SUPPORT LOCAL: Port Augusta people are being urged to shop locally this festive season.Locals are being encouraged shop locally this festive season to ensure they know exactly what they are buying.
Business Port Augusta chairperson Dave Versteeg said you cannot always be sure of what you are buying online.
“People have to be careful where you are shopping and what brand you are getting,” he said.
“You may buy a brand name but a lot of them are counterfeit, the box looks the same but they can be an imitation brand.”
Buying online can also cause problems with a product’s warranty.
“The item may be a genuine branded item but isn’t released in this country,” he said.
When online shopping, someone may be buying a product from out of Australia and bringing into the country and sometimes the Australian company will not warranty that item.
“If you buy local, you can take it back,” he said.
“If you buy something online and it might not be what you thought it was or it had the wrong description, how do you get it back?”
Many local businesses around Port Augusta supporting sporting clubs and therefore by shopping locally, is putting back into the community.
“We all pay rates, we all employ, if you buy online, who is going to employ your children,” he said.
Mr Versteeg also pointed out shops have a significant role to play by providing service to shoppers.
“The stores have to do the right thing as well, give level of service, have to be open and have a good selection of products, if you don’t have the product, they should be able to obtain it, in a reasonable time frame,” he said.
“If they can’t be bothered serving you or giving you advice, just don’t go there.”
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