Skip the net, buy locally
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.