More people now want to shop local, and that’s a good thing! It allows you to support the local economy, the hardworking entrepreneurs in your own town, city or neighbourhood. Going to local shops is always a good idea. If you are still in doubt, we can hopefully convince you, because when it comes to baby shopping, there are three reasons why shopping locally (or in the web shop of a local entrepreneur!) is better.
1. Expertise, product knowledge and experience
If you’re expecting your first baby or if you’re looking for a baby (shower) gift, you may not know exactly what you need or what new parents may find useful. If you go to a local baby or children’s store, the shopkeeper will be able to help you. They know everything about the brands they sell, they can advise you on which baby carrier to buy and show you what the perfect gift for a new-born baby is. This expertise is priceless, and can be found close to home!
2. A personal approach
Especially for baby products, this is a big plus: a local shop is best if you need personal advice. From everything for your layette to finding a car seat that fits in your car: staff in your local baby store is best suited to help you in your personal situation. And, not unimportantly, they’re happy to take the time for you.
Want to try out a few different types of baby carriers? Need more information about swaddling or want to find the perfect furniture for your nursery? Your local shop owner will be happy to help you!
Also, you might discover something new you hadn’t thought about, and local shops may organise interesting events such as baby massage workshops or courses in nutrition for young children. There is a lot to be discovered in your own area!
3. After-sales service
This may not be the first thing you think of, but what do you do if you have a question about a product after you bought it? What about the after-sales customer service? An international web shop may have nothing more to offer than a simple FAQ page, while you can always visit a local store for help or advice, or to exchange a purchase. You can also call them for information, and some have a good social media presence as well.
Make sure you doublecheck before you buy something, to see what type of website you’re actually on, because it can be confusing at times. Even websites with a .be or a .nl at the end can still be part of a larger international chain. It is better to try and find a local web shop, if you really want to be sure of personal service!