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Gone are the days when local sellers ruled the local market, but that doesn't mean that you can't bring them back. When you buy and sell local, you can still find the things that you need without having to deal with larger retailers and the ways that they drive up profits. There are a number of reasons that buying and selling locally makes more sense.
The definition for how to buy and sell local is simple. The products or services that are being exchanged are created and used in the same area. This allows the money from the exchanges to stay in the community and bolster the local economy. You know that the money you spend is going right back to the person that you bought the item from and when you sell, the buyer knows that you are getting the profits. It's a system that perpetuates itself.
You can find ways to buy and sell local by looking around your current home. Look for smaller shops and business that are locally owned. You will also want to look for manufacturers or growers that have plants or farms in the vicinity. You will know that local citizens are holding the jobs in those locations. There may be listings in your phone book as well as on the Internet. You can also do business locally by placing and answering classified ads.
Besides the financial gains there are also environmental advantages to this system. When you aren't buying products that need to be shipped from far reaches of the world, you are cutting down on the environmental impact these items have on the world. These items don't need to be shipped, flown, or sent to you. You will also not be driving as far to get to these stores and items, which allows you to use less gas and reduce overall emissions levels. When you use the classified ads, you're also eliminating the purchasing of new goods that need to be produced. You can reuse items again and again, without causing them to end up in landfills.
Yet another reason to buy and sell local is because it allows you to simplify your overall lifestyle. By going back to a more people centered economy instead of a corporation driven economy, you will be able to reduce the complexity of being a consumer. You don't have to run all over town to find a certain item and you don't have to stand in long lines with all of these other customers. You can go into a store, buy what you need, and then be done with your shopping. It's just a simpler version of what you've become used to.
This system also creates the opportunity for you to develop relationships with those that are doing the selling and the buying. When you're going to see the same people over and over, you can start to build friendships of trust with each other and that's something that larger retailers are missing. You create relationships in which both of you can feel like you're watching out for each other and helping each other.
In a buy and sell local system, you aren't just creating a healthy economy, saving the planet, or getting back to a simpler, more trusting lifestyle; you're allowing the process of buying and selling to be less focused on the money being exchanged and more focused on the actual idea of someone needing something and someone else being able to provide it. And that doesn't take high prices, long lines, or fancy advertising campaigns.
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