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If Only We Would Spend Our Money Locally

Op-ed by Rabbi Yehoshua Werde: I was recently speaking with a Crown Heights businessman and he told me how a promising deal with a fellow Jewish person fell through despite his bid being the lowest. Full Story

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Another Idea
January 13, 2022 2:47 pm

How about if the local vendors charged local customers less? That would also support our community by allowing the locals to have more money so that they can buy more from other local vendors.

Yessssss
Reply to  Another Idea
January 13, 2022 3:23 pm

At the end of the day people will shop wherever it’s cheaper

Yossi K
Reply to  Another Idea
January 13, 2022 4:21 pm

I reluctantly shop in Boro Park. I wish I could afford shopping locally.
On an average week I save 30-35% off my bill versus shopping at Empire Kosher.
When you have ONE person owning 75% of the food establishments in CH, they charge what they want.
It is very nice & commendable that he does A LOT of tzedakah. But this is being done on the backs of the people that can’t exactly afford it.

You have to understand the business
Reply to  Another Idea
January 14, 2022 8:21 am

You can’t expect the individual to conduct business in a way that is not profitable. I’m assuming that the place(s) outside of CH are done in a larger scale, which allow them to work with smaller margins.

Great messege
January 13, 2022 2:54 pm

On a similair note, I never understood why our local developers don’t purchase property in the neighborhood and keep the money local. In the past 10 years the amount of real estate being purchased by outside firms is staggering. It’s our neighborhood, why do we cede properties within our borders to outsiders?

Agree! Agree!
Reply to  Great messege
January 13, 2022 9:04 pm

Yes , THIS is the real issue!!

Evictions
Reply to  Great messege
January 14, 2022 3:09 pm

Probably because if they have to evict a tenant for not paying rent then the whole community would be up in arms. If they dare evict a ‘Jewish family’ from their home, they would be seen a pariah in the community. Not worth the hassle, money better spent where their property rights are respected, not in a place where their called to sacrifice their financial well-being for others .

Local
January 13, 2022 3:22 pm

Servicing your own community works both ways not just the people supporting the shops, businesses and schools , but the other way around s well. treat people with respect and give competitive pricing and the people will come

Agree with rabbi werde
January 13, 2022 4:01 pm

To those saying to make items cheaper, you are ones making stuff more expensive,by not buying from the business, weather from a local bussiness or a store so they have to make the price more to break even.

What came first the chicken or the egg?
Reply to  Agree with rabbi werde
January 13, 2022 5:47 pm

Everyone needs to look out for everyone. Once we start playing the blame game, everyone begins to only care for themselves.

Business or Tzedakah?
January 13, 2022 6:06 pm

If you’re talking about giving Tzedakah, you’re right, we should give money to those stores that are struggling as Tzedakah, but when you’re talking about business, it makes no sense to patronize businesses that charge you more so that you will need Tzedakah after giving them business.

2 things
January 13, 2022 7:04 pm

1 charge less, if other places can charge less you should do the effort
(And with time you have more and more costumers to compensate..)
2 dont let people from out of town to come to buy all the real state in ch so they come and take profit and also do all what they want (since its not they neighborhood) And I mean the building and residential business
How many developments are made for non jews or only high class leaving the majority of ch residents out?

People shop where it is cheaper.
January 13, 2022 7:51 pm

Food is less in Five towns than Crown Heights. Boro Park even less. This may not be due to price gouging just the cost of doing business in a what has become a high rent neighborhood. This applies to clothing and other items as well. That said how is the owner of a hardware store to compete with Home Depot. It’s not so simple. Crown Heights business would be better to focus on quality and service. If they can be the least expensive great, it’s just not that simple.

And the Businesses
January 13, 2022 8:30 pm

Are local businesses putting money back into the community or hiring outsiders and spending their profits elsewhere?

Lol
January 13, 2022 9:41 pm

Are you crazy to pay premium and then the stores pay more and then real estate goes up the lower people always suffer at the end let them not support the ones driving up prices

pricing and timing
January 13, 2022 10:28 pm

It would also help if stores were open earlier in the day. Aside for basic common courtesy and customer service.

Customer service
January 13, 2022 11:48 pm

Customer service and treating people nicely is the key

This doesn't work for medical care in CH
January 14, 2022 2:58 am

Just about everyone in CH tries to use local CH physicians and their medical staff.
But demand FAR exceeds supply in CH, unfortunately.
In fact, if more CH people would venture outside the confines of Crown Heights for their physician care, it would lessen the strain on our overworked CH medical practices, and the quality of care would naturally improve, for all, to better than mere triage for all.

We try
January 14, 2022 7:59 am

Me and my brother BH where blessed with a thriving bussiness, and we can thank God afford to keep our buying local and help our community, weather its buying take out from mendys or bouf and bun, or shopping from empire kosher to the marketplace, but I just wanna add 2 points. 1. If only the customer service was better in ch I have no doubt in my mind people would stay local that means I shouldn’t be on hold for 15 minutes trying to make a order, and I shouldn’t have to bag my own stuff at empire kosher… Read more »

Local business owner
January 14, 2022 9:36 am

As a local business owner I cannot begging to tell you how many people price shop with me for the lowest price, have zero loyalty or appreciation, and are only interested in the least expensive price regardless of any other factor. As a buyer of goods also, I understand the need to find the the lowest prices. However some people take this to an extreme and are not courteous or respectful of someone else’s time. And that makes it unpleasant to business with those people. Nobody wants to waste time working for someone, only to have them go find the… Read more »

tznius clothes
January 15, 2022 7:15 pm

Im an out of towner chabad girl and no matter how hard I try I cant shop for clothes in CH. I always end up in boro park. The clothing is tznius so even if frum stores can sometimes be pricey it’s worth it. I have nothing against CH but I’m not going to skim through every dress in the shunah just to find one half decent thing that’s ridiculously priced. The prices need to go down and the tznius needs to go up.

Chaim
January 15, 2022 8:30 pm

Congratulations to the Crown Heights Young Entrepreneurs, the organizers of the Chosen Business Conference. May the event be worthy (in terms of halacha, hashkafa and professionalism) to carry the communities name. Mei’chayil El choyil!

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