littlebee94: I totally did this exact thing so… I got my $1400 dress for like $200 XD I didn’t expect to do this though. I can’t justify what I really like though. Stuff I love is like $20,000. haha. So… meh, compromises. Anyway, when I decided to order my dress from the store, I found it was discontinued -_- So I bought a sample I found in Alabama and had it shipped. I mean, when we’re talking hundreds or thousands of dollars for a dress, that’s pretty significant. I wouldn’t want to waste anyone’s time, but I went into probably 10 bridal shops having no idea whether or not I was going to buy anything.
As for people commenting on going in a store before you buy… This happens all the time now. I don’t know how Best Buy stays in business, honestly. I managed a commission department for years, and that’s unfortunately just how it goes sometimes now, and I knew it, and my employees knew it, and it just sucks.
And… I didn’t WANT anyone’s help, but I wasn’t allowed to try on dresses without someone hovering over me. One place even insisted she help me into the dress. No, I don’t want some stranger seeing me in my skivvies. I don’t care if you’re the same sex. You’re a person I don’t know, so go away. I’d much rather have my mom clip some dress on me than some stranger… it’s just awkward. I can try on clothes by myself, thanks. Also started wearing bike shorts to try on dresses -_-
But I really hated managing a commission department, and really the whole idea in general. If you want good service for customers, PAY YOUR PEOPLE A GOOD HOURLY RATE. None of this commission crap. Nobody would have to worry about this stuff then, and service would still be good because people would keep their jobs, but we’d have far fewer pushy and annoying sales people also. Nobody likes that. Perks for sales, maybe, sure, but higher hourly rates is what they really needed. Not commission-based. Just not good for anyone except the company.
So maybe you can just give them a heads up that you’re just looking and trying to get an idea of what you want and don’t plan on buying anything today. Often that’s how I’d get people to give me some space, even though I didn’t have any idea whether I planned on buying something or not. I just felt bad when they kept pointing out stuff I didn’t like and I’d have to be all “Oh, yeah… that’s not bad…” o_O;
They need to just completely overhaul this wedding-dress-buying process.