Jan 022014

In this week’s 6 Minute English – Showrooming and shopping transcript video:
Have you ever visited a shop to see and test a product but then gone and bought it cheaper online?
If so, you have been ‘showrooming’ – a new word to describe this activity.
Rob and Finn talk about why people do this and how it is affecting the shops in our town centres. They’ll also be explaining some of the vocabulary related to shopping.

Which country has the most people who shop online? Is it:
a) The United Kingdom
b) The USA
c) Korea


Showrooming and shopping

Vocabulary and definitions
break the bank: cost too much
on plastic: on a credit card
showrooming: an activity where customers visit shops to see and test products before going online to buy them
the high street: a typical street in the centre of a town or village, where everyday shops and businesses are located
a knock-down price: an extremely cheap price
retailer: person or shop selling things to the public
reassurance: (here) getting comfort and confidence from seeing something yourself
a bargain: a price that is lower than usual
shop around: go to several shops before deciding what to buy
product reviews: opinions and comments about what a product is like
browsing: looking at things in one or more shops without intending to buy anything
incentives: things that make people want to do something, because they know they will get a benefit
aftercare: support or advice offered to a customer after buying something

6 Minute English: Showrooming and shopping Transcript Video


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