questionsare you guilty of showrooming (looking local and…

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Typically, no. If I am going to the trouble to go see it in person, I'll usually just go ahead and get it. It would have to be a substantial deal to pay for my time twice and wait for shipping.

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If I'm going to go to a store, it's usually because I need the said item quickly ... so no, I don't.

Case in point - my garbage disposer. I'm not going to wait a week just to save $12, what with the existing one leaking (rusted out) to the extent that I wouldn't be able to use the sink otherwise.

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Anything electronic, I tend not to care to see in person.

For other items, I will only go online if the retail markup makes the cost double or triple than online. If an iPod charger cord is $15 in the store, and I can get one online for $3, no way I'm buying that in the store - no matter where I looked at one. There are a few other items that aren't electronic that are severely marked up for no good reason other than that people are willing to pay it.

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I will showroom if I'm unfamiliar with an item that I've initially found on-line. I do like to be able to touch/see the item in person before making the commitment. If I find that I like the item and the prices are similiar, I will go ahead and buy it local though as I can have it now, have a convenient return outlet, if needed, and support local workers/businesses.

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Given the ever changing nature of clothes sizing, I have totally tried jeans on in the store and then bought them during the next "online only" sale later. (GAP, I'm looking at you.) The rest of the time, I think I'm more guilty of looking online and then buying offline.

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I skip the "looking at it locally" part and skip right to the buying online conclusion.

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@narfcake: In that case I am talking to the plumber with the checkbook out!

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@inkycatz: I am very picky with clothing and with the expection of t-shirts and sweatshirts I rarely buy online. Shoes are the same. I am on my feet at work and they better be comfortable.

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For some items I do. What kills me is when you find an item on a stores website that is cheaper than what you can pay for it in the store. Autozone has 25% off batteries (when did they get to $150??) with store pick up. BUT...you can't walk in the store and get the discount. This actually happened with my cubicle mate today...took him to drop his van...battery was $92 installed when ordered on internet...was $126 in the store.

Best buy is notorious for not showing the online price in the store. Have learned to always scan the code with my phone to check price online. Last year I wanted to purchase a laptop that was $89 cheaper on their own website. COULDN'T order it in store. Went outside, ordered on my phone, waited 10 minutes, and then I went inside and picked it up.

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@undrpsi: Interesting about the battery. I just had mine replaced. I am not sure if we checked online first or not.

I had the same problem with Bestbuy. I has not pleased when I found out that the $20 credit I had was instore only and the item I wanted was more than the credit cheaper at Bestbuy.com than it was to just go to get it. I made that purchase elsewhere and emailed them the information. It did not do any good but I felt better.

This happens with rental cars, too. My Mom rented a car and it was around $75 cheaper to reserve it online than to walk in. We had checked prices before going so I asked the clerk. He said he could not offer the same price so I ordered it using my phone while standing in the office. It showed up right away and we left with the same car at the cheaper price.

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I do the same thing for opposite reasons. I shop online, get a price, then shop B&M in the hopes of being able to buy it locally. I would rather support local business, but online prices are usually 25% or more lower.

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Electronics are almost always a yes because most of the local stores prices are inflated. For clothing and shoes, I usually go to the B&M store so that I can try them on.

I would highly recommend trying to bargain with stores (you'd be surprised how many will do this). For example, I went to a local outdoor store to buy some hiking shoes. The employees helped me out a lot and I felt like it would be an injustice to buy them online after all they did, however, the price difference was pretty significant ($40). I simply told them that I found the exact same pair online for $40 less and they said, "we can't match or beat that price, but we'll throw in a pair of those $20 socks for free." I was going to need to buy socks anyway, so I ended up buying at the store. Yeah, I could have saved $$ by buying online, but I value the help that the employees gave me. If the employees don't help at all or I feel mistreated, I will more than likely buy online after seeing it in the store.

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I've never heard of show-rooming until now. I'd say I'm pretty guilty of it. Bought a used go-kart online after looking at a new one in person.

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I once posted a deal here and I suggested going to the store. Try stuff on. Then come back and order it cheaper online. My whole family had gone to the store and then ordered what we liked online.

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Nope. That would require leaving the house and having to deal with annoying people.
Amazon reviews and youtube have served me well.

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Some stores have out one item and then say look online for other options. I think stores are just as guilty for pushing people online as people are for using them as a showroom.

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I do that sometimes, only if it is a significant discount. I am very willing to pay more to support local businesses, but if it is a chain retailer not in my town, I have less loyalty.

Interesting side note - I work for a manufacturer where we receive a substantial discount on what we make (home remodeling type industry). Our policy is very strict around who we are allowed to purchase for - basically just immediate family. A large reason for that is the show rooming that happens at our retailers where people go in, check out our products, even work with a sales guy but then have a friend buy it for them. So the company tries to limit that from happening to make the retailers happy - rightfully so.

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If I'm going to a locally owned store - I'm probably buying there. As for b&m national chains, I totally go in to check stuff out and use my barcode app to price check.

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I shop in the store then look online to get a better deal. Even if I find a better deal online I will still get impatient and go back to the store and make a purchase. It's all about instant gratification.

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Definitely, and (by some accounts) worse. July 4ish of last year, Sears had a sale that included vacuum cleaners. I browsed online for a few, then we went to the mall and saw the one we liked for a higher price. I bought online with in-store pickup later on that day, got it for the steeper online discount with no additional shipping charges, just tax.

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@undrpsi: Best Buy now matches their own online pricing. But they won't advertise the price in-store. So if you go in and mention the online price, you get it for that price without having to order it for pick-up.

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Pretty much do my book shopping this way. I prefer to browse in person, then usually snag from Amazon or some other ebook provider. My brain functions easier this way than browsing a website for books, I guess. Too much text?

I also may browse in a store I like less than an online merchant, so I get to choose where my money goes.

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Not usually. If I do, it's only at big box stores.

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Where I live the shopping options are basically limited to Wal-Mart, so there's really no place for me to "showroom". I suppose that's why most of my shopping is online.

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@gatzby: I like to pick out out books at the store or library. Online is overwhelming to just browse or you need a keyword to narrow it down. I rarely buy my books new. I trade online or borrow most of the books that are not already in the house.

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I don't do this for anything that I know that I need, but if I see something at Target, for example, that I might be tempted to impulse-buy, that's the kind of thing that I'm likely to write down the name and price-compare at home. I generally find that the reviews on amazon are more helpful in making purchase decisions than handling something in person - with the exception of clothing.