and I don't care who knows it.
a number of "shopping services" are sprouting up in the region ... not the individual shopping sites like Amazon and eBay...
no, these are businesses ... mostly British from what I can garner, that are specializing in delivering groceries and the like from UK sources to customers in France.
yeah, free market and all of that. but it really pisses me off for some reason. I mean here they are, these ahem "expats" ... living here, benefiting from the positives that France has to offer (country lifestyle, inexpensive property rates, great health care) and pretty much shopping exclusively from outside the country.
Daily groceries. electronics. furniture. paint. do-it-yourself products. clothing. etcetera. this doesn't begin to address the exclusive mentality of using 'services' (building, maintenance, pubs, etc) owned by fellow expats vs. the locals.
I mean really? ASDA? Tesco? Sainsbury? Marks & Spencer? seriously?
it is no wonder so many French here in my area, anyway, have such a negative impression of the expat community.
don't even get me started on speaking French.