Even split between shopping online and buying locally

Parking meter costs were one reason some people shopped online

Parking meter costs were one reason some people shopped online

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The battle of bricks and mortar stores against online shopping was neck-and-neck in this week’s Gisborne Herald webpoll.

The poll question was: “do you shop locally whenever you can, or prefer shopping online, or out of town?”

Shopping online came in at 43 percent of votes, compared to the 42 percent, who said they preferred to shop locally.

Only 8 percent said they preferred to shop out of town while 7 percent of respondents said they did not live in Gisborne.

A total of 322 people voted.

“I shop locally if I can,” said one online reader.

“I also shop online but not before giving a local supplier the chance to match the product and price. Sadly they rarely can or are willing to.”

Another agreed, saying, “prefer locally but increasingly forced online even for local stuff.”

Another person who voted “online” said: “Ballance Street Village is booming and our preferred shopping venue.”

Others said it depended on what they were buying, as to what method they used.

“Large retail chains don’t stock half the products promoted on television.”

Other comments included parking meters cost money and take shoppers away from the town; there was poor promotion of the CBD; and online was quick and reasonably cheap.

“Keep the money in town,” said one local supporter while another one said they really missed the Caroline Eve shop.

One reader had very flexible shopping habits.

“I buy from whoever stocks whatever I need, wherever they are, and always buy at the best price.”

Another could not remember the last time they shopped in town.

“There is so little choice for clothing and what is there is very dull.”

One reader who shopped out of town did not feel bad for doing so.

“Lets face it, when you say shop locally you really mean the staff are local (as in reside here) and let’s face it, everything we buy is either from somewhere else or made from material from somewhere else.”

The battle of bricks and mortar stores against online shopping was neck-and-neck in this week’s Gisborne Herald webpoll.

The poll question was: “do you shop locally whenever you can, or prefer shopping online, or out of town?”

Shopping online came in at 43 percent of votes, compared to the 42 percent, who said they preferred to shop locally.

Only 8 percent said they preferred to shop out of town while 7 percent of respondents said they did not live in Gisborne.

A total of 322 people voted.

“I shop locally if I can,” said one online reader.

“I also shop online but not before giving a local supplier the chance to match the product and price. Sadly they rarely can or are willing to.”

Another agreed, saying, “prefer locally but increasingly forced online even for local stuff.”

Another person who voted “online” said: “Ballance Street Village is booming and our preferred shopping venue.”

Others said it depended on what they were buying, as to what method they used.

“Large retail chains don’t stock half the products promoted on television.”

Other comments included parking meters cost money and take shoppers away from the town; there was poor promotion of the CBD; and online was quick and reasonably cheap.

“Keep the money in town,” said one local supporter while another one said they really missed the Caroline Eve shop.

One reader had very flexible shopping habits.

“I buy from whoever stocks whatever I need, wherever they are, and always buy at the best price.”

Another could not remember the last time they shopped in town.

“There is so little choice for clothing and what is there is very dull.”

One reader who shopped out of town did not feel bad for doing so.

“Lets face it, when you say shop locally you really mean the staff are local (as in reside here) and let’s face it, everything we buy is either from somewhere else or made from material from somewhere else.”

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