As a member of Costco Wholesale, I enjoy the great service and quality of products they provide. But, their dominance in the retail wholesale world cuts other retailers profitability because people do not need to buy as much food and services as they would without. Gas, bakeries, auto shops, optometrists, pharmacies all have less customers because of the success of that store. The economic effect is two face, life is cheaper for the consumer in the beginning but if it cuts wages to other people in business it can have a huge under cut on society – gradually weakening the United States retail prowess. How can we promote retail diversity in a mass consumption culture? I think shopping at boutique retail is the key to an empowered United States in the future, even if it costs more. In the interim, I don’t have a lot of money, so I shop at Costco!