Pro's and Con's of buying from an independent retailer
We all need convenience at times and it's certainly a great benefit to many consumers, however, a one size fits all approach is not always best. It is great to be able to buy multiple items from the same place due to our fast paced lives and busy schedules, but we may be compromising not only on quality but also missing out on savings if we don't shop around.
Can we shop smarter whilst maintaining some degree of convenience?
Think about how you currently shop and use the list below to guide you along the way. Making small changes can make a huge difference so it's not about changing everything regarding your shopping habits. It is also important to look into the sustainability of the products, with independents not always coming out on top, so be objective when doing your research. If you are interested in looking into your spending from a sustainable fashion perspective, check out this blog post.
The Returns Process
Although never guaranteed, there is a high possibility that if you want to return an item to the original independent store you can with no question, so long as you keep the receipt for proof of purchase. For independent retailers offering this service can be the thing that separates them from the competition, as consumers like to know the goods are protected, this level of service is not always replicated with larger scale operations.
By researching individual businesses on their returns policies you can start to get a sense of the companies values. Some major online retailers make their values clear by putting profit above company reputation and customer service, by taking off the cost of postage from refunds allocated. Although this may lead to some customers being unhappy with the service, due to other cost savings consumers will continue to return if prices are significantly lower.
If you would like to know more about your consumer rights when returning good then check out this article.
If you want to try something new or have an occasion coming up that you want to stand out at, chances are that if you head to a major retailer someone at the event could be wearing the same outfit. I know there are a lot worse issues to have in the world, but if you can avoid this situation and feel extra confident in what you're wearing then what's the harm in trying something different, you may discover a whole new side to yourself.
Aligning your values
Whether you are environmentally conscious or really value trust, whatever your values maybe finding brands and businesses who support similar causes or are in some way aligned to your values means you become more invested in the business and their products. Of course businesses know this so try to capture your interest in a variety of ways, but as long as you stay focused on what you believe and invest your money into those with similar values the faster relationships and trust are built which can bring great fulfilment into your life.