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Why not charge a membership fee to "window shop" and refunds it as things are purchased?

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by on ‎03-30-2012 02:37 PM

I am only writing this because I care about stores.

It is a real plus for shoppers to window shop at your expense. I do not know how you can keep your doors open.

Why not charge a membership fee to "window shop" and refund it as things are purchased?


Maybe charge a $20 annual fee to come in-- like REI., and give people twice the fee back when they buy. There are lots of schemes for this. I went to REI and go a $10 discount, and had not bought for over a year. Will I be back there to buy? Yes.


Why not let customers shop online while IN the store, and give a 2% discount or something-- for the gasoline expense or whatever.


Why not provide some services at a reasonable expense, or live mini-classes on how to use APPS, or to be more efficient, or fixing wi-fii problems at home, or comparing cable TV providers- saving people time and money?


I do not go often to Best Buy because I feel treated like crap-- a second class citizen -- when waiting in the check-out line. Who wants to feel like a watched criminal? I guess I do not go shopping much anymore anyway because of this. (Now you have what you deserve, perhaps.)


I KEA sells FOOD. It is FUN to go there, usually.


I hope you survive, but as long as those creepy check-out lines are there, I probably will not be back.


Did any human read this? please reply.






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Thanks for the input
by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist
on ‎03-30-2012 04:32 PM
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Interesting concept. I have to say that I appreciate your attempt to help improve our business. I could personally never see us going to a membership style retailer, but I would be interested in hearing how others could expand on this idea.
on ‎03-31-2012 06:18 PM

How about instead of a forced membership style business you have an opt-in membership style business.


Gives maybe a decent (not amazing like door busters but like recent release type product) discount.  For people who want to pay into a membership style account.  All memberships stay within that one Best Buy, the money is applied to improvements around the store that members submit requests/recommendations for to make member request more frequently realized at each store (within reason).


That way we have a way of truly as shoppers/"members" we can take the necessary steps to improve our own store and truly keep it up with times.  Maybe have a "member'' parking space for during holidays and such.  Give them like a parking pass or what not.


Just a few ideas however COMPLETELY implementable.

by Senior Social Media Specialist Senior Social Media Specialist
on ‎03-25-2014 02:21 PM
Status changed to: Acknowledged
Thanks for the input
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