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Old Mar 27th 2013, 2:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Pollyana View Post
Back in my days working for Waterstones/Sherratt and Hughes we used to have regulars who would wander in once every few days to read the next chapter of various books we did end up with some dogeared write-offs, which the staff then got cheap but we also had a fantastic reputation for not hassling people and it often paid off as people would comment they felt comfortable browsing for the right titles and taking their time, as opposed to a couple of other local booksellers who weren't quite so tolerant.
If I win Lotto and profit is not necessary I will set up a book/music/curio shop in this tradition. A hub for people of like mind to gather.

It's about people and connections in the end ... Or it should be ...

I dunno, maybe I'm a dreamer, maybe I'm not the only one ...
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Old Mar 27th 2013, 3:12 pm
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I wonder how many women realize that many "high end" fashion magazines are already doing EXACTLY this...

Pages and pages and pages of what are essentially adverts for the must have signs of affluence and paying for the privilege of being sold these items....
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Old Mar 27th 2013, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by DeadVim View Post
She looks the picture of health too ...
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/quee...327-2gu2v.html
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Old Mar 27th 2013, 9:22 pm
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Originally Posted by asher View Post
Sounds like she should charge for advice not browsing! People browse so they know what you sell so that they know where to go if they need stuff. If you can't browse you don't buy.
If she had any sense she would make her advice into leaflets and charge a few dollars for them
Exactly. And when asked for advice she could say "I'm terribly sorry but I only work here" and then hand them the leaflet they need - either at a cost and with same money off coupon or as a freebie. Or even the cost could be paid for by a tiny rise in prices.

But maybe we are reading it wrong and Aussies will be happy enough to pay $5? They do seem willing to cough up for everything else
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Old Mar 28th 2013, 12:06 am
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Default Re: Charged for Browsing?!!!!

Originally Posted by DeadVim View Post
She looks the picture of health too ...
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/quee...327-2gu2v.html
The aussie description is apparently "face like a smashed crab"

Originally Posted by brissybee View Post
It must be said, this shop owner has received thousands of dollars worth of advertising... just a pity she has blown it by standing by her error.

She should have used the media coverage to back down on the $5 fee and to launch an informative web site and offer price matches to all comers.
Well, actually I'd have launched an online proposition; information + competitive prices. After all, the market for gluten free has to be pretty constrained, with only a certain number of people locally (many of which she will have pissed off). Trawl the australia-wide marketplace off the back of the publicity instead. Hell, you could probably make a brand off the back of being a sour-faced cow if you were careful about it (and the customers didn't have to deal with her in person).
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Default Re: Charged for Browsing?!!!!

Originally Posted by DeadVim View Post
If I win Lotto and profit is not necessary I will set up a book/music/curio shop in this tradition. A hub for people of like mind to gather.

It's about people and connections in the end ... Or it should be ...

I dunno, maybe I'm a dreamer, maybe I'm not the only one ...
I'm with you and not withstanding what I said: with the safety net of a lotto win I would have no qualms in setting up an antiquarian bookshop and running it in a very idle fashion....
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Old Mar 28th 2013, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by brissybee View Post
Why doesn't she put up a sign saying she will match or beat competitors prices (and take down the $5 charge sign.)

I would avoid any business that charged for browsing.
Exactly. Also, since she seems ticked off that she spends hours giving free advice, maybe she should advertise evening or weekend GF living seminars. She could hold them in the store, charge $5, and serve refreshments. One of the health food/organic food shops I used to shop at back in Canada did this all the time with great success. Then again, they seemed friendlier and genuinely big on customer service.

I wouldn't shop anywhere that charged me an entry fee just to walk in the door. Part of going to a specialty store is to see if they carry the brands you expect. I buy GF quite often and can tell you that not all companies are the same and quality varies widely. I wouldn't want to have to hand over my browsing fee to find out my Leda GF rum balls aren't routinely in stock.
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Originally Posted by DeadVim View Post
If I win Lotto and profit is not necessary I will set up a book/music/curio shop in this tradition. A hub for people of like mind to gather.

It's about people and connections in the end ... Or it should be ...

I dunno, maybe I'm a dreamer, maybe I'm not the only one ...
All you have to do is charge for coffee and home made cakes

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Old Mar 29th 2013, 4:19 am
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Wouldn't even consider entering her shop. How the hell can you have confidence in a "speciality" shop when the owner can't even spell what they are supposed to be specialising in? Only asking


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Old Mar 29th 2013, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by loz View Post
Wouldn't even consider entering her shop. How the hell can you have confidence in a "speciality" shop when the owner can't even spell what they are supposed to be specialising in? Only asking


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That did cross my mind when I read the original article!!!
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Originally Posted by Pollyana View Post
That did cross my mind when I read the original article!!!
How long have you lived in Queensland? Should the question of literacy every cross your mind?
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Old Mar 29th 2013, 4:51 pm
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Originally Posted by DeadVim View Post
How long have you lived in Queensland? Should the question of literacy every cross your mind?

I did spend a very long time with a highly intelligent college graduate colleague the other day, explaining why you look silly if you write a large notice above a desk saying "The top draw is only for pens and pencils"
I don't think she had even heard the word Drawer before, let alone known how to spell it!
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Old Mar 29th 2013, 5:21 pm
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Originally Posted by loz View Post
Wouldn't even consider entering her shop. How the hell can you have confidence in a "speciality" shop when the owner can't even spell what they are supposed to be specialising in?
It is spelt correctly, for American English at least. Makes no difference either way really.
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Old Mar 29th 2013, 6:12 pm
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Originally Posted by roaringmouse View Post
It is spelt correctly, for American English at least. Makes no difference either way really.
This isn't America though
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This isn't America though
Tell that to the Labor Party, or to Colorbond.
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