Buy Queer for Pride

(participating in Capitalism under protest)

Originally published as Buy Local- Support Small Business before a previous ‘year-end holiday shopping season’ – updated for Pride 2023.

As a major buying season of the year approaches there are movements afoot to encourage you to spend your money at businesses that most directly benefit your community. Each year there are attempts to encourage you to purchase the work of artisans rather than something impersonal; mass-produced at some foreign plant.
summary of 10 design collectionsAs with so much of life, it is not always so black & white. Mega-retailers purchase goods from overseas but also create local economic activity; from payroll to property taxes. Yet Retail has a history of under-paying workers; often with part-time positions devoid of medical insurance & other benefits.

Even a local artist is most likely using materials and equipment produced overseas; whether purchased from a local independent store, national chain, or on-line. The amount of time and energy that would be required to properly disclose what percentage of any purchase actually qualifies as “domestic content” (much less “local content“) would double the purchase price. If even possible to do so accurately.

Although I am small, independent and local (at least in central Ohio) the bulk of my business is on-line; my photography, graphic design, books and Oracle decks are available from pod-sites; ‘print on demand’ web-sites. These pod-sites and on-line galleries are located out of state; and include a variety of sizes of business.

While the purchase of any item through these companies will send some amount out of central Ohio, without doubt some portion will stay. And of course any purchase of my creative work or donation to the Queer Ministry of Sister Flirt will support an independent queer elder. And I promise you I won’t remove or edit any design, even if the target of controversy.

See this page for the current Authorized Production Partners for The Digital Gryphon LLC.

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Coming Out (Again);
Machine Produced Wealth;
Corporate Fundamentalism;

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