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Retail refers to the sale of products from a fixed location such as a marketplace, a mall or a shop in small individual lots for direct consumption or purchase by the customer. It came from the French word retaillier which means sale in small quantities when it was first recorded as a noun.

Retail pricing come in two ways: cost-plus pricing which involves a markup amount to the retailers cost; and suggested retail pricing which involves charging the amount suggested by the manufacturer which is usually printed on the product.

Despite the lackluster wage growth, the household wealth of Australians continues to soar over the years, and Australians continue to shop for items that can make their homes more comfortable. There are numerous household items that can be bought from retail stores in Australia. Items include silverware, furniture, kitchen accessories and cookware, garden supplies, sporting goods, camping and outdoor equipment, and many more. Majority of these items are sold in department stores and small retail stores in every Australian city.

There are a number of government and nongovernment organisations that promote and support the retail industry and these include the Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA), National Association of Retail Grocers of Australia, National Retail Association, and the Australian Retailers Association. These organisations represent the specific interests of the retail industry to government.

Tips when buying home items in a retail store

Thoroughly check the quality of the item to make sure it does not have any defects. It is always best to ask yourself the right questions about the product. Does it have any damage? How is it different from other products? What is it made of? Where can I use it at home? Will it break easily?

There are a lot of salespeople who are knowledgeable about the product they sell. Before you go to the shop, do your homework and note down the list of things you need from the item you are looking for at the store.

Ask for the best price and negotiate with the salesperson. Be wary of refurbished items. There are some items with prices that are a little too attractive. However it may have been sent back to the manufacturer, spruced up and resold at a discounted price.

Check for the items warranty and read the stores return policy just in case you need to return the item. Most retail stores offer a grace period of a few days to a week for damaged items to be returned.

There really is no need for you to go for the extended warranty. These are not worth the money.

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