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Store Charges Customers $5 Fee for “Just Looking”

Posted by Ro · March 26, 2013 11:30 am

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Store Charges Customers $5 Fee for “Just Looking”

At first, I thought this was a really early April fools joke!

So basically a store in Australia is sick and tried of customers coming in their store without buying anything. So they want to charge customers a $5 fee… for “just looking”. The good news out this whole story is you’ll get your money back if you buy something. Check out the FULL SIGN here!

Thoughts? Would you pay $5 to go inside?

Thanks reddit for pic and Micah!

1 Misty March 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

No way! That’s insane! What if they don’t have what you’re looking for?

2 Lisa March 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

That’s ridiculous, i would avoid a store like that!

3 Lori berncich March 26, 2013 at 12:09 PM

No Way…they will be out of business in no time.

4 tina March 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

No way! This store is basically saying that they are unwilling to match or beat their competitor’s prices. Saying people are “unaware” that your prices are “almost the same” is really condescending. Almost does not equal the same or lower. I have read that some big box stores in the US are developing their own unique bar codes to prevent customers from comparing prices by scanning the bar codes.

5 Kathy March 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Unbelievable! Makes you wonder if they have an online presence? Do they charge people to “just look” on their web site?

6 anonymous March 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM

I think its a good idea. Having worked in retail for a long time, generally people who respond with “just looking” make the biggest mess.

7 Cindy March 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

They think they’re losing business now? That sign, I guarantee, will not boost their sales.

8 Lana Fink March 26, 2013 at 2:18 PM

How long will a store stay in business when people begin to avoid it and go elsewhere? I sure would not give them my business.

9 Aimee March 26, 2013 at 3:52 PM

There are lots of times I go into a store with no intention of purchasing anything. After browsing I may purchase something I didn’t know I wanted/needed. I wouldn’t pay to shop in that store. It should be their pleasure for doing business with me, not the other way around.

10 Gregg March 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Many years ago Visa credit card had an ad featuring a second hand store in Vegas and they were charging $10 just to come in because of all the people that went just to say they went into the store! I sure as heck didn’t go in because of that!

11 Laurel March 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Not a chance ! They are out of their mind. I would not want to feel the pressure of either buying something or losing $5. I would never step foot in their store.

12 Pam S March 26, 2013 at 7:36 PM

I think this is totally ridiculous. I would not even want to purchase anything in this store if I see a sign like this. I have a feeling they wont get much business this way, especially new business. I would need to look and see if they have things that would suit me, cant really just look in the window to do that. I would be curious to see how this store does finanacially with this sign in the window.

13 nevin reiss March 26, 2013 at 9:14 PM

A speciality food store in Brisbane, Australia is charging visitors a $5 AUD (roughly $5.25) in an effort to stop them from “showrooming.” Celiac Supplies, which describes itself as “Brisbane’s only glutenfree and wheatfree store,” became internet famous yesterday when a Redditor posted an image of a sign announcing the policy. The Australian Associated Press tracked down the store owner, who said that she was forced to put up the sign after spending “hours each week” giving advice to people only to see them leave and buy a similar product elsewhere. “I’m not here to dispense a charity service for [large supermarkets] to make more money.” Customers will apparently be refunded the $5 charge on making a purchase. Hmm..I somewhat see her point.

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