In the last while, I wrote a couple of posts about Buying Irish manufactured goods and how it’s importance and high profile during the difficult period the 1980’s doesn’t seem to be repeated these days. It was always highlighted that by Buying Irish in the 1980’s, we’d safeguard Irish jobs – obviously something we need again these days.
But it’s hard to Buy Irish these days. This is probably understandable given the way Ireland has moved from a manufacturing to a “knowledge” and services based economy. As one reader pointed out in an e-mail, “it’s impossible these days to find many Irish made products in most shops”. This is definitely the case – as I pointed out previously, a recent shopping outing in Dunnes Stores lead to about 1/3rd being Irish produce with the majority being fresh food produce.
So what can we do if we can’t buy Irish manufactured products? Well, we could buy from Irish service providers and retailers when there’s a choice available.
- Grocery Shopping – Buy from Dunnes Stores* or Superquinn instead of Tesco, Aldi or Lidl.
- Books – Buy from Hughes & Hughes or Easons instead of Waterstones or Hoggis Figgis.
- Music & DVDs – Buy from Golden Discs rather than HMV.
- Insurance – Use FBD or Quinn Direct instead of Axa or Hibernian.
- Department Store shopping – Visit Clearys or Arnotts rather than Debenhams or Marks & Spencers.
- Mobile Phones – Use Meteor instead of Vodafone, O2, Three or Tesco Mobile.
- Fast Food – Visit fast food at Supermacs instead of Burger King or McDonalds or KFC.
- Coffee and sandwiches – Visit Insomnia or Cafe Sol instead of Starbucks.
- Phones and MP3 players – Shop at the 3G Store instead of the Carphone Warehouse.
- Kids Toys – Shop at Smyths Toys or Byrnes World of Wonder rather than from Argos.
- Sports goods – Buy from Elverys, Lifestyle or Champion Sports instead of JJB Sports or Footlocker.
- Electronics / electrical items – Shop at Power City or DID instead of PC World or Dixons / Currys.
- DIY Products – Shop in Woodies or Atlantic Homecare instead of at B&Q or Homebase.
- Pharmacy / toiletry items – Shop in Unicare or Sam McCauley rather than from Boots.
- Video games – Shop in Smyths Toys or Byrnes World of Wonder rather than Game or HMV.
Of course, it might be even better for us if we buy from our locally owned retailers in our own areas. I guess there’s loads more situations where we could chose to buy our items from an Irish retailer rather than a foreign one. What have I missed? Is there any reason why we wouldn’t do this?
* Post originally conceived prior to rumours of Dunnes Stores being purchased by Asda / Walmart.