OPINION: Local retailers deserve our support

Is the cheap bargain at the local hall really a good buy?
Is the cheap bargain at the local hall really a good buy? Warren Lynam

WE often see signs telling us that someone has come into town selling cut price merchandise.

The latest is at the Ipswich Showgrounds where a merchant is hawking lingerie.

Every time I see these "sale" banners I question why we should support their hit and run raids on local shopping dollars.

Can I suggest before you go along and grab what you believe is a bargain, think of this.

Local retailers have to pay rent on their premises 365 days a year, they don't just pay a hall fee for a week.

Local retailers spend the money they make back in Ipswich, they don't just put it in a bag and take it back to the Gold Coast or where-ever these mobile merchandisers come from.

Ipswich business also employ Ipswich residents who also spend their pay packets locally.

I am not against getting bargains when we can so we can stretch out our cash, but I am against these out of town retailers destroying the future of our local business community.

So think twice if you believe their great bargain prices are really that.

Isn't it worth it to pay just a few dollars more to a local and at least know if there is a problem you can walk back into their store a week later?

The same can be said when we look to save a few dollars when we buy online.

Topics:  bargain hunting, local businesses, my comment, open, retail

Judge: 'Ipswich is not the wild west'

Ipswich Police Station and Courthouse. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

Defendant threatened to shoot his partner and her family, court told

Sellout crowd at circus casts doubt over ban

Lennon's Circus lion tamer Mohammed Jratlou with lions Kiara and Kovu.

It was full house for the Saturday afternoon performance

Bali flight chaos: What you need to know today

Tourists are finding themselves caught in Bali, or unable to fly, after a volcanic ash cloud developed over the Indonesian island.

Jetstar was forced to cancel seven flights on Tuesday

Local Partners

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

Nick 'the snake' to call the shots on Survivor jury

Australian Survivor contestant Nick Iadanza.

LATEST evictee is out of the game but will still have a say.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.