Shopping online is all about convenience and better prices, but sometimes you just need some hands-on time with a certain product before deciding to part with the cash. Retailers loathe the practice of "showrooming". After all, they have to pay for store real estate and the employees to run them, only to see the sale go somewhere else. Making matters worse, barcode scanner apps on smartphones make it extremely easy to find the best deal online, and aside from launching price-matching campaigns, there's not much retailers can do about it.

But what's one to do when there's money to be saved online. In this week's open forum we want to know: do you buy things online after checking them out at a physical retail store?  How do you feel about the practice?