Cash Mobs are a great way to support small businesses when groups of people gather at a local merchant to spend money.
Cash Mobs occur when a large group of customers visits a designated local business at the same time to spend at least $10 to $20 each.
It’s a great way to socialize with new people while supporting local merchants.
Plus, Cash Mobs offer small businesses an opportunity to showcase their products or services to a new group of customers.
About Cash Mobs
The first Cash Mob was organized by blogger Chris Smith on August 5, 2011, in Buffalo, New York.
Chris wanted to help provide local businesses with new customers similar to group shopping networks like Groupon and LivingSocial, but he didn’t see the need for the merchant to offer a huge discount as an incentive.
Since then, Cash Mobs have sprung up around the world, and there’s even an International Cash Mob Day with worldwide coordinated shopping events.
How To Join Your Local Cash Mob
Many cities across the U.S. have active Cash Mobs that you can join.
Joining your local Cash Mob is a great way to support small merchants, plus you can make new friends, as Cash Mobs usually gather at a local pub or restaurant after shopping.
Wikipedia provides a List of Cash Mobs, but it is in no way a comprehensive directory.
Local Cash Mobs usually communicate via Facebook and Twitter, so you can perform a simple search on either of those social networks to find a Cash Mob near you.
If there isn’t a Cash Mob in your city already, you can even Start Your Own Cash Mob if you are a social organizer.
I recently discovered that a Cash Mob exists in my relatively small town, so it’s likely that there is a Cash Mob gathering near you.
Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite shopping events of the year, so I’m definitely looking forward to my first Cash Mob.
Participate in your local Cash Mob to help support small business owners.