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5 Reasons to Shop Local this Christmas

30th November 2016

Christmas is a time of giving and there is never a better time to give back to your local community than by shopping local and supporting small business.

Our busy lives often lead us to the convenience of ‘one stop shop’ retail chains or online stores to complete our holiday shopping, but with the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) predicting Aussies will spend more than $48.1 billion during the Christmas trading period, it would do us all well to consider not only what we should buy for our loved ones these holidays but where our money is going once it is spent.

Here are our top 5 reasons for you to shop within your local community this Christmas:

Contribute to your local economy
Did you know that for every $100 you spend at small businesses in Australia, about 73 of those dollars stay local? This compares to $43, should you spend the same amount of money at big chain and stockholder owned retailers. Small business owners also employ local people and in turn purchase products and services from other local independently owned businesses.

It’s better for the environment
Can you imagine how much paper and plastic packaging is flying around the world at any given moment due to the purchase of products from online and overseas retailers? Not to mention the carbon offsets from the fuel used to transport these products such great distances? By shopping locally, you are reducing your carbon footprint and creating habits that are sustainable to your local environment.

You get better customer service
Small business owners tend to care not just about making sales but about your overall shopping experience. As they are personally invested in the business and the community, they are committed to ensuring you are well looked after and your expectations are exceeded.

It feels good
By regularly shopping with small business, you are building a relationship that often extends beyond that of “just a customer”. These social interactions allow for a positive and personalised shopping experience.

You are giving to a family other than your own
It is probably safe to say that profits to local business owners are used to provide gifts for their family members and put Christmas lunch on a table, not unlike your own. You can rest assured that your hard earned money is, in turn, just as hard earned by small business owners and their staff who work hard to give you their best product and service.