“We moved to Bellingham a few years ago and don't even go to Costco anymore, totally impossible to find parking -- and don't even think about getting in line for gas there. Before Canadians start acting so self-righteous about Bellingham people getting upset about the extra congestion and the car pollution in our town: let's consider some finer points here. Things are more expensive in Canada because there's universal healthcare and living wages there compared to the U.S. Things are much cheaper here for a reason; people working in retail don't earn a living wage. Yes, Canadian shopppers add much needed revenue but that's because WA state has an incredibly regressive tax system where it's sales tax dependent.
Plus, shopping at chain stores don't truly stimulate the local economy here in Bellingham; very little of the profit stays in town. I think that we as a society here in North America have to truly rethink our relationship to consumption.”