I am in favor of this by the way.
Would you pay to try on clothes in-store?
A handful of struggling Australian boutiques sure hopes so.
The Sydney Morning Herald writes that thanks to a 4.8 percent drop in clothing and footwear sales, retailers there have come up with a series of new tactics to encourage customers to buy off the rack and not online (for a presumably lower price)...including a fitting room fee, which is then refunded upon purchase.
And according to News.com.au, that fee could be as much as $50, the amount some ski shops are charging to try on boots.
Designer Clare Press explained why it's come to this, telling the Herald, ''As a designer with one store, we have become a destination so you have to work hard as customers are no longer going to walk past and buy a dress on a whim.''
The try-on-clothes-for-a-charge concept could ostensibly work in the customers' favor -- shorter dressing room lines, only having to browse the shelves along with serious shoppers...but we're not sure how, in the end, it'll help bring in that much more dough.