Do you support local businesses?

money - economy
@polachicago (19073)
United States
May 21, 2008 6:58pm CST
My new plan is to support local businesses and products made in USA only. I can buy online and have delivery or travel to local businesses to make them stronger. With bad economy, we should help each other. Do you think that helping locals will bring your town up? Do you think that buying own products will bring economy up?
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
22 May 08
Hi polachicago! I do believe that it can really help lift the town's economy. Here in our country, we are all pushing to patronize our local products so that it can help the small business of the locals. If we patronize local goods, these small local business can pay taxes and in turn help the local government to push through with other projects for its constituents. Take Care and God Bless! Happy Mylotting!
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
22 May 08
This is the way to go...
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@AmbiePam (51159)
• United States
22 May 08
I have made a concentrated effort to buy more things made in America. I've also tried to buy more locally grown food. We have had so many recalls of foreign products, that that is an extra reason to buy nationally and locally. I do what I can afford to do, but helping our economy is on my mind when I shop.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
22 May 08
Yes, all recalls are scary... I am going to do my organic garden this weekend... When we buy local products, for sure it will help...
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
22 May 08
I do believe that that's the best to help the economy, buy and favour local products. That is what we do here, but our government is stupid and does the different thing. Rice is an example for that, they keep on promoting those imported one's which are obviously a lot expensive instead of purchasing our locally produces rice. I believe that people are wise, but sometimes poor governance only makes the country and it's people dumb. But I am not and I know there are others that are like me as well, we'll do our best to help our local producers to help them..
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
22 May 08
I couldn't agree with you more...
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
22 May 08
Yes...for most of my shopping I do shop locally. The only time I don't is when I have traveled to see my friend or sisters and that is included in the entertainment part of a weekend or day....but I believe you should support your local businesses.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
22 May 08
I like to walk, than take a bike, than drive.... Supporting locals helps with the budget...and gasoline....
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@minnie_98214 (10572)
• United States
22 May 08
I would but it seems that it costs more to do this and im living paycheck to paycheck as it is. Im gonna have to stick to buying the cheapest i can for now.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
22 May 08
I don't spend more. I save money on gasoline when I buy in local store. Also, when I have quality products, I don't need to buy too often. In general I am minimalist, I don't even like to go shopping and I don't buy much.
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@goldeneagle (6774)
• United States
22 May 08
I like to support the "little guy" whenever possible. I would much rather give my money to someone local than to someone in another state, and especially, someone in another country.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
22 May 08
It doesn't cost more plus saves money on gasoline... Also, the are better products and more durable.
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@Browisn (782)
• United States
22 May 08
Interesting concept and I do support local when I can afford to. The problem is when you see all cheap foreign products competing with our domestic and local items available and factor in the rising cost of fuel and food and transportation it becomes very dificult to pay the inflated cost associated with being supportive. Until, the government reestablishes tarrifs and restrictions on imports the sales of cheap foreign products will continue to increase.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
22 May 08
Yes, cheap foreign products....cheap and not durable. I don't buy them. I rather buy what I need on ebay or garage sale...
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@Browisn (782)
• United States
22 May 08
The problem is the products are so cheap (inexpensive) that they put the local or national producers out of business and then the prices start going up. That has already happened in America with most electronics products and most textile manufactures. Toyota and Nissan Automobiles are a good example of this. They came to America in the 70's with cheap fuel saving models selling for half the cost of our cars. Now they are outselling American vehicles and selling for the same or higher prices.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
22 May 08
You are right. I am proud when I find any product of USA...
@ellie333 (21018)
22 May 08
It would definately help the smaller businesses that are struggling against major super/hypermarkets and if people do in fact shop locally in individual shops they will find bargains. Recently I was looking for a new laundry basket in Tesco our supermarket it was £6.47, I managed to find one downtown for £1.47 so these large stores lull us into a false sense of security that they are cheaper. They are but only on some items. I also find buying locally you can get much better quality cuts of meat, fruit and veg as most is locally produced also. It keeps these family busineses from becoming yet another charity shop (don't get me wrong charity shops are good but not when every other shop is). It would help to bering the econmony of the local area so I suppose it would have a knock on effect elsewhere too. Ellie :D
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
23 May 08
I agree. I found that supermarkets have less quality products. I rather buy more durable and save in long run.... Also, if local businesses are doing well than my town will go up and my house market price will too....
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
22 May 08
of course it will surely do..thats one way only in helping the economy..and thats a good plan..
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
22 May 08
we have to help economy going, right?
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@laglen (19779)
• United States
22 May 08
I agree. I always try to support local businesses first!
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
22 May 08
that's great, thank you....
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
14 Jun 08
As you all my know I have been with a personal trainer and have been working out and all that healthy stuff... eating habits la la la... hence why I have not been on here for over 3 months. I was in Wal-Mart the other day purchasing some Wild Alaskan Salmon... and as a good student of my trainer I checked to see where it came from... Alaska right?.... ALASKAN Salmon.... nada. It was "Made in China". I was like how the h***???? So I checked another brand... same thing... checked the expensive brand... New Zealand... I have no idea. The other thing is Target. I don't know of ONE THING that is sold in there that is not made in China... India and China are the countries fueling this gasoline crisis and we are allowing this influx of crap into our countries. The other day I found a website.... http://www.madeinusa.org/ and I thought that was a great idea... stores should have "Made in the USA" sections or something similar that will help us to take care of our own economy. RIGHT NOW I am wearing a shirt of America in the American Flag... from Faded Glory... Made in Hondorus. Another...http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=9721354 IMPORTED. That's MY flag!!! Ugghhh. It is difficult but we should support LOCAL OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES that sell their wares. They may have to buy the Tees from overseas but the logo and the business (and the money) goes to them. It's a start. Thanks Zelo
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
14 Jun 08
Oh, no, Alaskan salmon made in China? I hate this outsourcing... I spoke with insurance agent the other day. She was in Jamaica (?) Don't we have enough people looking for job in USA?
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@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
15 Jun 08
As I have said so many times before... there are so many people looking for a job in the US and so many people that don't want to work. Zelo
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
24 May 08
Very patriot discussion though i am not american but working in company who supply garments to USA, but sure buying local product improve the economy Take care
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 May 08
helping locals will help everyone....
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
26 May 08
very true so keep it up, Regards
@borgborg (821)
• Philippines
23 May 08
yes. this will help. it is a big help to the economy if we will buy our own products. buying local products will increase its demand. and we know that the supplies must meet the demands. there will be an increase in employment to make sure that they produce more products. more employment means more taxes for the government. more taxes means more funds. more funds will lead to a better economy.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
23 May 08
You get this right, I couldn't agree with you more. This is how economy is working.
@borgborg (821)
• Philippines
24 May 08
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• India
22 May 08
BAsiclly I am an INDIAN,and if you think i can help you in any aspect,iam ready.And i do agree with you when the economy is bad then we should support each other
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
23 May 08
I have heard that people from India are very helpful, is it right?
• India
23 May 08
I cannot say about each and every individuals ,but truely speaking Indians are very much supportive to mankind.They go out of there way to help others
@Cannonball (3634)
• France
18 Jun 08
It's always good to make things more simple and it would avoid long and polluting transportations
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
18 Jun 08
yes, specially in France...with local winery and food, no need to buy anything from other countries...
• United States
16 Jun 08
I try to buy everything locally. It can be hard since most of the cheap stuff is made in other countries. But I am part of a local program, "Community Supported Agriculture" or CSA, so I know my food is local at least. I support a local coffee shop that is fairtrade, etc. I really try to keep it as local as possible.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
18 Jun 08
yes, most is made in other countries. I rather buy locally or not buy at all....
@adidas7878 (2013)
• United States
30 May 08
the best way to do is, go rummage sale, not only you help other people out, but you can help your self out, it would also save you a ton, i do that every summer stock up on stuff that i need. so in the winter time i shop less. plus owning a flee market, it also a good way to make a second income :)
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
30 May 08
nice idea...how can you own flea market shop?
• United States
28 May 08
I try to do this as well. Sadly, many of the local shops in my town don't make it (especially small book stores) but I do patronize them. I am done buying stuff made in China. I swear they are trying to poison us with all the tainted products!
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
28 May 08
I think we have to go back to quality not quantity...
@novataylor (6570)
• United States
26 May 08
I DO support local businesses, Pola, absolutely. I use a small local pharmacy for all my prescriptions, which are many. I live in an area with a lot of retail and restaurants and if I can buy something at one of the local places and get a decent price, then that's what I do. It's not feasible to buy everything in my own neighborhood, but I do all I can do. I think it's important. I'm trying to think, what else do I buy in my own little neighborhood? I use the two local bookstores. I buy my reading glasses at a local shop. I use the local dry cleaners. Like I said, I feel it's important and I do the best I can do, happily.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
26 May 08
Yes, it is very important to help locals.... I do any business locally, but also I buy made in USA products. We went to far with outsourcing.
• Philippines
26 May 08
Your idea is good and I buy local products as much as possible.Hope that my fellow countrymen would do that too.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
26 May 08
supporting locals we can help ourselves....