Don’t put money where your ‘mouse’ is

The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce urges people disconnect from online shopping and rethink their Shop Local strategy.

During Membership Appreciation Month in March, the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce staff and board of directors made a determined effort to engage in conversation with as many of their members as possible. Many local business people expressed frustration with the lack of support from local people. But, during these conversations, it soon became clear that the frustration wasn’t only about encouraging people to buy from local businesses. It wasn’t just about shopping in downtown Courtenay, Comox or Cumberland or at the local malls. It wasn’t even about avoiding the big box stores, because they employ plenty of people who, in turn, support the grassroots local businesses.

On the contrary, the resonating message from local businesses was about getting people disconnected from the Internet and more connected with community. It was about encouraging people to not just ‘shop’ in person but to ‘buy’ something…anything! It turns out that online shopping is a huge factor affecting the inevitable success — or failure — of many local business enterprises.

One business owner lamented how frustrating it is when customers use his store as a ‘fitting room’ to ensure they knew the perfect style and size for whatever it is that they are looking to  purchase, and then they go home to order the item from an online supplier. While the individual shopper may sometimes save a few dollars on the purchase, we have to ask the question: What is the actual ‘cost’ of these savings, in terms of the economic sustainability of our community?

The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce urges local people to make the ‘disconnection’ from online shopping and to rethink their Shop Local strategy. Face it: That’s the only way to help sustain the local economy.

Buy local. In person. Make a difference.

A message from the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce…taking care of business.

www.comoxvalleychamber.com. 250-334-3234.

Just Posted

Valley student’s passion project helping Cumberland forest

It took a little while for Frederica Blouin-Comeau to find her passion… Continue reading

Emailed bomb threat triggers heavy police presence at Comox Valley RV

Heavy police presence could be seen at Comox Valley RV on Ryan… Continue reading

Baby, it’s nasty outside: wind and rain will continue across Vancouver Island

Police warn drivers and pedestrians to use precaution during expected rain and winds

Help the Comox Valley RCMP ‘Cram the Cruiser’ with items for the food bank

RCMP will be onsite at the Real Canadian Superstore Saturday

Transit Rider Appreciation Day Friday in the Comox Valley

Transit riders in the Comox Valley are invited to enjoy some festive… Continue reading

UPDATE: B.C. businesses evacuated due to emailed bomb threat, also received in U.S.

Penticton and Comox Valley businesses evacuated Thursday morning

VIDEO: Kitten rescued from under school bus in Duncan

School staff have affectionately called kitten “Axle”

$12K awarded to atheist family who oppose Christmas, Hanukkah in B.C. classroom

Gary Mangel,May Yasue said holidays, Remembrance Day and Valentine’s Day not appropriate in preschool

Coach accused of sexual assault says apology letter was misinterpreted

Dave Brubaker has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of invitation to sexual touching

Give the gift of nature this holiday season

Please don’t be mad, but I bought you a moose

Aboriginal poet faces backlash for calling out NHL-themed totem poles

Rebecca Thomas says she received backlash for asking a drugstore chain to remove NHL merchandise

No plans yet for free WiFi on BC Transit buses

BC Transit says they are monitoring the roll-out of free WiFi on Translink vehicles

Some Kotex tampons recalled in Canada and U.S.

In some cases, tampon users sought medical attention “to remove tampon pieces left in the body.”

Sex-assault squad investigated eight incidents at Toronto all-boys’ school

The interim president of a Roman Catholic all-boys school rocked by student-on-student abuse allegations said the football program was cancelled for next year.

Most Read