Give local businesses a chance before it's too late

Posted 3/11/18

Give local businesses a chance before it's too late

It's happening do you see it? Online shopping has become so commonplace no one seems to be thinking of the adverse results.

Local businesses, brick-and-mortar stores, are struggling and will …

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Give local businesses a chance before it's too late

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It's happening ... do you see it? Online shopping has become so commonplace no one seems to be thinking of the adverse results.

Local businesses, brick-and-mortar stores, are struggling and will ultimately close unless something changes. I am asking you to think about it.

Not only will you have a town with empty buildings, you will also have a town that will no longer receive the tax revenue that is currently being paid by these businesses. Police, city officials, firemen and the like will still have to be paid. Where do you think the money will have to come from? You, the taxpayer!

What you see as a good deal online will ultimately cost you in the future. I am not saying you should never shop online. What I am suggesting is that you think first. Can you buy it at a local business for almost the same price? Maybe just a few dollars more? Isn't it worth it to support your town?

The personal service you will receive by shopping locally will be another benefit. You can touch it, try it on, ask questions, see the actual color in person and support your town! Do you want to live in a vibrant, full and living town? Or do you want to live in a ghost town?

Online shopping has become a way of life, even buying groceries and ready-to-cook meals. I am not saying don't do it; I am saying shop local as much as possible. Take care of your local businesses, and they will take care of you.

The people that work at or own these businesses are your friends and neighbors. If this editorial changes one mind or creates food for thought, then it is worth it. Give your local businesses a chance.

RAY RIDGEWAY

Sumter