It’s good for your pocket
Some people find it difficult to get to supermarkets or other shops which tend to have the cheapest prices. They may also struggle with online shopping, they may not have a computer or might be put off by delivery costs. Joining forces means you can find more convenient ways to get what you need, and can share the costs.
Some groups order directly from suppliers, rather than buying in shops, cutting out the middleman. This can mean further savings.
Some things are more complicated than others to buy. Getting the best deal can be harder work in some cases than in others.. For example, when buying heating oil, prices change very frequently. The group coordinator can watch the market and buy at the right time. In renewable energy schemes, finding the right supplier takes some time and effort but by buying as a group, you have more skills and knowledge between you.
It’s good for the environment
Group buying can reduce the number of deliveries needed, particularly important for products such as heating oil, which requires large tankers. Buying from local suppliers can cut down on carbon footprints. Some groups are set up to provide local and organic produce.
It’s good for the community
Group buying can bring people together which may lead on to other activities that benefit communities. It can be a way for you to meet up with friends and make new friends with people you might otherwise not come across.
It’s good for learning new skills
Volunteering in a buying group can be a way of getting new skills and experience, and developing confidence. For example: being able to speak in front of a group, working in a team to solve problems and developing computer, business and marketing skills.