How does the Internet figure into your Buying Local commitment? The Internet offers everything imaginable at greatly discounted rates and everything is delivered to your door steps. Does your local small business offer online purchasing?
Consider Amazon and E-Bay, they have monopolized the e-commerce industry with vast assortments of products in every size, color and configuration possible and the prices can’t be beat. Those “Hard to Find” items are now at your fingertips (mouse pointer) and only a few clicks away. So why should we solicit our locally owned small business neighbors when the world is eagerly waiting in our monitors and cell phones?
Here are my opinions “Pro’s and Con’s” on Shopping Local vs. the Internet:
The Internet Pro’s
The Internet Con’s
Quality is Uncertain
Fraud is Rampant
Returns are a Hassle
Inventory Out of Stock
No Personal Assistance
Shopping Local Pro’s
Positive Impact on the Community
Supports your Neighbors
Quality Inspection prior to Purchase
Returns are Easy
No Shipping Fees
No Hidden Fees
75% of Jobs are Small Business
No National/International Politics
Questions Answered Immediately
Shopping Local Con’s
Drive to the Store
Possible Limited Selection
It’s easy to see why shopping with your local small business owner is more favorable, but it’s strange as how many shoppers prefer to take the risk of online purchases. Keep in mind before you pull out the plastic card and start clicking away, the few dollars you may save is dwarfed by the long term negatives affecting your community.
Another factor is the shop owner, he is invested in the business, so your dollar actually means something and he appreciates it, with the online purchase you are just a transaction number.
Joe Gass Heritage Printing & Graphics Charlotte, NC 2739 Interstate Street, Charlotte NC 28208 (704) 551-0700 2639 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008 (202) 609-9761 22725 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650 (301) 475-1700