Online sales ‘abuse’

Shop front retailers hurting, some closing, over loss of trade to internet

ONLINE sales are killing Wangaratta’s retail sector.

ONLINE sales are killing Wangaratta’s retail sector.

That’s the feeling from some local business owners who are fed up with customers abusing their shop fronts.

The NAB Online Retail Sales Index for the year to April 2013 shows online sales in Australia grew by 23 per cent, but was only equivalent to about six per cent of traditional retail spending.

Idyl Book Cafe and the Disclocation music store are local businesses that have already announced their closures because they cannot compete with the internet.

Disclocation owner, Tim Dickinson, told the Wangaratta Chronicle a major problem with online purchases was the perception that products will arrive faster.

“It’s come about because of the ease of downloading songs rather than waiting for the album to come out,” he said.

“The biggest impact has been the ability to download songs online and get them straight away.”

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