This afternoon I received a package I ordered a few days ago. I had stumbled across the company on instagram and realised they were selling a product I was about to buy off Amazon. Amazon is convenient and mostly reliable but the product was the same price from both places, so I opted for the small business. Here’s why I am glad I did!
Pretty much every small business I have discovered from Instagram or TikTok, has infinitely better packaging than any large established store. They use stickers and print thank you cards, making the unboxing experience more intimate and special. Open Palm, the business I ordered from, also use only recyclable and biodegradable packaging.
The reason why small business owners pour so much effort into packaging and the whole customer experience is because they appreciate your support. It is insanely difficult to start your own business and sometimes no matter how much work you put into it, you can’t get it off the ground. For this reason, small businesses want their customers to feel appreciated. I received the loveliest message, saying I had made her week with my order and support. I don’t think Amazon will miss my business so I am more than happy to distribute it elsewhere.
Most small businesses are run solely by one person or a couple of people. What you see is what you get. Behind the scenes there aren’t underpaid workers or unethical business practices hiding, like there often turns out to be in relation to large corporations. Not to mention, most small businesses are increasingly open about their practice. They can you tell exactly where their stock and packaging is sourced. You can feel good about your purchases, knowing that you have contributed to a business that has the same morals as you.
My favourite part about supporting a small business is receiving a unique product. Open Palms bamboo pads and mitts are handmade. The owner sews all the products herself, so I know that what I am receiving is quality and one of a kind. I also noticed there is a far greater attention to detail with handmade products, these pads have little fabric hooks sewed onto them so they can easily be hung up to dry.
Overall, it is such a rewarding feeling to know that your order has helped made a difference in someone’s life. Every order matters to a small business. So next time you’re planning to do some shopping, shop around first and see if a small business is offering the product you’re looking for. Your order could make their whole week too!
If you’re interested in checking out the business I shopped, you can find them on instagram @open_palm_
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