I'm looking for a colloquialism for:

shop around a bit before you make your decision

  • Some people seem to need even more obvious advice: Don't buy a pig in a poke. Feb 21, 2015 at 10:09

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I think I'd just say shop around (never mind the "a bit before you make your decision"). And so would Smokey Robinson's mama.


"Buyer Beware" -Caveat emptor /ˌkævɛɑːt ˈɛmptɔr/ -Latin

The phrase caveat emptor arises from the fact that buyers often have less information about the good or service they are purchasing, while the seller has more information. Defects in the good or service may be hidden from the buyer, and only known to the seller. Thus, the buyer should beware.

Don't get sold a lemon.


Buying the first thing you see

is impulsive

with some antonyms listed here

(sensible, premeditated, calm, thoughful). You could have 'shop-savvy'


"Can I help you?"

"No thanks, I'm just {browsing / window-shopping / comparing prices}".

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