Costco purposefully designed their store without signs to force people to wander through all the aisles and find things to buy.
Piggly Wiggly revolutionized grocery shopping in 1916 by allowing customers to select their own items, “To have no store clerks gab and smirk while folks are standing around ten deep to get waited on.”
During her time as First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos was seen as a “symbol of excess” due of her expensive shopping sprees. On one occasion, she spent $2,000 on chewing gum at the San Francisco International Airport and, on another, she forced a plane to do a U-turn mid-air just because she forgot to buy cheese in Rome.
A man leaped from a 7th story balcony at a Chinese shopping mall after his girlfriend refused to stop shopping. He reportedly told her she had ‘more shoes than she could wear in a lifetime’ before jumping to his death.
A woman rolled up to a store during an iPhone launch with a plan to buy out the entire store stock of iPhones and post the phones on Ebay. She bought her way to the front of the line for $800 … only to be told later about the “one phone per customer” rule.
An American family tried to live a year without Chinese made goods in which they found it almost impossible. They wrote a book on it.
There’s a man who shops at Trader Joe’s in Seattle and buys things in bulk and then transports them up to Vancouver to his own store called “Pirate Joe’s” because there are no Trader Joe’s in Canada. He’s gotten banned at some Trader Joe’s and sometimes has to put on disguises to shop.
JCPenny would double the prices on items before putting them on sale , they would advertise the items as having large discounts and often the “sale” price was higher than the original price.
Researchers in Tokyo have developed a mirror that tweaks the viewer’s reflection in real-time to make it look like they’re smiling. The projected application for this tech is for use in shopping mall bathrooms, in hopes that happier shoppers will buy more.
A study showed the brain’s pain receptors activate when we see high prices, but using credit cards instead of cash effectively anesthetizes the pain of paying.