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News: Would You Go Shopping Underwater?

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Some retailers believe that it’s important to make their stores easy to find. They’ll even pay a premium for space in popular malls or streets with lots of foot traffic. Sony is taking a different approach with its Xperia Aquatech Store, one that definitely does not value convenience and spits on the concept of foot traffic. For one thing, it’s underwater. For another, you have to scuba to get there. On top of that, you have to be invited.

This is a marketing gimmick to drive home the point that Sony makes waterproof devices, but it’s an admirably over-the-top (or, I guess, under-the-sea?) approach. The Xperia Aquatech concept store is only open 4 meters underwater in Dubai for three days, and even if you’re a PADI-certified divemaster, you need to be a contest winner, VIP, or otherwise Sony-approved patron before you can enter the ridiculous jellyfish-themed underwater structure.

By Kate Knibbs – Full Story at Gizmodo

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