Whining about supermarkets:
The central issue, however, is whether \”what the consumer wants\” should close down the argument. What people want as consumers may not be what they want as householders, community members, producers, employees or entrepreneurs.
And in Smith we find ourselves being told that the purpose of all production is consumption.
Thus, when we decide about how prodution should be done, the interests of the consumers are indeed paramount. For this is the whole point of the system of production.
If consumers do value the non-efficiency of the non-supermarket method of retail distribution that\’s just fine. Good luck to them. If consumers on the other hand value the efficiency of the supermarket system that is equally fine. Similarly good luck to them.
For yes, \”what the consumer wants\” really does close own the argument. For what the consumer wants is the whole point of the entire system.