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Online shopping poses challenges for Wyoming businesses

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Shoppers across the nation spend billions of dollars during the holiday season, but the Wyoming Retail Association says local businesses are struggling to compete with online sales.

The Association’s Chris Brown says if an item isn’t available locally, it makes sense to order it. But he says online shopping is becoming a habit, even for things that are sold locally.

“The rural nature of Wyoming causes some folks to just naturally shift to online sales, versus stopping to think to go downtown and support their local community,” Brown said.

Brown urges shoppers to buy from Wyoming retailers whenever possible, because those businesses create jobs, and generate tax money that supports important services.

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