Online shopping has been increasing every year. How many of you will do some or all of your shopping online this year?
There are definitely some great reasons to shop online including:
- It’s open whenever you want to shop and you don’t even have to get dressed.
- You can compare prices easily
- Most of the time you don’t have to pay any sales tax. Of course this point is moot if you live in Montana as we don’t have a sales tax anyway. FACTOID: Did you know that you are supposed to file and pay your state sales tax yourself if you don’t get charged online?
- You may be able to find items online that you would never find locally…especially if you live in a small town.
- You don’t have to be hassled with lots of people
- You don’t have to stand in line to checkout.
But there are some really good reasons to shop local that you may not even have thought of, and by local I mean your independently owned and operated small businesses.
Did you know?
- For every $100 spent in locally owned independent store, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.
- If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue. Imagine the positive impact if 3/4 of the employed population did that.*
- Independents offer things that most big box stores can’t….like individualized customer service, free gift wrapping and personalized service.
- Independents support local causes and volunteer in their communities. If you shop regularly at a local business, odds are better that they will help support your cause because they know you.
- Independent businesses help make a community unique and different, offering unusual product mixes and services.
- If you shop locally, you can have it NOW, no waiting for the delivery truck, no worrying if the product is even in stock, no delays for bad weather, no worries if the item will get there unbroken.
The next time you have a choice in buying local or buying online, think about supporting your local businesses instead. It will make your community a better place.
*Information from the 3/50 project. For more information, visit their website