Post # 1
My SO and I are going ring “shopping” for our anniversary in June. Actually, we already know which rings we like and have it narrowed to a few (with one in particular being in the top running). However, because the rings are online we wanted to go to a jewelry shop and have me actually try on rings to figure out what carat size I like best.
My question is, should we be upfront with jewelers about this? I don’t want to be shuttled aside for an actual paying customer or have a bad experience while we’re out. What have other bees experiences been?
Post # 3
I lie. I always say we’re looking to buy, but we need prices so that we can move our finances around. They usually let me try on a ton of them and I say I’ll be in touch. It may annoy them, but believe me they annoy you enough while you’re there to make up for it. Have fun! Just don’t mention you won’t be buying from them, otherwise they might be upset that you’re wasting their time lol
Post # 4
@ForeverBirds: I have been doing the exact same thing for months. I tell them I’m just shopping for an idea of what I like because I’m not in the decision making time. As Pretty said, I just tell them I’ll be in touch when it gets closer to buy.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t go into a big explanation, just say you are looking.
Post # 6
I agree with the PP, you don’t owe them any explanation.. we did this many times looking for our bands. They are super pushy most of the time so brace yourself.
Post # 7
@ForeverBirds: We were “just shopping” and ended up buying.
Post # 8
@ForeverBirds: just shop. You’re allowed to look without an explanation. If you’re asking them to bring in rings you’ve seen online, that’s a little different, but you still don’t owe them an explanation. I had my jeweler bring in a band I knew wasnt the one, but it was the most similar to what I wanted to be custom made that it was worth it for us. Granted, we have a history with her and she knew we were buying.
Post # 9
I also agree that you don’t need to explain yourself to anybody. And if a jeweler is being too pushy, walk out.
Post # 10
It’s just like any other store… you’re allowed to go in, try things on, and leave! You want to be able to try things on and take time to decide what you like before you make a big purchase. Its normal for you to try things on a few times before committing.
Post # 11
I explained when I went to a jeweler with my BFF that I was just figuring out size/price etc and they were still very helptried if they are rude because you’re only looking, take your business somewhere else
Post # 12
They should want your business, present or future. Even if you don’t purchase your ering there, they may get your business for repairs, or future purchases. They should be willing to help you, especially with such big purchases. I think most couples look together, but then the guy goes back to purchase the ring himself. (Not always, but probably most commonly) So I think a majority of purchases are at a later date anyway!
my future fiancé and I went looking at specific tacori rings with no intention of buying from there, but the sales woman was so friendly and nice, he purchased the ring from her (he went back to purchase it without me). Now just waiting for the proposal!!
actually, the sales woman thought we were tacori”buyers” (secret shoppers sent by tacori) to make sure they were presenting the brand to tacori’s standards. They pull their products out if they don’t!
They should never blow you off! If they do, I would never go back, and recommend friends and family to never go there!
Post # 13
When FH and I went to go look at rings the first time we just said that we were getting an idea of syles and price so we could see what we could go for. The salespeople were always friendly and nice even though they probably knew we weren’t buying.