Amazon Worldwide Outage Could Be the Silver Lining That Small Businesses Need — More Reasons to Shop Local!

Megan Samuel- Fields, CEO | SamuelFields Consulting Group

Holiday shoppers and web developers worldwide were stalled on Tuesday when some of Amazon’s business services, including e-commerce, web hosting and Prime Video, went offline shortly after 10:30 a.m. EST.


Supply chains have been severely disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many department stores have run out of stocks for Christmas and cannot guarantee that packages will arrive on time. Amazon’s Web Services outage, and the impact on online shopping, provides even more reasons to shop local this Christmas.


“If you want to ensure that there’s something exciting under the tree for Christmas, why not patronize local businesses? At SFCG, we have put together a list of 20 𝙇𝙄𝙆𝙆𝙆𝙀 𝙂𝙄𝙁𝙏 𝙄𝘿𝙀𝘼𝙎. It features unique, innovative gifts handcrafted by local businesses,“ said Megan Samuel-Fields, CEO of SamuelFields Consulting (SFCG), owner of a small business for more than 12 years.


“When you buy local, the money stays local. It supports the community, pays employees, helps raise families and allows business owners to potentially expand their offerings. Small businesses offer local flair, creativity, color, community pride and uniqueness that you simply can’t find online. They need our support. The pandemic has been hard on everyone, but especially small businesses. Check out our website for 20 𝙇𝙄𝙆𝙆𝙆𝙀 𝙂𝙄𝙁𝙏 𝙄𝘿𝙀𝘼𝙎,” SamuelFields added.

5 Reasons Why You Should Shop Local for Christmas


1: No shipping is required and that can potentially save you time and money.

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3: Support a Local Family or Cause.

4: Discover Unique and one-of-a-kind gifts!

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  1. It will never be more economical to shop local once there’s better options online. It don’t matter how much shut down overseas business face the problem is the local country and that said country any individual is going to seek a more prudent economical option than the waste of expense this country provides
    Even if with alllll the new and old imposed taxes and tariffs
    It’s still by far cheaper and better value and better quality than local counterparts

    Ex. Honda Fit GD3, 2005 model. One coil plug here costs $150-$200xcd, car uses 4 hence $600-$800xcd for the required part
    $35usd($95xcd) purchases 4 as a set and even with weight and tariffs u still don’t reach $600-$800xcd

    there’re things which are cheaper here than online but that’s not a long list so in all honestly don’t lie to yourself. Prices here are outrageous as if they’re providing items to individuals who aren’t used to having nice things. Seriously still surprised how this article was green lighted, like did u really think about it?
    Only way these local places make sale is cuz whoever don’t have a way to buy online YET or the urgency of the item needed now. Other than that

    Nobody cares about shipping times. Packages always reach late for literally everyone cuz everyone uses the same airport shipping transit smh

    • The irony of it all also is that the same local people have to get the same things from overseas to sell locally.

    • not to mention the SHITTY/NON-EXISTENT CUSTOMER SERVICE! Imagine you are the customer and the business want to treat you like they are doing you a favor. Businesses will invest countless dollars in their edifice and products, but FAIL TO TRAIN THEIR PERSONNEL ON HOW TO INTERACT WITH CUSTOMERS. Exorbitant prices coupled with shitty customer service is enough reason to ditch local.

  2. You Hit the nail right on the head! i had to buy some coil recently myself I could not believe the price, they said to shop local but some of these stores prices are too high, the purpose of business is for a profit but being greedy is not the answer

  3. I endorse this article. If nothing else, the pandemic showed us how vulnerable our economy is. We depend on the tourist dollar but what happen when our borders have to close again. We have to support our own local business. It can’t always be about the price. We can help someone in the community who is trying to build their business and make a living so that the money can circulate in the economy.
    I will be making the effort to shop local.

  4. To me, no one size fits all. There are advantages to shopping locally to help the island’s economy, however, as many have already mentioned, the customer service on Antigua leaves a lot to be desired. Also, there are times when items you are looking for are in stock, but the staff can’t be even bothered to check what’s in their warehouse/stockroom.

    Whereas, the convenience of going online is undeniable with cost effective items where you can get up to a third off the recommended retail price. However, I hate increasing the profit margins of people like Jeff Bezos from Amazon.

  5. Yes, its nice to shop local. But its also nicer (variety) shopping online were you get coupons, discount, gift cards, point rewards, etc. At the end of your checkout its a lil cheaper than buying local.
    For me i am not worried when my shipment gets here; there is shipment/ freight options.

    Do whatever works best for you for the holiday season.

    P.S. local love rip you off too, cha!

  6. You should do the job you were paid almost ten years ago to do or return the documents. You don’t even return the client’s emails or phone messages. Why should anyone want to do business with you?

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