ensures that a broader variety of books are available and that there is less focus on best-sellers. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 24, 2010

Grassroots Financing is Underwriting a New Crop of Neighborhood Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/grassroots-financing-underwriting-new-crop-neighborhood-businesses/

Just as CSAs have played a key role in the rebirth of small-scale farms, so too are new community-supported enterprise models helping to launch a new generation of independent grocers, bookstores, and other neighborhood businesses. Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 4 Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2010

Why Does Congress want me to Shun my Local Bookstore and Shop Online Instead?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/why-does-congress-want-me-shun-my-local-bookstore-and-shop-online-instead/

By exempting internet retailers like Amazon.com from collecting sales taxes, lawmakers provide a substantial financial incentive for people to bypass local businesses and shop online instead. Continue reading