A store began charging a $5 ‘just looking’ fee when the owners became fed up with people coming into the store and then leaving without purchasing anything. The store charging the browsing fee is called Celiac Supplies, a gluten-free grocery store in Brisbane, Australia.
According to the Blaze, the store owners stated, “its policy is aimed at dissuading competition and combating the loss of revenues that result from individuals who “use this store as a reference and then purchase goods elsewhere.” Could this $5 ‘just looking’ be the beginning of a new trend?
It is not the first time that stores have tried to charge a ‘just looking’ fee for entering or trying things on. Celiac Supplies claims that “This policy is in line with many other clothing, shoe and electronic stores who are also facing the same issue.” However the stores that had these policies did not go over too well with consumers.
The Daily Finance reported that American businesses suffer from the same struggles as well. Their strategy is not to charge the consumers a $5 ‘just looking’ fee, or whatever, but to stay competitive in the marketplace. “Instead of banning phones or trying to charge an entrance fee, they instead extended their price-matching policy to Amazon and other online retailers.”
What do you think of the $5 ‘just looking’ fee? Would you pay to enter the store? Let us know in the comments below.