Why Go Independent? But friends, every time you put a dollar into amazon.com’s already overflowing coffers – into Big Corporate Store’s already overflowing coffers – you are robbing the small store in your community. You are sending your dollars to Seattle or Chicago or New York. And you’re taking tax dollars out of your community – and tax dollars, as you know, represent much more than a new book or CD or gewgaw. They represent road repair, police salaries, city parks and on and on. And by hurting the small business owner – who lives and is trying to make his living in your community – you are taking him out of the economic equation.