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ECONOMY: Gifts can support local small businesses

Letter by Richard N. Mercier, University Place on Nov. 9, 2011 at 11:20 am with 6 Comments »
November 9, 2011 11:20 am

Re: “Hard to find U.S. made products” (letter, 11-8).

I couldn’t agree more. However, although American-made products are hard to find, we can still support local small businesses. Almost everyone sells gift certificates. How about a gift card to your local coffee shop, restaurant or pub? For your friends or family who like the outdoors, maybe a round of golf, a gift card to the local marina, lift tickets at one of our local ski resorts or a summer pass to Enchanted Village. Contact a local farrier and have someone’s special horses shod.

For the homebodies: a gift card to the local nursery, yard care, mower tuneup at a local small engine shop, house-cleaning, child care services or carpet cleaning. Other ideas: a subscription to your local newspaper, computer classes or repair, tickets to a movie or local arts groups, or have someone’s car detailed.

How about a gift of having someone’s pet groomed or a gift certificate at the local feed store? Maybe something more personal, like a massage, hair or nail salon, or gym membership? Maybe Mom and Dad could use their house painted or some other work around the house.

There are many things we can give to our family and friends at Christmas while still supporting our neighbors and small businesses.

If my family is reading this, I could use my piano tuned!


Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Most books are printed in the USA.

    I also try to buy products from “right to work” states. I want to make sure my money pays for product, people and freedom. Not pay extra so unions can donate cash to political purposes and democrats.

    Shop in “right to work states” and buy non-union products and buy on line to avoid sales tax.

  2. fbergford says:

    what would also hel the local economy is to let that business owner mine the land in UP hahahahahaha

  3. igotdabombfool says:

    Nothing says I’m thinking of you like a gift card. Lazy.

  4. blakeshouse says:

    All of my holiday shopping, as well as as much as I can do for daily needs is being spent on line with retailer who aren’t collecting Wa. sales tax. I just made a trip to Oregon to purchase a new sofa. Not only did I save 300.00 on the exact same piece but this state didn’t get the sales tax on my 1250.00 purchase and I filled up all my gas cans in the same trip as well as purchased all the liquor I wanted much cheaper too. Now that Pierce county has upped it’s take on sales taxes I will be spending even less in that county than I already do. This is a real hardship too as several of my favorite eateries are in the county

  5. MadTaxpayer says:

    I agree with Blakeshouse. I just spent the weekend in Oregon. Spent over $5000.
    Saved the sales tax, liquor tax,and had a merry time partying. I walked away with $100 bucks after Hotel, food, fuel along with the cheaper prices!
    I feel I cannot give this state anymore of my hard earned money.
    This tax and spend has to stop or we will go broke!
    Hello Oregon and California!

  6. hellbntrn says:

    It’s about buying and giving American instead of trinkets made in China. GET IT NOW!

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