Buying local keeps local money in the local economy.
Keeping your tax dollars in the local economy is the one way you can ensure that those same dollars stay within your community. This money is used for road infrastructure, maintenance of parks, upkeeping public recreation like the pool, et cetera.
Buying local vs buying online from websites like Amazon and eBay comes down to where the tax money is going, which is out of your municipal region.
"The majority of our business lines, it's not a big factor. The effects are definitely on our home centre side, on our hardware," said Drumheller Co-op General Manager Brent Walker. "There's a lot of things you can get today online, not just Amazon but everywhere online. A drill, this is something you can get shipped to your house, no problem."
Buying a drill and 20 meters of high end lumber are two completely different online shopping experiences.
"There still is a bricks and mortar that people want to come touch, feel and see the product," said Walker. "So I don't see it ever going away. Certainly they're just another competitor in the marketplace today."
When the mentioned affirmation of buying local comes to mind, it doesn't completely mean buy exclusively from mom and pop shops or stores like Co-op. Buying local could also mean the restaurants in the area. Even chain restaurants are owned or operated by locals whose taxes also go back into the local economy, which supports the community.
"The rest of our models, the petroleum and agriculture, they're not really set for being on an online space yet," Walker concluded. "The hardware side, definitely. I know we lose sales to Amazon everyday."