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.