Originally Posted by DrZRM
While I agree that you risk losing your local shops if you shop on-line, do you really think that walking into a brick-and-mortar ship to try something on and then buying it on-line is the moral equivalent as returning something to a store that you did not buy there claiming you did?
I'd be interested in hearing an explanation of the difference.
If so, this community holds a very high moral bar, I must say.
Not the entire community, certainly. But a few of us do -- thankfully -- seem to be holdouts for higher standards of behavior.
To say that is the equivalent to using a public merchant to see if an item fits or suits your taste seems...overstated to say the least.
Again, I'd like to hear an explanation for this opinion.
Let's say that I log on to Amazon.com and buy a copy of a new book called The Cheapskate
by George Costanza. I know there's no way the book will arrive before my book club is scheduled to discuss it in two days, so I trot on down to a local mom'n'pop bookstore and buy a slightly more expensive copy of The Cheapskate
from them. I read it, mark it up with my highlighter, dog-ear the pages, and use it at the book club meeting. A week or so later, when my brand new copy arrives from Amazon, I take it to the local mom'n'pop bookstore, along with the receipt they
gave me for the copy they
sold me, and "return" Amazon's book to them as if it were their own.
The harm done here is that I've saved money at the bookstore's expense. The bookstore pays overhead to be there in my neighborhood. The bookstore was there when I needed it, and Amazon wasn't. Shouldn't I have the decency to pay the bookstore for that service instead of pocketing the difference in price and thinking myself a very clever fellow?
Originally Posted by Teger
Here's a question I've been wondering: is it ethical to go to a store merely to learn your sizing in a brand, when you have no intention to buy from said store, but rather to seek cheaper alternatives online ?
I vote no. If you want that store to be there for you in the future, pay them for the services they're providing you. At the very least, you should purchase the item you examined (assuming you like it, of course). Once you know your size in that particular brand (let's say it's a shoe), then I suppose your could buy more shoes of that same brand from an online discounter with a clear conscience. But don't complain too loudly when that brick & mortar shop disappears, as you will have had a hand in its demise.
I have a question for the OP: Just out of curiosity, what's the difference in price between the pair of shoes in the shop and the pair you bought online?