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Shopping in Your Neck of the Woods

Eliana Sexton, Maroon Tribune Reporter

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Whether you live in a rural town or a bustling city, there are shops everywhere: locally or corporately owned. Local shops can range from a hardware store to a boutique to a stationary store. Although some of these shops may seem worthless when there are department stores, they hold value because they build relationships in the community and get the product directly to the person at a good price, and providing great customer service.

To state it simply, shopping locally is no mistake. It helps grow local economies/provide jobs, valuable customer service, and quality products.

The number of local shops there are in towns can either be very small or big. According to Forbes and the Small Business Administration, “there are more than 28.2 million businesses operating in the United States as of March 2014, with about 63% of new jobs being created from small businesses between 1993 and mid 2013.” Small businesses are growing and that is an undeniable fact. These small, specialized stores are helping the economy by creating new jobs for locals, thus keeping more money within specific geographical areas. Without that money or amount of jobs, there is a big loss and dire consequences; people don’t stay in that area, and it doesn’t thrive.

Along with a growing local economy, there’s the perk of valuable customer service. When going to a department store, unless one speaks to a specialist in their department, the most many employees can do is point them to the direction of the item they’re looking for. According to Sustainable Connections, unlike department stores, “local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.” Local businesses want their customers to return and feel welcome and informed about the product they’re buying.

Over the years, energy conservation has been a popular topic and believe it or not, buying locally could potentially help conserve energy and the environment. Independent We Stand which is powered by STIHL (German Company), says that “buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.” It’s important to recognize our environment although the main concern while shopping is to get the product and move on. There is a reaction from every action.

The push back on shopping locally is that it costs more money to shop local. It causes shoppers to have less money to spend on entertainment or other necessities. Forbes says that “after all, buying locally tends to be much more expensive. You also tend to have to visit more stores.” It is true that you may have to go to more than one store but, it’s worth the time for better customer service and quality products.

Forbes also suggests a solution to shopping local. They recommend that you buy necessities at a department store, and the money you have left over should be spent locally. I agree with this, however, I think shopping local is a good option for retail. In terms of buying clothing, shoes, etc you will get good quality products for a good price. Groceries and toiletries can be bought at a chain store. Shopping local can improve the economy and bring more jobs in locally. Shopping local is no mistake!

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=http://www.forbes.com/sites/nicoleleinbachreyhle/2014/09/02/why-you-need-to-support-small-businesses/&refURL=https://www.google.com/&referrer=https://www.google.com/

http://sustainableconnections.org/thinklocal/why

http://www.independentwestand.org/what-happens-when-you-shop-local/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/11/26/if-you-buy-local-youll-have-less-money-to-spend-locally/#1823a9813de6

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