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Prime Doesn’t Pay

s with most bad habits, Amazon is an incredibly easy way to get an endorphin rush.

That we all know that it kicks our local shops straight in the net profits, and that it allegedly doesn’t treat its workers as sweetly as its customers, well…

Amazon is an incredibly easy way to get an endorphin rush. And you don’t even have to get out of your jim-jams.

This Monday and Tuesday, it’s Amazon’s annual Prime Day, Jeff naturally going for a 2-for-1 by jumping from 24 hours of bargains to 48. Rather than fill that little virtual basket with cheap tat though, how wonderful would it be if we Greystonians spent those two days taking a stroll through all the local businesses instead?

Thankfully, there’s still plenty on offer down de town, with gift shops, eco havens, bookshops, jewellery specialists, chemists, florists, sports gear, flooring, fashion and beyond.

And let’s not forget all the cottage industries around here too, from our artists and crafters to those who fix our washing machines, laptops, leaky roofs and wayward hedges

Not only would you be helping a brother or sister – or otherout, but you’d actually be engaged in (gulp!) a little human interaction. Which, we hear, is all the rage in Paris this summer.

Taking the Prime BS by the horns is AnniePooh down on Hillside Road, who have been inspired by one of their suppliers, WUKA, and their #betterthanprime campaign, highlighting those businesses that treat their workers fairly, pay their taxes (unlike Amazon, who paid a big fat nothing on a €44bn turnover last year) and who support local suppliers. Ann does her part on all fronts, with over 40 independent Irish stockists in her groovy little shop, whilst not only the lady herself but Beth and Rachel too are always there to actually help with everything from choosing the right detergent to helping carry any large items to your hybrid. Oh, and Anniepooh are giving away 10 pairs of WUKA panties for Prime Day too!

Other Feck You, Jeff! goodies around the town include Brooke & Shoals holding a customer draw for a €120 hamper of their award-winning candles and diffusers, whilst Trish over at Halfway Up The Stairs is also celebrating Independent Bookshop Week with a draw for book-y prizes, with lucky dips for every age

At Pretty Woman, they’ll have 3-for-2 specials from their €20 rail and their €20 jewellery, whilst over the road, Isobel at Lorient Gift is going with 15% off all full-price jewellery for the two days. 

At Up To My Eyes on Theatre Lane, they’re offering a free brow tint and shape treatment with every dolly lash or last extensions with their inhouse sorceress Carla. You can book from Tuesday on 012872781.

Down by the station, Y & Co are running a discount of 10% on their 100% silk blouses and dresses – “Perfect for a night out with friends and family,” says Yvonne – whereas in Meridian Point, Nicali have a €100 voucher up for grabs with every purchase made on Monday and Tuesday.

Over at Lou & Belle kids and baby boutique on Theatre Lane, they’re marking Greystones Prime with 5% off all prepacked gift boxes right now. BLOOM!

Wooden toy specialists Dlulukaloo have a 10% (or more) discount for the two days on their rentals and purchases, plus free delivery on orders over €80. For those under €80, there’s a flat rate of €5. Noice.

And for those looking for some healthy living, Brod at Nature’s Gold has their own Organic Olive Oil – harvested by the Kearon clan from their own olive farm, and with a very low acidity rate of 0.3% – has two bottles for just €15.Which is basically 30% off the recommended price.

Over at QClean, they’re offering a 20% discount on the cleaning of all household furnishings – all you have to do is mention this Greystones Guide piece.

Nice. We’ve sent out a Save Our Shops call around the town, so, we should hopefully have more bargains before the two-day counter-celebration is done and dusted.

In the meantime, shop local, shop often. You know it makes cents.