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legal or illegal to take pictures inside stores?

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Found 17th Sep 2013
Today I was told not to take pictures with my phone inside a store... never heard about that in the UK... is it true? thanks
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Suppose it could be against copyright on designs?! I used to work in a fashion shoe store and we would import styles from Spain and Italy and we used to get UK manufacturers coming in and taking photos of the shoes with cameras (before camera phones were around) They were asked not to when we noticed, but I'm not sure on their actual rights...just a bit of a bloomin' cheek!
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It is their property, you have to abide by their rules or leave.

It could also be to do with photographing people who do not want to be photographed or children
Stores will have the right to ask that photos are not taken.

For security reasons, you may be staking the place out for a robbery.
Why are you taking pictures instore
I take the odd pic with my phone ( usually of a product/price label so I can remember exactly what model, etc and check prices at other retailers when I get home, or sometimes to show to other family members, etc., if I think it's something they may like), but I feel it's something that you really shouldn't do so I try to be discreet. All the reasons in the other responses above are right and each retailer is quite within their rights to have their own rules. Also, it doesn't seem like very good manners either! oO
It is illegal, if you are taking pictures of any misprice they can get away with it.
Lou Scotland

I take the odd pic with my phone ( usually of a product/price label so I … I take the odd pic with my phone ( usually of a product/price label so I can remember exactly what model, etc and check prices at other retailers when I get home, or sometimes to show to other family members, etc., if I think it's something they may like), but I feel it's something that you really shouldn't do so I try to be discreet. All the reasons in the other responses above are right and each retailer is quite within their rights to have their own rules. Also, it doesn't seem like very good manners either! oO



exactly. i do this myself except i have a smart galaxy note so i can just write down the details on the phone.
My daughter urgently needed a party outfit for my little granddaughter for the following morning so I was dispatched to our local 24 hour Asda at 11pm one frosty evening. My daughter lives several miles away so I was trying to discreetly snap pics of the possibilities in the store and texting them to her. I was waiting for security to ask what on earth I was doing but nobody did although the staff clearly saw me....they must be used to manic middle aged women frantically snapping away like David Bailey!
i really wish i had a photographic memory then i wouldn't have to bother about writing down details or take photos.
mutley1

exactly. i do this myself except i have a smart galaxy note so i can … exactly. i do this myself except i have a smart galaxy note so i can just write down the details on the phone.



A good idea...my mobile is pretty archaeic so I think I do well to take a pic and even better if I manage to send it when necessary! I've been thinking for a while that I really should get a smartphone but goodness knows when I will get round to it if ever
It is not illegal to take photos in a shop but as it is private property they are within their rights to ask you to stop or ask you to leave if you refuse to stop.
Lou Scotland

A good idea...my mobile is pretty archaeic so I think I do well to take a … A good idea...my mobile is pretty archaeic so I think I do well to take a pic and even better if I manage to send it when necessary! I've been thinking for a while that I really should get a smartphone but goodness knows when I will get round to it if ever



i used to poo poo smart phones and only had my note for a year, but once you have used a smart phone, you will never want to go back to the non smart one.

only the note smart phone has the pen writing facility so you can use it like a note pad to write things down, which is really handy when shopping.
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iRuman

It is illegal, if you are taking pictures of any misprice they can get … It is illegal, if you are taking pictures of any misprice they can get away with it.



Eh? What does a misprice have to do with anything here?
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fawcett

Why are you taking pictures instore


it was in Superdrugs... I was just taking a picture of some stuff so I could remember the price and compare later in others shops. I didnt know I was doing something wrong. I replied that I had never heard about that... So what about people who took pictures instores and send them to HOTUKDEALS??
mutley1

i used to poo poo smart phones and only had my note for a year, but once … i used to poo poo smart phones and only had my note for a year, but once you have used a smart phone, you will never want to go back to the non smart one.only the note smart phone has the pen writing facility so you can use it like a note pad to write things down, which is really handy when shopping.


a picture is still better and faster, use your smart phone smarter.
There is an app now that pays you money for going into stores and taking pictures of stuff. its for iphone I think. called secret spy or summat. everybody's cottoned on to it so everybody is taking pictures in supermarkets now.
brilly

a picture is still better and faster, use your smart phone smarter.



of course, but some people object to you taking photos, which is what this post is all about. oO
This just gave me a flashback. When I was a teenager on a YTS scheme, we were dispatched into a town and charged with an assignment to study high street prices, or something like that. Four of us went into a supermarket, all with clipboards under our wings. We hadn't been in the store for more than roughly 5 mins when a shirt 'n' tie wheeled up and asked us (in quite a violent tone) who we were and what we thought we were doing. Quite innocently we explained our circumstance - to which we were told (again, quite angrily) that we had no right to be in the store, we hadn't obtained any permission to do a 'survey' and were then summarily ejected (escorted) from the store!

It's funny now but back then it was quite alarming. Thank god we weren't taking photo's!

If someone does ask why you are taking pictures just tell them you are taking pictures of how cluttered and messy the store is and will be emailing them to head office....I'm sure they would just leave you to it!
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I doubt they'd leave you to it. In fact you'd end up with a sore erse when it bounces off the kerb
mutley1

of course, but some people object to you taking photos, which is what … of course, but some people object to you taking photos, which is what this post is all about. oO


if you cant take a photo of what you need in 1s then you are doing it wrong
stores can ask you to leave for copying down details as well due to price fixing reasons
jamibris

it was in Superdrugs... I was just taking a picture of some stuff so I … it was in Superdrugs... I was just taking a picture of some stuff so I could remember the price and compare later in others shops. I didnt know I was doing something wrong. I replied that I had never heard about that... So what about people who took pictures instores and send them to HOTUKDEALS??



I take pics in stores to remind me of prices/product details or of books I want to add to my reading list. Never been challenged but if I was, I would just say I had a bad memory and was storing the product pic to post to family as present suggestions.
What about somebody taking a photo of a member of staff without that persons knowledge or consent? this has recently happened to me...
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