show-room

showroom

[shoh-room, -room]
noun
1.
a room used for the display of goods or merchandise.
verb (used without object)
2.
to come into a store to view merchandise and then purchase it from a competitor, usually online, as to get a lower price or wider selection: For shoes, I usually showroom at a couple of stores, then buy them cheaper online.
3.
to be used as a place to view rather than buy merchandise: No store wants to showroom for a website.
verb (used with object)
4.
to display (merchandise) in a showroom.
5.
to enter a store and view (merchandise) before purchasing it from a competitor, usually online.
6.
to use or encourage people to use (a store) as a place to view rather than buy merchandise: The online retailers are showrooming us out of business. We’re being showroomed by consumers who browse our stores without buying.

Origin:
1610–20; show + room

showrooming, noun
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showroom (ˈʃəʊˌruːm, -ˌrʊm)
 
n
a room in which goods, such as cars, are on display

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showroom
"room for displaying furniture for sale," 1616, from show (v.) + room.
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