What “used to be” just does not exist any more.
One upon a time, our family shopped at “mom and pop” stores. The name was evidence that they were not the Costcos, Targets, Walmarts, BJ’s, etc. of today.
The owners knew us by name, and we purchased what we required with confidence that the products would
always be of a good quality on a daily basis. There was trust all around between the buyers and the owners.
Shopping at the very large markets in this world, still expanding all over, is a different “ball game.” Yes, there is definitely a larger variety of consumer goods, but we can not know with certainity about the quality of the foods we are buying.
Life appears to be a series of tradeoffs. However, I occasionally enjoy going back in time, to what I then considered a less stressful, and in many ways, more enjoyable environment.