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It’s a simple fact: for every $100 spent, locally owned independent businesses generate $68 in local economic activity. National chains generate only $43. And out-of-state online sellers who don't collect sales tax are virtually a total drain on the local economy.

So when you spend your hard-earned money here, it stays here, supporting locally owned businesses, city neighborhoods and services, and enhancing the quality of life in San Francisco.

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The True Impact of Amazon on Job Creation

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) has created a list of five facts about Amazon’s true economic impact on communities across the country. Below are some of the highlights. For the full article, which offers links to a number of supporting documents and websites, visit Ilsr.org.

“Amazon destroys more jobs than it creates.” Brick-and-mortar stores employ 47 people for every $10 million in sales, and 52 jobs for every $10 million when excluding chain stores. Amazon employs 14 people per $10 million.

“Most Amazon jobs are awful.” Difficult working conditions have been detailed and documented in Amazon facilities both the United States and abroad.

“Amazon pilfers value created elsewhere in the economy.” Amazon encourages “showrooming,” where customers browse and try out merchandise in a brick-and-mortar store, only to ultimately purchase products online. With the shuttering of independent retailers, consumers lose the opportunity to see products in real life.

“Amazon drains dollars from local economies.” For every $100 spent at an independent retailer in a local community, $45 remains in that community; for every $100 given to Amazon, pennies are kept in that community.

“Amazon costs taxpayers.” Amazon is receiving tax incentives, rebates, and subsidies to expand its distribution services, and also enjoys the luxury of not having to collect sales tax in many states in the country.

> A 10% shift in consumer spending from chains and Internet to locally owned retail, would create nearly 1300 new jobs and over $190 million in increased economic output for San Francisco. Customers don't have to spend more, just spend differently. Read More

Locally owned merchants in San Francisco have significant strength in several retail categories, and their contributions to the economy of the city are substantial. They also provide incredible retail diversity and local charm, two reasons so many people want to live and visit here. 
> Locally owned businesses reinvest in the local economy at a 60% higher rate than chain and internet retailers. 
Learn more about the benefits of local spending here.
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