Stores Begin Charging Fees To Try On Clothing Items

Some people go shopping and try on shoes or clothes to find the perfect fit. Instead of buying them in the store, they go home and buy them online at a better price. Some retailers in Australia are fed up. They're charging a "fitting fee," according to a newspaper there.

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And today's last word in business is fitting fees.

Some people are apparently going shopping, and trying on shoes or clothes to find the perfect fit. And then instead of buying them in the store, they go home and buy them online at a better price - and also avoid the sales tax. Retailers in Australia are fed up with this, and they're charging a fitting fee, according to a newspaper there.

One store charges $50 to try on ski boots. The fee is waived if customers buy the boots in the store. The head of one retailer says so many customers are trying on designer jeans and then buying them online that his sales have fallen by 25 percent.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.


And I'm Renee Montagne.

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