Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

July 25, 2013

Shop locally whenever possible

VALDOSTA — It’s a truism that people like to do business with people who do business with them. A fairly simple and straightforward truism, but one that all too often is forgotten.

Discussions in the Rant and Raves recently have centered on the fact that there are some in this community who only come into local businesses with their hand out, usually requesting a donation for a cause or a group. But when it comes time to purchase items that store sells, these same people don’t come in with cash in their hands. They shop elsewhere. Doesn’t matter if they are going out of town or on-line. The point is they’re not keeping their money in the local economy.

The benefits of shopping locally far outweigh any perceived benefits of shopping out of town, as the dollars you spend here, stay here. They pay salaries, taxes, and keep individuals in business.

With the sales tax holiday swiftly approaching in two weeks, Aug. 9-10, the temptation to go to Atlanta or Macon to shop will be overwhelming for some. But it’s a great opportunity to show your local merchants how much you value their business. Clothing items less than $100 per item, including athletic gear, along with purchases of up to $1,000 on personal computers and accessories, create a terrific opportunity for the local community to support the local community.

What goes around comes around. So the next time you are out hunting for items for a silent auction, or a donation, or services from a local business, remember that if you don’t do business with them, they’re perfectly justified in turning you down, regardless of the merits of the solicitation.

People do business with people who do business with them.

It’s simple. Keep your dollars local and your community will benefit.

Text Only
What We Think
  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvania school stabbings: Why?

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 10:

    April 11, 2014

  • European bans on emails unlikely in America

    Several European countries are banning work emails to employees before and after normal working hours, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., in an effort to curb the perceived abuse of employees by corporations.

    April 11, 2014

  • Strength of character

    It was an unusual friendship — a tiny 8-year old girl with long blonde hair and the 6’10” Michigan State basketball player.

    April 10, 2014

  • Daly’s return a boost for Valdosta

    Flashy, colorful and always a hit with the fans for his long drives and humble demeanor, John Daly’s return to Kinderlou Forest and the South Georgia Classic is a boon for Valdosta.

    April 9, 2014

  • Too many pinwheels

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with numerous volunteers assisting the Child Advocacy Center in placing pinwheels on the lawn of the Valdosta City Hall. Each pinwheel represents one child that was a victim of abuse in 2013. Volunteers placed 887 pinwheels in remembrance.

    April 8, 2014

  • Take some kid time this week

    Spring break returns this week for many South Georgia schools. Both Valdosta and Lowndes County school systems are out through the week for the traditional spring break.

    April 6, 2014

Top News

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results