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Why should I shop locally rather than at a big national chain? A dollar spent at a locally owned store is usually spent 6 to 15 times before it leaves the community. From $1.00, you create $5.00 to $14.00 in value within that community. Spend $1.00 at a national chain store, and 80% of it leaves town immediately. Source: Tim Mitchell, E-magazine. Think of it this way: when you buy a locally made product, your money is generally re-spent locally. For example, my business Tail Wags Helmet Covers directly supports numerous other local businesses including fabric suppliers, sewers, marketing firms, photographers, printing companies, bookkeepers and accountants. Contrast this scenario to the purchase of a product manufactured offshore. Although the retailer profits the other financial benefits are experienced overseas. In this economy, when unemployment rates are high, please look at product labels when choosing between 2 similar items. If given the option, please buy the locally made product. Our economy needs the help! North Americans need the jobs! Youth unemployment is at an all time high and young people are feeling despondent because of the lack of job opportunities. We can create more opportunities for everyone by spending our hard earned dollars locally.

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4 comments

  • I try to support the local merchants when possible. If often costs a little more, but it feels so much better!

    Wombat Central on
  • You’ve always been a great supporter. Thanks Kimberly for buying local!

    Karyn Climans on
  • Now there are certain things that you can’t just up and buy from a local store…but BUT it steams my arse when I look at where the product I need is made from somewhere overseas…the hell? Think of all the jobs we could have right here in Canada if we made those products here.
    It just baffles me.
    But the more I know, the more I’m shopping in local stores.

    Kimberly on
  • Those extra $‘s or cents you’re paying are coming back in spades in to the local economy. Definitely a good reason to feel pleased with yourself!

    Karyn Climans on

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