Thursday, July 4, 2013 12:43:42 PM
The big problem for retailers is that people come into stores (electronics especially) to physically compare phones, notebooks, laptops, etc., make their choice, then go online to a discount company that doesn't pay high retail store rent to buy it. We`ve lost a few local stores from that practice lately. A $5 looky-loo charge is still a bad business idea, tho.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:41:20 PM
Wasabi13: Ref my line 6. Amazon pay internet charges, electricity, servers, desktops, laptops etc. In fact all sorts of incidental charges! They all go onto the price you pay for your item. They just don't have to pay high street bills, rates and rents for retail shops at the mall. They may be cheaper, but you are still paying.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:17:16 AM
I hope the owner of the closest store that sells the same merchandise has a giant "No Charge To Browse" sign in his window. I guarantee the owner of this store is at least 50 years old. Hey grandpa, start your own website!
I will say one thing though, if you are taking the time to drive to a shop, pick out the product, try it on, put it back, drive back home and order it online to save a couple dollars, you have issues. Just buy the damn thing at the shop and be done with it.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 7:48:04 AM
"It's called browsing. Just like you do on the internet. You pay for the internet browsing. Rather than charge for `just looking`, accept it as `browsing` and add it to the cost of the items on sale. Just like they do on the internet. You will still pay for browsing that store, but you won`t cuss the shop owner for the privilege."
That`s rather a poor analogy. I pay for my car that drives me to the store, and the gas that powers my car. I pay for the computer that logs me onto the internet to go to Amazon, and the internet and electricity required to do so. I do not pay Amazon to look at their wares or browse their items.