Buy Local’s mission is to support locally owned and operated, independent businesses in the greater Savannah area, to maintain our unique community character, provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs, build our community economic strength, and prevent the displacement of community-based businesses by national and global entities.
The proliferation of big-box stores in America is well-documented. Operating on the premise that price is the consuming consideration among buyers, they have often turned to offshore sourcing and lower product quality standards as the means to minimize sticker prices.
But savvy consumers have learned of the potential consequences:
• Decreased variety and selection;
• Durability issues;
• Poor service and support;
• Lack of product knowledge among chain store staff;
• Product safety issues;
• Impersonal customer service;
• “Help” centers that aren’t;
• Loss of the human touch.
Such issues account for the continuing demand for knowledgeable, enthusiastic, locally based product and service providers. In Savannah, a number of these have banded together under the banner of Buy Local to ensure that local consumers are aware that concern and competency are alive and well within Savannah’s locally owned enterprises.