I don’t get it. One of the stores from an ‘east cost big city’ is bringing in items from their store to our city for a two day sale. What’s with that? We have people who LIVE here and work REALLY hard to make a living who will be losing business to this east coast store because….why? Because someone felt we were all pathetically deprived of the tri-state shopping experience? Because maybe we are looking drab and out of style in our silly out of town wardrobe? It isn’t fair to the store owners who live here who already have to compete with the internet sales, doesn’t anybody CARE about their neighbors or their fellow hard working Jews anymore???!!!!?!?!?!?
I’m not sure about the halachic implications with the limited information in the OP, but this sounds like a non-local store is simply out to make some sales and are using their city base as a marketing tactic to drum up sales on their travelling route.
an ‘east cost big city’
Anyhow, it has nothing to do with them thinking that (the collective) you look drab or silly. It has to do with their profit. (Maybe they’re hoping that you think you look drab and silly).
Are they allowed to compete with local businesses? That’s a Choshen Mishpat shailah (hasagas g’vul) and a posek would need to hear all details to make that determination. You certainly have the right to decide to give your business to the local merchants.
This has been a pet peeve of mine for years. Some of my neighbors in our “OOT” community seem to believe that certain products are better purchased from NY area stores. Friends, if you want there to be a frum clothing store, seforim store, etc., in your neighborhood, then you need to give them your business. This is the selfish reason; obviously, there are also issues of Halacha and Hashkafa, as pointed out by Joseph.
Are these travelling stores undercutting the local stores pricing?
its called a pop up shop, and i personally love them.
Stores don’t get special treatment.