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Why shopping local matters


November 30, 2010
By Amanda Ryder

Nov. 30, 2010 – The Retail Council of Canada has put together a release
detailing why shopping local matters. Here are reasons you can share
with your customer.

Nov. 30, 2010 – The Retail Council of Canada has put together a release
detailing why shopping local matters. Here are reasons you can share
with your customer:

Canadian retailers are a vital part of the economy of your town.

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More than 10 per cent of the workers in your community work in
retail, and their jobs depend on your purchases. Fewer sales mean fewer
hours of work available for your neighbours, including young people
looking for the work experience that provides them with valuable career
skills.

Canadian retailers are at the heart of your community.

Merchants of all sizes donate a significant portion of their revenues
to local non-profit groups, sports teams, cultural activities and other
important causes. Fewer sales mean less support for the people and
causes in our communities that need it the most.

Our taxes support public services.

Taxes are never a popular subject, but the fact is the taxes collected
and paid by retailers – both in the form of sales taxes and their own
corporate taxes – are a significant source of revenue for all levels of
governments, which use that revenue to help pay for health care,
education, road repairs, and a host of other services we all use every
day.

After-sales service and warranties are easier.

Some products may require installation or service once you bring it
home. Other products, like electronic items or appliances, come with a
warranty. In both cases, your local merchant is just around the corner
if anything happens to go wrong.

Returns are more convenient.

Wrong size? Wrong colour? Bought two of the same thing? A local
merchant can more likely handle any of these issues with ease, compared
to the time and effort it would take to bring the item back to an
out-of-country retailer.

Different countries have different standards.

While countries have made great strides in harmonizing standards, you
can't be completely sure you are getting exactly the same thing when
you buy products abroad. Buying at home from retailers you trust
ensures you get exactly what you expect and minimizes the chances of
buying defective or unsuitable products.


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