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Published September 17th 2020
Where you can buy from Aussie makers and businesses
There has never been a better time to support local Australian owned businesses and makers. You'll be able to do so from the comfort of your home from September 24 at the first all-Australian online marketplace: Buy Aussie Now.
Buy Aussie Now is open for business from September 24 (photo credit: Buy Aussie Now)
Buy Aussie Now initially started as an Instagram page earlier this year before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. A harsh consumer market ensued yet Buy Aussie Now has emerged to help support Australian businesses doing it tough. "My business, like many other Aussies, was hit badly in late March when the marketing sector pretty much came to a standstill," Founder and Managing Director Mitch Catlin confirms. "I turned to creating a community of other businesses who were stressed and anxious and I was just so overwhelmed with the number of Aussies who needed help and mateship during a tough time. Thousands of people were, and still are, worried for their livelihoods. This is how Buy Aussie Now was born."
A new online marketplace where you can buy from Aussie makers and businesses
Since mid-March, Buy Aussie Now grown into a web-based destination where Australians can buy Australian products. Australian businesses and makers can register their business on the website for free across a range of categories from home and living, toys and education, apparel and footwear, jewellery and accessories, to food and beverage, pets, skincare and beauty and gifts. More categories are scheduled to be added in the coming months.
Australian businesses listed on Buy Aussie Now are charged with a transaction fee up to 8% plus payment processing only when they make a sale. Australian not-for-profits and indigenous-owned businesses will not be charged.
Isaac's Snacks is one of Buy Aussie Now's newest vendors (photo credit: Buy Aussie Now)
One of Buy Aussie Now's listed businesses is Isaac's Snacks, a home-grown business that creates nutritious snacks for kids. Founder Laura Allan views Australian customers as unique as well as supportive. "They understand the importance of health and wellness and will always seek out the best products to support their health. They want value, not discount, and they love the connection with brands and their story."
Both businesses and shoppers can register now, ready for when Buy Aussie Now goes live on September 24. Visit the Buy Aussie Now website or Instagram page to learn more or to register.