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Home team vs. the Internet

January 15, 2008
Itâ??s been a tough couple of years in Bloomington for Roberts Distributors, the well-known Indianapolis supply house for cameras and other photography equipment. So tough that the Bloomington store is closing.

Bruce Pallman, the second generation running Roberts, said the location was losing $100,000-plus a year, mainly because sales were moving online.

If ever there were a home team to support, it would be Roberts. Yet, companies and consumers are moving online for the lower prices and convenience.

When you decide to buy something, how do you balance price and convenience against supporting the local entrepreneur?

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