Standing against big government and for the people!
Fighting with your wallet is the only way to get their attention. They need you far more than you need them. Through advertising they have convinced you through repetitions conditioning that you need their mediocre products.
Logically, if the products they advertise were everything they claim they are; why would they need to spend millions of dollars per quarter trying to convince you???? Word of mouth is the best most effective form of advertising and it was a core tenet that the free market was built on. If it doesn’t work, people won’t buy and they tell their friends and so on, the reverse is true as well. Think about that the next time a catchy jingle from a commercial gets in your head.
Keeping the money circulating locally helps lower inflation, and taxes by keeping local workers and manufacturers employed. Employed people pay taxes, employed local people help keep both the local and national economy going. We may save a little more in the short term buying from COSTCO or a major franchise chain, but those savings end up getting swallowed up in taxes which go to unemployment entitlements, infrastructure, etc.
Ultimately you have to do what works for you, but if you are tired of the way things are, feel like others are controlling what you can buy, how you buy, etc. – making this paradigm shift in lifestyle can help balance the power and give you more control over your life.