One of the biggest consumer movements to gain traction in the Okanagan, besides online shopping, is buying from and supporting small, local businesses. This movement has become a sense of pride among many locals. It’s given them the power to keep their hard-earned dollars in the local economy while feeling good about supporting their fellow Vernonites.
When it comes to finding the best brands in home appliances, many homeowners are looking for a local retailer instead of running into a big box store. If you’ve always wondered what the difference is between the two, we’re here to help. Here are just a few of the reasons why buying local kitchen appliances is better than picking them up at a big box store.
The Big Box Store
Large selection of Canadian appliances in a large display area
Numerous kitchen display features with built-in appliances
More frequent sale pricing
Convenient locations and hours of operation
No in-house appliance repair staff
Lack of sales staff with the proper appliance training and knowledge
Inconvenient appliance delivery schedules
Oftentimes, the delivery and installation is of poor quality
Hard to reach someone over the phone to discuss the appliance after purchasing
The Local Vernon Appliances Store
The Good Stuff
In-house repairmen available
Floor team members are well trained and have a thorough knowledge of the inventory
In-house delivery staff and installation professionals
More likely to meet your delivery and installation requirements
Easy to reach and communicate with
Plenty of promotions and sales prices throughout the year
The Not-so-Good Stuff
The location can be a little less convenient than big box stores
The display area may be smaller
There may be less live kitchen displays
Some prices may seem higher, but the differences are typically really small
Buying Local Benefits
Besides the aforementioned pros of shopping at a local store versus a chain store, there are a few other reasons why shopping local is better. Some of these reasons include:
Improving the local economy – on average, nearly 70 percent of the money spent in a local store stays within the local community. In a chain store, that number dwindles down to nearly 40 percent.
Supporting a local family – Buying local appliances not only improves the economy, but it can improve the lives of people that live in the same community as you do.
Ensuring future access to appliances – By buying local, you can help ensure that the appliances you rely on (and the service that comes along with them) will be there the next time you need them.
A more personalized experience – when you shop at a locally owned and operated store, you’ll get better customer service since the owner will be more invested in getting to know the clientele personally.
If you’d like to join the shopping local movement, come and visit the appliance experts at Genier’s in Vernon. We are home to the largest showroom in the Interior. Our non-commissioned sales stuff can introduce you to some of the best brands available.