Here's a few idea as to why buying local is so valuable:
- Employment - Local businesses employ local people - your neighbors, your relatives, your friends, and you.
- Taxes - When you shop locally, your purchasing dollars contribute to local sales tax and support property, school, and payroll taxes.
- Quality - Local merchants care about their reputations. They want customers to be satisfied and will handle follow-up personally.
- Customer Service - Local merchants especially care about their customers and often get to know them personally.
- Selection - Remember that you help create demand in your community for the products and services that you desire. Most merchants are pleased to help you with your selection, offer suggestions, or place a special order on your behalf.
- Economic Development - Your local spending dollar re-circulates through the community. Send it out of town and it is gone forever. Tim Mitchell in Choices for Sustainable Living says: "The Good News -> A dollar spent at a locally owned store is usually spent 6 to 15 times before it leave the community. From $1, you create $5 to $14 in value within that community. The Bad News -> Spend $1 at a national chain store, and 80% of it leaves town immediately."
- Save Money and Time - Local merchants are only a phone call away and they compete locally, which makes it easier to comparison shop. Many local businesses have websites that make shopping as easy as with large, online retailers.
- Personal Service - When you need help deciding what to buy, local merchants gladly offer their advice and tell you about new products and services. Their expertise is at your disposal.
- Concern - You are more than a faceless voice on the phone or a number in a computer. Local merchants are glad to see you and say "hello."
Even if you are not a local company, supporting the local economy supports you!