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Traders ask shoppers to Buy Local
Traders' ask shoppers to "Buy Local"

In the growing culture of buying goods online, a local business is heading a campaign to increase sales in Bunbury shops.

Best of Bunbury owner Harry Oakley said he started his Buy Local campaign to help quality traders and boost the Bunbury economy.

‘‘Best of Bunbury tries to pinpoint and promote local businesses that work hard and provide good customer service,’’ he said.

‘‘I wanted to start a buy local campaign to get people buying local when possible.’’

For the past two months, Mr Oakley has been visiting Bunbury retrailers, asking them to join the campaign.

‘‘When they put up the Buy Local stickers, it gives them the recognition they deserve as local businesses,’’ he said.

Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industries chief executive Ray Philp said he supported the buy local message.

‘‘It’s something the chamber supports as well because of the measurable effects it has on the local community,’’ he said.

‘‘Buying local is something people have to take into account when choosing where to purchase goods.’’

Mr Oakley said that in buying goods online, consumers missed out on half the shopping experience.

‘‘There’s no customer service, which is very important within local businesses,’’ he said.

‘‘When you purchase goods from the internet, you’re not spending your money locally and you are not supporting local families.’’

Mr Oakley said Best of Bunbury had been promoting local businesses since April.

‘‘We do this by highlighting their online presence on websites like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube,’’ Mr Oakley said.

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