I wrote a lot before Christmas about buying Irish – the difficulties in buying Irish made products, and the potential alternatives of buying from Irish retailers rather than German or UK originating ones.
Having thought about this over the holidays, and having completed my Christmas shopping without going to Newry, I’d just like to declare – “I Buy Irish“.
Where I can, I will buy Irish products over imported ones, and where such options aren’t available, I’ll buy from Irish retailers rather than foreign ones.
I appreciate that at times that could have me paying a little over the odds for certain items, but I still shop smart and shop around to find the best value and quality within the bounds of my Irish purchasing.
There are two key reasons that I Buy Irish:
- I myself work for an Irish company – so I need other Irish people to buy Irish for us to do well. And with that, I therefore know how other employees of Irish companies depend on people buying Irish.
- My employers customers are primarily Irish – so in order for my company to do well, other Irish people need to buy Irish.
You could say that, ultimately, I Buy Irish out of self-interest. When I buy Irish goods and services, or from Irish stores and service providers then Irish businesses, employers and employees do well.
And when other Irish business people and employees do well, they’ll spend more with my own employers. And when my own employer does well, I’ll do well.