1 Retailer's Misguided Attempt to Make You Pay

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An Australian retailer is charging shoppers a $5 fee for "just looking." The $5 fee will be deducted when goods are purchased. The approach is one of the more creative attempts to combat showrooming -- the practice where a shopper visits a store to check out a product before going home to buy the product online. In this installment of MarketFoolery, our analysts discuss take stock in showrooming.

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  • Report this Comment On March 27, 2013, at 2:09 AM, GregPrice wrote:

    We seriously need to act at all levels (local, state, and Federal) to discourage e-commerce.

    Brick and mortar retailers are a vital source of economic activity and jobs for local economies. Every dollar spent on "e-trade" hurts the ability of local businesses to continue.

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