If there’s one thing retailers know, it’s that the longer you spend shopping, the greater the chance is that you’ll buy something. To that end, retailers (both brick-and-mortar and online) employ an array of tricks to keep you shopping longer and make spending easier. The book ‘Why We Buy – The Science of Shopping’ by Paco Underhill is a fascinating look at the subject.
We’ve picked 20 ways retailers try to squeeze just a little more money out of you. Your best defence? Carrying a shopping list and sticking to it.
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Clearance racks are placed to trick you
Free shipping is an online store tactic
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Storing your credit card is a trick
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