We’ve heard a lot this year about recessions, people struggling to make ends meet and large corporations taking advantage of consumers. We all want to do something about this, to help one another recover from this difficult economy we are living in.
I think the best way to help one another is to do our holiday shopping on sites like Ebay and Etsy. We know that supporting large corporations is not helping the economy to recover. They put the money into the hands of their investors who likely will not put it back into the economy very quickly. The rich do not get rich by spending their money and if they do spend, they are more likely to support large businesses. The middle and lower classes however are those who need help the most. They are the bulk of sellers on sites like Ebay and Etsy.
Etsy is a fantastic resource for finding vintage and handmade goods. Vintage goods are usually of a higher quality than goods purchased today. They are also more unique and more appreciated by recipients. Handmade items usually have the same high quality that vintage items do. Everything I have purchased on Etsy has been of exceptional quality. I am always impressed by people’s ability to make something more lasting than a large company can (though why would the large company want you to have something that lasts). What else is fun about Etsy is that many items are customizable to your recipient. You can add monograms, messages and so much more to make it special for that person. Another fantastic thing about Etsy sellers is that many of them make their products with little to no impact on the environment. They are conscious and Eco-friendly. We cannot say this about large factories producing in bulk.
Ebay is a wonderful resource for finding items that are cheap, discontinued or even large lots of items that are able to be split among many people. You would be amazed to find that items can generally be purchased for less the price on Ebay than you would find at the store they are usually sold in. Ebayers are held to a high standard by Ebay. We are not allowed to take advantage of buyers and there are great protections in place for your purchases. Usually shipping is less than at a large company’s online store and many times it’s free. It is easier to shop because you can shop on your time eliminating lines you might have stood in and the extra gas you would have spent going out. Another wonderful thing about Ebay sellers is that many give their profits to charitable organizations so you can make a large impact just by shopping with them.
This holiday season I hope you join me in supporting each other. pledge to support local and independent sellers, artisans, designers and crafters. I believe that this is one step we can all take to improve our situation.
Please share you comments and ideas so we can better understand how this helps our nation in a big way.