A Grocery Store That Charges You to Look? Yes, It’s Happening
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 Reddit.com.
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?