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Browsing Locally Then Buying Online

Radio Q&A: 13 May 2012, Question 4

I answered a question on browsing locally then buying online for Philosophy in Action Radio on 13 May 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.

Is it wrong to browse in a local store but then buy online? Suppose that you shop for an item in a brick-and-mortar store, taking advantage of the opportunity to browse and get recommendations from staff, but then make your purchases at a discounted online retailer – for example, browsing through a local bookstore but then buying from Amazon at a lower price. Is that wrong or unfair?

My Answer, In Brief: It's not wrong to buy online after browsing in a local store, provided that it's done honestly – just as it's not wrong to check out reviews online, but then buy in a local store. Be a self-interested consumer!

Tags: Business, Competition, Ethics, Honesty, Internet


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