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The psychoogical pricing section should mention the origin of the practice. It began as a method of ensuring that hired workers rang up every sale: if an item is (e.g.) $10, the customer hands over a $10 note and the shop assistant can simply pocket it. If, instead, it is $9.99, the customer still hands over $10 but the shop assistant has to open the cash register to make change, and thus is forced to ring up the sale. Tannin
- Done. - Patrick 09:39 31 May 2003 (UTC)
Phrasing of last sentence 
I had fixed up a somewhat sloppy sentence, but it was reverted. Thought I'd discuss it here. This is the sentence as it was, with the previous sentence included for context:
- Price discrimination can lead to a bargaining situation often called haggling. At stake is how the total surplus is divided into consumer and producer surplus, with for both parties the "threat" that there is no surplus at all because the sale is off.
Since what I changed it to before was unliked I changed it to somethign different, without removing any of the information. My goal was to remove the phrases 'at stake is...' and 'with for both parties the "threat"...'
- Price discrimination can lead to a bargaining situation often called haggling—an argument about how the total surplus will be divided into consumer and producer surplus. Neither party has a big advantage, because the threat of no sale exists, whence the surplus vanishes for both.
I think it is an odd formulation, they are not discussing consumer and producer surplus, although that is at stake (by the way, a term I newly introduced here, to improve on my and your formulation).--Patrick 09:20, 5 Aug 2004 (UTC)
Counter Service Shops 
Counter service is not rare at all. In big cities and in Western countries counter service is less common, but throughout the world it is very common indeed.
I have added a link to www.aboutretail.net. I hope this is OK - it is not spam as this site has no advertising nor any endorsements.
126.96.36.199 13:58, 18 January 2006 (UTC)Donna Byley
I'm trying to clean up a few things in this article. I wrote my PhD on retailing, and hope to make some of the distinctions here more in line with the scholarly literature. I apologize if I stepped on anybody's toes in my editing, I'm a Wikipedia novice. --Nicolo Machiavelli 11:52, 23 October 2006 (UTC)
Retail is a huge sector with low margin. However, the technology or the retail software is usually not (relatively). This is a very informative page growing to be conclusive, hopefully. However, to me, the article, conspicuously lacks the technology aspect of it. Retail software sector is huge and has great growth opportunity, especially in the developing countries. It would be great if someone can add a section for software (my personal interest) and technology, or atleast some links to it ~ Miles (23 April 2008, 3:37 PM CST) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 20:38, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
I found this following statement in the first paragraph of this article -
"Online retailing, also known as e-commerce is the latest form of non-shop retailing"
Bad definition? 
"Retailing consists of the sale of goods -- -- for direct consumption by the purchaser. "
How does this take into consideration the case in which one person purchases the goods and an other person consumes them. For example, if I (purchaser) buy a box of chocolate for my wife to consume. Or when a father pays for his son's snowboard.
As long as the product is not resold on a professional basis, the definition of "direct use" holds, in my mind.
- "... direct consumption by the purchaser" is too restrictive. Surely the criterion for retail sale/purchase is that there is no intention on the part of the buyer to resell the item purchased. --TraceyR (talk) 11:46, 25 August 2011 (UTC)