Skip the net, buy lo­cally

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Ian Rooke Mar­garet River

There are lo­cals who think the ser­vice and prices of lo­cal busi­ness are not what they would pre­fer.

I or­dered a book on­line as a gift for my grand­son four weeks be­fore Christ­mas. It ar­rived on Jan­uary 4 — rather late for Christ­mas.

I in­quired at our lo­cal book­shop and was ad­vised that they could have had the book to me in less than two weeks and the rec­om­mended re­tail price was 25 per cent less than what I had paid on­line.

My other ex­pe­ri­ence was with our lo­cal toy store. I bought a bat­tery-op­er­ated toy to help my twoyear-old grand­child count. How­ever, the speech was too quiet and not clear.

Af­ter Christ­mas I re­turned it to the store and the owner did not hes­i­tate to al­low me to choose some other toy or to take a voucher.

I would have had no chance for that out­come if I had bought the toy on­line. The les­son for me is buy lo­cally rather than on­line. The out­come is likely to be much bet­ter.

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