• Jessi Pinkert

How shopping online can benefit your local community

Online shopping is the way of the world... and that's okay! Watch this short episode of Qs From You where Amy answers your questions about online shopping and how it can benefit our local community.

Did you know you could still support our community while shopping online? How does it help Nacogdoches when you buy your products from online entities?

When you shop online, any place with a presence in Texas will remit the tax dollars to the city where your zip code is located. For example, when you place an online order to Wal-Mart to be picked up later, the sales tax stays in our community-- thus providing citizens with more local services.

This means if you need something at Best Buy, shopping online from their website will have a more positive impact on our community than if you were to go to another city and buy at a brick and mortar store.

So, what about Amazon? If you are trying to support local businesses through Amazon, you have a ton of options! Amazon fulfillment centers and marketplaces remit taxes to the communities where the zip codes are located. However, if you are looking for a specific item purchased through a third party, such as an out-of-state artisan, the taxes will not come to Nacogdoches.

Let's say you tried Nacogdoches, tried looking online, and you still can't find what you are looking for. We still love our neighboring counties and want to see them succeed! It is perfectly fine to shop in other communities. The goal of the Shop Nac First campaign is for our citizens to TRY and THINK about Nacogdoches businesses before looking elsewhere and think about how your decisions effect our community.

It doesn't get better than walking in to a local business where you know the owner. Many of our local shop owners work 7 days a week and work very hard to produce unique items that are affordable and appealing. Next time you need something that you cannot find in Nacogdoches, take the time to check online before driving to another community. Have your products shipped to your front door, keep the taxes local, and support your community!

Nacogdoches has launched a reboot of our citywide campaign, Shop Nac First, to raise the visibility and importance of buying local in our community. This campaign promotes local businesses and urge our residents to do their shopping and dining within Nacogdoches County. By shopping, dining, drinking, playing, and utilizing local services within our community, we can help Nacogdoches’ local businesses to remain unique, successful, and vibrant.

If you have a question about online shopping, chain stores, or other concerns about shopping locally, please submit them to us at! You can also submit stories about how shopping locally directly effects you.

Jessi Pinkert and is a recent graduate from the Hospitality Administration program at Stephen F. Austin State University, and is currently working towards her Master's degree in Mass Communication. Jessi works for the City of Nacogdoches as the Main Street/ Communications Department Assitant, where she helps plan events, record and edit the NacChat Podcast and department videos, and maintains local Channel 21. Jessi also works for Stephen F. Austin State University as a Graduate Assistant for Mass Communication.




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