As mentioned on at least one previous occasion in this space, we are not big fans of Maine shopping sprees and online purchasing.
Particularly when the items lugged across the border or ordered from wherever are available in our own neighbourhood. If it’s not you get a pass.
So it should come as no surprise that a couple of shop local initiatives have caught our attention recently.
The first is the ‘Ten Per Cent Shift’ being advocated by CUPE Nova Scotia president Danny Cavanagh.
This campaign encourages consumers to ‘shift’ 10 per cent of their existing spending to local businesses, foods, vehicles and other products.
You don’t have to spend more, says Cavanagh. Just redirect what you currently spend.
He makes a good case too.
For instance, $100 worth of books bought online contributes no money into your community. That’s right. Zero. Spend the same amount at a national chain and $13 remains in the community. Buy at a locally-owned bookstore and $45 remains in the community.
Furthermore, if every adult in an area the size of Central Colchester shifted 10 per cent of their current spending to the local economy the impact would be in the millions of dollars.
Meanwhile, the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce has launched a Live Logo campaign, which also is touting the benefits of shopping local.
In an article which appears this week in our sister publication, the Colchester Weekly News, Chamber executive director Tim Tucker reminds us that ‘shopping local is beneficial to everyone involved.’
In other words, it will result in more business openings, more jobs and more donations to local charities and sports teams.
Tellingly, a survey conducted by the Chamber revealed that 20 to 30 per cent of area residents were buying a product or service not located in the local area.
And here’s one other point to consider when spending outside our community. Fewer businesses and jobs negatively impacts our tax base and the ability of local municipal governments to keep up with street paving and sidewalk improvements, limit tax hikes and so much more.
So shop where you like. It’s a free country. Just remember the bang you get for your buck is not always on the price tag.