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Old 06-14-2015, 09:02 PM
 
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I get your point, but I also think that the vast majority of internet users do not view asking for an email address as a barrier.
Some how I doubt that.
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:46 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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Forcing a prospective customer to log in to their website with their email address or through Facebook or Twitter. Not going to happen.
I agree...if I have to create an account just to LOOK at an online retailer's website, forget it. Zulily does this too:

zulily | something special every day

So does Joss and Main:

https://www.jossandmain.com/
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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I get your point, but I also think that the vast majority of internet users do not view asking for an email address as a barrier.
I would never give my email to a website I'm just visiting for the first time, even if it is an established brand like Zulily or Joss & Main.

I already get enough marketing emails that I technically wouldn't consider spam every day. I always thought one of the main goals of e-commerce sites was to make it as easy for the customer as possible, guess not.
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Old 06-14-2015, 10:14 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I agree...if I have to create an account just to LOOK at an online retailer's website, forget it. Zulily does this too:

zulily | something special every day

So does Joss and Main:

https://www.jossandmain.com/
Yep, those two are quite popular... and there are many more, frequented by lots of people.
I don't bother with those either.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I agree...if I have to create an account just to LOOK at an online retailer's website, forget it. Zulily does this too:
If you meant you have to sign up just to look, I have to amend my earlier post to, sorry, nope.
Would you do that just in order to walk into a brick and mortar place?
Too many other places just a click away.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:16 PM
 
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I just skip such sites. Plenty out there to choice from; IMO.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:19 PM
 
Location: A tropical island
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I agree. Even though I have a couple of email addresses that I use just for shopping online or other sites that will likely inundate me me with junk emails, I still hate sites that require my email address just to LOOK at their site. I move on.

I am similarly confused by "membership" stores such as Sam's or Costco. I never understood why any retailer would want to hinder potential customers.
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Old 06-15-2015, 01:31 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I am similarly confused by "membership" stores such as Sam's or Costco. I never understood why any retailer would want to hinder potential customers.
Judging by how crowded they are, I am glad some people choose to not go there!
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Old 06-15-2015, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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I am similarly confused by "membership" stores such as Sam's or Costco. I never understood why any retailer would want to hinder potential customers.
The reason why they require a membership is because the profit margins are extremely small. I read that the highest markup on anything at Costco is only 15 percent.

We have a membership to BJ's, and although I personally don't do much shopping at the store, I typically buy gas there. It's always 5-10 cents cheaper per gallon than anywhere else.
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Old 06-20-2015, 07:01 AM
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Location: City Data Land
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Thanks folks for the advice but I've got more than enough email accounts that I use for various purposes that I can keep up with.

What struck me with the need to share this site with everyone is the just the ridiculousness of a retailer thinking that there products are soo cool so indispensable that I would give up all my personal information just to look at their wares. Either that or these folks have crap products and expect to make more on selling my email address. Either way, I can't be bothered with this business model.
I agree with you. I also dislike the way some stores hide the price of the item until right at the end when you are about to check out. That goes for brick and mortar stores too. If the price of the item isn't obvious, I rarely bother trying to purchase it. I'm not going to enter my cc info and address just to find out the price/shipping cost and possibly decide it's too expensive.
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