CFIB says it hurts small business
In a news release, the CFIB said a recent survey suggests 60 per cent of independent retailers have experienced showrooming, with a third of those saying it’s having a significant impact on their bottom line.
A separate poll of shoppers shows 55 per cent of consumers admit to the practice.
One in seven say they do it often, according to the survey CFIB conducted among a representative sample of Canadians who are members of the Angus Reid Forum.
It was conducted between Sept. 11 and 13 2019, among an online sample of 1,510. The poll carries a margin of error of 1.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
CFIB says hundreds of retailers related frustrating experiences with showrooming:
- One had a customer so bold that after spending time discussing a product, they ordered it online from a different retailer right there on the spot.
- A jeweler in Manitoba said a customer consulted her at length to choose the best design and materials for a custom bracelet but ordered it online.
- A paint store in Ontario has homeowners and builders who come in for colour advice, but take the paint sample to a big box store to get a match in a cheaper product.
The CFIB says despite merchants’ frustration with showrooming, independent retailers are deeply grateful and appreciative of their customers.
“While small retailers wish their customers might better understand the challenges they face and the contributions they make to their communities, the number one thing they wanted to say to their customers was ‘thank you’,”said Alward.
“With Black Friday and Cyber Monday kicking off the holiday shopping season, we encourage consumers to save themselves the crowds and clicks and visit their local, independent merchants. They’ll thank you and pay it forward.”