Posted: 07/02/2015 at 09:14
The other thing a lot of people do is to go to a local shop to see what something looks like 'in the flesh', how it handles and to get advice on special features etc - and then go home and buy it for less on the internet. Electrical and other household items are particular targets for this.
I have been guilty of this in the past but, after a spate of local shop closures, I now try really hard not to do it unless there is such a huge difference in price that I think a shop is taking the p**s.
It really is true that, if we don't buy from our local shops (with their specialist knowledge and, often, excellent customer service), then we will lose them.
Having said that though - the best ones near me have a strong internet presence too and one of them said he makes far more from internet sales - but he likes having his small 'outdoor' shop with a loyal and regular clientele - good for him!