AT on...Taking Photos in Stores

AT on...Taking Photos in Stores

Jul 2, 2008

A few weeks ago we were at a popular bedding store and a sales associate politely (but sternly) asked us to stop taking photos of a bedding display and to put our camera away. We told them we were just taking photos of the duvet to show our mother (we really were!), but she was still very adamant about their "no photography" policy. This is not the first time this has happened to us...

It mostly happens in your big box chain stores, but we've also (pretty recently) experienced it in independent boutiques. Although we do understand why they do this (insiders tell us it's because they don't want rival stores/chains stealing their display ideas), we feel like they could be a little lax on it. I mean, really... sometimes you just need to take a photo to remember it or show a friend/spouse/roommate/house cat and get advice/approval (a lot of these types of stores don't provide tear sheets or samples of fabrics). We feel like they probably lose sales over this. Anyway, it got us thinking... what do you think? Is this a good policy to have? What are some solutions?

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