In my opinion…

BUNYIP WORK EXPERIENCE STUDENT, EMMA KENT, SHARES HER SHOPPING TIPS AHEAD OF THE FESTIVE SEASON, AND URGES BUYERS TO LOOK LOCAL FIRST.
THE annual Credit Union Christmas Pageant was enjoyed by many over the weekend, beginning the countdown towards the festive season.
Unless you are a down-to-the-wire 24th of December shopper, the pageant is probably your reminder that Christmas is actually not that far away.
At a time when millions of dollars are spent and multiple presents are bought, it is important to buy smart.
What do I mean by buying smart?
I mean you should strive to buy your produce and products with the least impact on the environment, and the most benefit to the economy.
The perfect gift for your loved one might be a one-of-a-kind item only available online, through an overseas supplier
– in that case, it’s excusable not to buy locally.
But if that perfect product is available here in Adelaide, then I urge you to not buy it via the internet.
It may be tempting to avoid the chaos, the lines, the lack of etiquette and the stress that going to the shops ensures.
It may be tempting to do all your shopping in your pyjamas, or on your lunch break at work.
Believe me, I understand the appeal, but it is not benefiting anybody but you.
Imagine if someone walked into your work and asked you to share your expertise with them.
You passed on your wisdom and you spent some time building a relationship with them.
You made sure you gave them the utmost respect and provided them with all the necessary information, only for their parting words to be “thank you for your advice, I’m going to take all this information you gave me and give my money to someone
else.”
What a slap in the face.
This happens in retail all too often because there is a belief that everything is cheaper online.
While this may be mostly true, nothing online can substitute for the knowledge of a trained and helpful shop worker.
The risk of online shopping is that the item you buy online may not be the same as the one you looked at in the
shop.
You are also betting that it will arrive on time.
Maybe everything will work out as planned, but you still haven’t contributed to local businesses by buying online.
When it comes to produce, buy local and sustainable foods.
Keep SA great by contributing to our way of life.
Millions of dollars are spent at Christmas time – what better time to give something back to our state?
The spirit of Christmas is giving after all.

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