It's a trend I really hope doesn't catch on around here, it's being called "showrooming," when you go to a store, look around , then leave and buy somewhere else or online.  Obviously, the stores hate it, and now, a store in Australia has decided to do something about it.

A health food store in Brisbane, Australia has started charging a $5 fee for anyone who enters.  If you buy something, the $5 is deducted from your bill.  If you don't, they keep the money. They started charging the fee in February, but the news started circulating online yesterday, when someone took a picture of the sign announcing the policy, and posted it on

There is a sign on the door that says, "There has been a high volume of people who use this store as a reference and then purchase goods elsewhere, this store will be charging people a $5 fee per person for 'just looking.'"

There is no info on the effectiveness of this new policy, but what would you do?


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