(Closed) Telling a vendor why you chose someone else?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think in any profession, feedback is important to help improve your service.

I wouldn’t feel comfortable telling her who I went with, but I wouldn’t have a problem kindly telling her why I didn’t choose her. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

It’s awkward, but she is probably just looking for feedback on how to improve her services.  I agree, don’t tell her who you went with, but tell her what it was about her trial that didn’t work for you.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I would give feedback. I’m a photographer and I usually like to know why a client didn’t chose me.  Mostly its because of package and/or pricing.  That way, they can adjust anything to accomodate future clients. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Don’t ignore her, be honest.  If she’s asked “why”, then don’t hesitate to tell her that you just didn’t like what she had done.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I wouldn’t tell her who you chose to go with either, or just say that you’ve decided to DIY your makeup.

You should be fine to tell her why you decided not to go with her; don’t say “it was horrible” as it’s not the kind of feedback that will help her improve.  If the foundation was off or there was too much makeup or you didn’t like the eye look or whatever, that’s fine.

I once passed on a mascara in a department store because the MU artist did a crap job at applying it.

Edit to add: Also tell her what she did right. i.e. “I really loved your attitude!”

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I found it pretty annoying when vendors I didn’t book with asked me where I booked instead, it just felt creepy to me haha.  But I did have a couple venues send me questionaires and I did fill them out honestly to give my feedback.  I think it’s important to tell her why you went with the other makeup artist but should defintely not tell her who you booked.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Include reasons why you liked her along with what she needs to work on, especially since you liked her as a person! It can only help her career.

I.e.:

Thank you for meeting with me.  It was a pleasure talking to you.  However, I regret that I won’t be needing your services for the day of my wedding.

You were extremely personable and easy to work with.  Your personality really shined through and is a great asset to you!

However, I chose someone else because I found your make up style a little heavy for my personal preference.  I decided to go with lighter makeup and a little more of a natural look for the wedding.  (Or whatever the reason.  At least this was she knows that she needs to work on her “natural look” or “diva look” or whatever you were going for)  I will keep you in mind for recommendations to any of my friends who are interested in a more dramatic look (i.e. pick a strength).

Thank you again for meeting with me.  I wanted to commend you for your professionalism and wanted to mention how adequately priced you are.  This was a very enjoyable session for me.

Good luck on your future endeavors. 

Sincerely,
babycakes24

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

she is probably looking for feedback to help her business. I’d definitely give it to her – be honest but not mean.  

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

she is probably looking for feedback to help her business. I’d definitely give it to her – be honest but not mean.  

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had one potential vendor ask why we didn’t choose his services. I was happy to explain why, though it was probably easier because I really did like his work, we just found someone we liked even better and were able to meet in person. 

Her styling probably is what some people want, but it didn’t work for you – there’s nothing wrong with telling her that nicely. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t see why you shouldn’t tell them who you went with and why. I had a similar thing happen when shopping for apartments and everyone I didn’t go with, called to ask who I went with and why. They want to know who their competition is.

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