(Closed) Advice for trying on rings if you don't plan to purchase from that store?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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716 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ve gone in to a few stores to figure out what I want… I wouldn’t go in and excplictly say you’re not buying from them, but most jewelery stores are used to “browsers” who look but don’t buy, hoping they’ll come back.

Post # 4
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11239 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I highly recommend Kay Jeweler’s. We weren’t originally going to buy my ring in store, but, like you, needed to see my ring size and how different settings/stone sizes and shapes/etc. looked on me before we made any decisions. Kay doesn’t work on commission (they do get a part of the sale, but it’s not their source of income), so it’s easy to just go in there and work with someone to try on rings and get your finger sized. We went in there several times to look at rings and they were always lovely.

Post # 5
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4961 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Just tell them you are trying to figure out your style and what you look. Simple as that.

Post # 6
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3831 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Lie.  Pretend you are interested.  Asked to be sized. Then leave and say that if he wants to purchase he will come back on his own. 

DONE!

Post # 7
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288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It’s not an issue at all. Tell them you’re just starting out and doing some research, and you’d like to be sized while you’re at it. No biggie! 🙂

Post # 8
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745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I went to Kay this weekend to get an idea on wedding bands. I told her we’re just looking at the moment, won’t be buying for a few months, but wanted to get an idea. She pulled a few for me to try on and while we were there, my fiance said “Hey, would you be able to size me? I haven’t checked in a long time, and I was curious as to what it is.” She brought him over and sized him with no problem.

His is going to be ordered online. He told her about the titanium ring with the horn inlay that he loves, and she ddn’t even bat an eyelash. She told us that they carry titanium rings, but didn’t push him to look at them.

Post # 9
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11274 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would not lie. 

If you go into a store and begin looking, someone eventually will ask if he or she may help you.  Then, tell the person the truth:  You and your FI (or just you, whoever is going to be there) are just beginning to look at engagement rings.  Note that you’re not ready to purchase, but you’re just trying to get an idea of the style and size of ring/stone that you’re interested in and that you plan to visit a number of stores.  If all of that is true — and, from what you’ve posted, it sounds if it is — then it should be fine for you to say all of that. If the salesperson attempts to pressure you into purchasing, then you should reiterate that you are just looking.

You are very thoughtful to be conscientious regarding avoiding peak time periods when you could be preventing the salesperson from making a sale.  I would recommend that you go on an off-peak time, perhaps a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening or sometime during the day on a week day.

Post # 10
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11239 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@HeathenSwan:  Same here. We went looking for a ring for FI, knowing that we most likely weren’t going to purchase his from them (too expensive, and most bands are too thick–not wide, but the actual thickness, which the girl didn’t get), but sat and tried some on, had him sized, etc. We were also dropping off my ring to be resized. We’ll end up getting his custom made online because of the thickness issue.

Post # 13
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6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I popped into a store in the mall (I think it might have been Helzbergs?) awhile back and told them that my boyfriend had asked my ring size. They asked if I wanted to look at anything, and I told them that he wanted it to be a surprise, so no thank you.

I really just wanted to know because I was trying to replace a right-hand ring that was stolen with something similar on Amazon, and there were other customers in the store so I didn’t want to derp around taking time away from them. They didn’t seem to have a problem with it at all, and were actually really friendly.

But yeah, don’t take up their time, especially if there are other customers around.

Post # 15
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4417 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@vorpalette:  Kay sales people do get an hourly wage, but they also work on commission.  And, the sales people also have a DAILY sales quota they are required to meet.  Kay Jewelers is one of the most stressful jewelry stores to work for, because they have six different sales requirements to meet. I know, I worked there.

However, the sales people at Kay’s will always be very nice when you go in the store. They will show you whatever you want to see…

 

@vegempanada:  When you go into a jewelry store to look at rings, make sure you go at a time when the store isn’t busy. Since you aren’t planning to buy anything, you want to be considerate and not monopolize the sales person’s time so he/she can’t help a customer who might actually buy something.  You don’t need to tell the sales person you’re not buying. Honestly, they’ll be able to figure it out without being told. But you also shouldn’t lead the sales person to believe you definitely are going to buy if you aren’t.  

If the store isn’t busy, you can tell the sales person that you’re just looking and that you have no idea what style you want. The sales person will ask you some questions that will help determine what your style is. 

Post # 16
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483 posts
Helper bee

I would say a week day is less busy like a Monday … And dont go right before the store closes like the last half hour that’s always a huge annoyance to a sales person … ( I once had a customer stay an hour and a half later than the store closing hours ..but you will always get a helpful sales person if it’s busy or not because that is there job haha But a weekday is good and just express your just starting your search .. They will most likely give you there card in hopes you come back but it’s not unusual for people to just browse

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