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The shops that make us buy

Updated Friday 4th April 2014

What tricks of the trade do shops employ to make us dig deep into our pockets and spend our hard-earned cash?

This feature illustrates the money-spending effects of the following retail environments: Coffee shop, Supermarket, Clothing boutique, Car boot sale and Online shop.

What makes us spend?

Select from the images below to explore the ways in which shops make us part with our money.

How does the design of coffee shops shape our behaviour?
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 The Open University What features are used to distract us from our shopping lists?
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 The Open University Can a friendly and well-groomed service make us spend?
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 The Open University What is enticing about car boot sales?
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 The Open University Why do online shops makes us feel it's easy to spend?
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 The Open University
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