Redditors have been commenting up a storm over a recent photograph posted by user BarettFox, showing a store in Australia’s new ‘just looking’ policy.
According to the sign posted, the store started charging customers a $5 ‘just looking’ fee in order to fight back against the woes of capitalism.
The sign reads:
As of the first of February, this store will be charging people a $5 fee per person for “just looking.”
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The $5 fee will be deducted when goods are purchased.
Why has this come about?
There has been high volume of people who use this store as a reference and then purchase goods elsewhere. These people are unaware our prices are almost the same as the other stores plus we have products simply not available anywhere else.
This policy is line with many other clothing, shoe and electronic stores who are also facing the same issue.
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Obviously, this tactic has customers seething that the store’s faulting them for troubles brought on by sites like Amazon.
"It has to be the most misguided strategy we've seen for dealing with showrooming," wrote Matt Brownell at Daily Finance to Yahoo! News. "The goal of any retailer should be to impress customers with competitive pricing and great customer service — not treat their customers with suspicion and hostility from the moment they walk in the door."
Redditors wholeheartedly agree that the tactic will surely run the store out of business.
“The fact that some small business owners are [expletive] is not a legitimate reason to support an oligarchical [sic] market environment… I think it is important to remember that a diversified supply chain is crucial to the vitality of the free market. We’re stuck with capitalism, so we might as well play by the rules,” wrote Redditor voiceofverse.
"This store seems desperate to go out of business," another one wrote.