Online shopping needs to be taxed, says shop owner
SHANE Davey was thankful to see Halloween come fast, as it saw customers flock to his store to pick out costumes.
The Capricorn Model House owner was happy to see the shop trading three times the amount they normally do.
Shane is hoping more locals will keep coming into the store to support local businesses, instead of hopping online.
"Online shopping was killing us," Shane said.
"Online tax has to be brought in line with retailers, it has to be even."
Shane said shopping in actual stores was an experience, with customers being able to look and touch the product before buying.
"Sometimes it's easier not to leave the house and hop on the computer (to shop), but we also have a lot of parents buying board games simply to get the kids off the internet," Shane said.
The family-run business has made a name for itself in Rockhampton for 28 years and Shane said that's one reason why they were still trading.
"We're lucky we've been going long enough that people know us," he said.
"There's some lovely shops in East St with people who care, they aren't national retailers.
"It's nice to serve people and see a smile on a face."
The Chamber of Commerce is holding a business summit next week in order to tackle the issues local businesses have, including the possibility of a buy local campaign.
Shane said he'd love to attend, but he needs to be at his business.
Chamber of Commerce president Peter Fraser is hoping to see a turnout of more than 50 people from local businesses and to have a discussion on the top issues affecting businesses.
The summit is being held on November 11 at 7am at the Dreamtime Cultural Centre. For more information head to capricorniachamber.com.au.