Our View: Shopping locally

Anyone with a television in their home was likely bombarded with Black Friday information.

Anyone with a television in their home was likely bombarded with Black Friday information.

Whether it was commercials announcing “amazing deals” on the day following the US Thanksgiving holiday, or news reports on the crazy shopping sprees, stampedes and altercations that occur across North America, Black Friday always seems to capture the consumer spotlight.

It’s really such a shame.

While everyone enjoys a deal now and then, Black Friday, much like Boxing Day, has become a symbol of greed.

And shoppers being pushed, shoved, and trampled in the rush to spend aren’t the only ones hurt by these kind of events.

As millions of Canadians headed across the border, local, community businesses were also dealt a financial blow.

Dollars spent across the line is money taken out of our communities. Local shops and services — be it a specialty store, restaurant, or others — lose a ton of business during these US “shopping frenzies.”

Supporting your local business is more than just a concept. It actually helps make the local economy, and therefore the community, stronger.

Of course all business is out to make a profit, but spending money locally is one small way to ensure your community continues to thrive.

Ask yourself, who sponsors your child’s sports team? It’s doubtful that a big box store in the US is the correct answer.

Who sponsors community events? Who makes donations to local charities and causes?

Local businesses help to support the community and the community should support them back. Think about that the next time you’re waiting at the border.

 

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