Store charging you a $5 Fee if you don’t Buy Anything
Celiac Supplies, which thinks of itself as “Brisbane’s first & only gluten free grocery store,” seems desperate to go out of business. “As of the first of February,” reads a sign posted on the door, “this store will be charging people a $5 fee per person for ‘just looking.’ The $5 fee will be deducted when goods are purchased.”
I know what you’re thinking…’ So what if I come in looking for something specific and they don’t have it? Five bucks!
So why would they charge this ridiculous fee? The sign goes on to explain that the policy is meant to combat the practice of showrooming…”using a retailer to check out an item in person before buying it online.”
According to Daily Finance…”Target and Best Buy were likewise stung by shoppers who came in, tried out their products and then went home to buy on Amazon,” “But instead of banning phones or trying to charge an entrance fee, they instead extended their price-matching policy to Amazon and other online retailers.”
The thing that confuses me is… How is this allowable? Someone walks in, looks around, decides not to buy anything and starts to leave… They berate them until they pay? What if they hadn’t noticed the $5 fee sign and don’t have any money on them?