Here’s a comment that I made on another blog, I think it also works good as a post here.

I don’t always go to indies, I do mainly support the big evil conglomerates. I’m actually a hypocrite, kind of, I guess because I’d like not to support large corporate chains, but I don’t seem to be able to do it. My only reason, maybe isn’t that substantive, but I just don’t like the whole Walmartization of America phenomena. I think there should be alternatives to big box retailers. The idea of small town America, it seems to me, will be gone for good if there aren’t quaint mom and pop bookstores still around to support and enjoy.