Originally Posted by theinfamousj
How about just plain" dishonest"? Unless you tell the salesperson that you already have decided to buy online, you are lying by omission.
So would every information asymmetry be a lie by omission when you go shopping? What I mean is, would it be equally dishonest when the salesperson doesn't disclose to you the store's wholesale price and their standard markup to allow you to negotiate on price properly? Or the fact that they know that they're charging more money than the store down the street?
I view this as "dishonesty" in the same way as players in a game of poker are dishonest; they're all acting on hidden information and the other players are trying to guess what that is while acting on their on hidden information for their own self interest. It's not so much dishonest as much as it is the very nature of the game.
Business owners aren't children; they' don't need to be coddled and protected by reinventing morality.