Local camera stores are on a steady decline. There is just less of them around and we as photographers need to take responsibility on this. We all run local businesses and try to be advocates against the large corporate chains that supply low quality work. So why is it that we as photographers are not supporting other local businesses like we should?
Reasons Why You Should Shop at a Local Camera Store
It Supports our Local Community
Local businesses employ our fellow citizens and often pay decent livable wages. When we support our community social problems decrease. Which of course, increases the standard of living in the community.
It Increases Our Bottom Line
The more money that is in our community the more our clients have to spend. This might seem weird, but local businesses spend a great deal more of their income in the community. When other businesses are successful they have larger budgets to spend on things like, you guessed it, photography.
Strong Businesses Breed Strong Business Communites
The great thing about local business communities is that they support each other. We all help each other out, donate our time to charity and promote our city.
Your Local Store Will Stand Behind You
Ever have a problem with a piece of gear? I know I have. How great is it when you have to ship a deffective item away and wait for a replacement. It sucks. The store I deal with backs their customers, and always does a great job. In return I promote them as much as I can. This is how business works.
Supports a Sustainable Environment
When we are shipping everything hundreds or even thousands of kilometers we are causing so much waste it is astounding. Now I'm not against commerce, and I understand this is what drives our economy to some extent, but if we continue at this rate there will not be much of this planet left in a 100 years (as we know it anyway).
Great economies need businesses of all sizes, they key is moderation. So next time when we are looking to save 5 - 10 percent on an item we could have bought locally we need to stop and think: What is it Really Costing Us?