One of the reasons why Amazon has been so successful is their ability to get so many people behind the products that they are selling. They have made it so easy to order exactly what you want off the internet that many people are choosing to go that route instead of going to their local store. I have to say that I do the same thing and I am aware of the impacts that this may have on the local economy. I would be very upset if I were a local business because I see so much of the business that I am looking to pick up go to a website like Amazon. Nevertheless, I think that there are a variety of things that you could do to make sure that all of the business stays in your city. It is not all about price and a lot that a local business can do is around the website design and their place in e-commerce.
When a consumer is looking at a website, they are looking to a service that will allow for them to select a variety of products for the right price point. A local business can get themselves in on the game by offering unique products and doing so in a way that makes it easy for people to buy the products. I am sure that there are a lot of people out there like me that are utilizing the online stores as a way to buy products because there is not enough time in the day to go to the individual stores locally. Of course, I would prefer to go to the local stores because I think that it is very important to support those businesses, but it is not always easy. If if was possible to not pay shipping and go through the local store, I would definitely do that. I am not sure if that is possible, but that is exactly what it is important to keep that sort of website development in mind for when you do want to launch an online store.
It would make it much easier to buy locally if all of the products available could be easily shipped to my house. There is a local book store called the Tattered Cover that does a really good job of this. Even though it is pretty close by, I have been able to do just about anything that I want with the website and that all comes down to the fax that they have been very attentive to what I am looking for was a customer. They have a great website design and that means that I am that much more willing to use their website to look for various books to buy. I may not have the time to go to the physical store, but their website makes it more likely for me to access that kind of content from my house. It works out well for me and the local business.