The Importance Of Supporting Your Local Shops

The Importance Of Supporting Your Local Shops

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Bit of a different article today, it might not be about food, but it is about supporting your local shops!
In today’s economy and consumer mindset, many people do their shopping on the internet. Some say it is cheaper, other’s say they have a wider selection. In my experience, however, supporting local shops pays off in the long run, and I get just as many choices, for the same price or less.

Shipping


One of the big lures of internet shopping is “free shipping”. There are a lot of offers on mega-sites such as Amazon that will ship free for an annual fee. I have a friend who orders on Amazon Prime all of the time. However, she orders stuff that she could buy locally, and ends up spending much more than I do for this simple reason – Amazon Prime has a yearly fee, and she has to pay it.

Shopping


There is a certain convenience to shopping on the internet. That is why even local shops, these days, have websites and shopping carts. You can shop locally via the internet, and your order will be ready for you to pick up at the front desk. And, you don’t have to pay for “free shipping”!

Community
I have part time jobs at 2 local stores. These stores employ people like me in the community. IKEA does not. Both of these stores pay salaries and taxes to improve my life and my community. IKEA does not. Local businesses as a group are by far the largest employers in the country.

Quality

While I’m ranting on IKEA – who wants to assemble furniture only to find a piece or two missing? Friends of mine have encountered that with just about every IKEA piece they have bought. And then, the materials are cheap! MDF, or Medium Density Fiberboard, is simply not intended to become an heirloom. Shelves eventually bow, screws strip out, and drawers drag. So, you have to go and buy a new furniture item of the same quality to replace it. For the cost, you could have had real wood that would last. It is intended to provide cheap furniture for people who move a lot or who don’t know what to look for in furniture.
That’s why I go to my local shops. At a real furniture store, I can see the actual pieces rather than a misleading photo. I can inspect the joints, check the drawer rollers, and select stains. The local shops deliver, and they have access to quality materials and fine livingroom furniture you can’t find anywhere else.

Environment
Local shops can purchase locally more than the “big box stores”. You are also more likely to find someone who will shop specifically for you at auctions and markets. This reduces shipping and transportation. In addition, local businesses usually utilize existing structures, rather than building entirely new structures on the outskirts of town. Not only does this save on the stress of the city’s infrastructure, it reduces sprawl.
Finally, when you shop at local stores, you can buy what you want to. You don’t have to settle for some designer’s idea of what you should buy.

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