This Store Wants You To Pay Them A $5 Browsing Fee Just To Look Around

Apparently, some people like to go into stores to see how much things cost and then find them cheaper online. Who would do such a thing?!

1. This sign was found in front of a gluten-free grocery store in Brisbane, Australia. and posted to Reddit on Monday.

2. According to The Consumerist, the store is hoping to use a $5 browsing fee to discourage people from price-matching their products with the same ones online

3. In February, Best Buy announced a new policy to stop what they called “showrooming”:

Best Buy’s Low Price Guarantee hits online and in stores on March 3, signaling the end of “showrooming.” Best Buy will price match all local retail competitors and 19 major online competitors in all product categories and on nearly all in-stock products, whenever asked by a customer.

Best Buy is the only retailer to offer a Low Price Guarantee in addition to having a full range of the latest and greatest devices and services, a sales force dedicated to providing impartial and knowledgeable advice and full support for the life of the product.

4. This $5 browsing fee, though, also seems like a very worthwhile and easily enforceable new policy.

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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