Prices make ‘shop local’ difficult

How do Salmon Arm businesses thrive when companies from out of town offer lower rates and better pricing?

How do Salmon Arm businesses thrive when companies from out of town offer lower rates and better pricing?

We have just sold our home and are looking to get our carpets cleaned for the new property owners.

After calling many Salmon Arm carpet cleaning businesses, I was shocked to find that it is cheaper to have a company from Kelowna come to do the job – even accounting for travel time.

I am very surprised at this finding as I like to put my dollars back into our community, but given the opportunity to save large amounts of money (roughly $40 to 60) I don’t have to think twice to save a little.

It is unfortunate that there seems to be a lack in our local businesses’ competitiveness.

If the rates would have been comparable or even closer to the services I can render from Kelowna for cheaper, I would have chosen to stay within our local market and support our community.

Shannon Gallivan