Post # 1
I’m sorry…. I just can’t stand sales people in pretty much every form. This is not aimed at any one type because they consistently drive me crazy… pretty much all of them. Lately though? To sales people: A Public Service Announcement
Mr. Gym Membership Salesperson- do you think I HONESTLY believed you when you told me I HAD TO sign up by dec 31 because the rates will go up in January? What kind of gym doesn’t have the best deals of the year in January when everyone is heading in to start their new years resolution? Oh and now its January and you have the same deal? SHOCKING. Don’t lie to me– you’re bad at it. Oh and don’t expect me to give you the names of 10 friends so you can call and harass them into signing up. If they wanted a gym membership, they’d get their butts in and sign themselves up. Lastly, don’t try to force me into signing up for things I don’t want to do. I get that they’re “free,” but I also get that you only do them to try to sell me your classes/training/products/etc. I own a scale and a tape measure, I don’t need you to measure me and tell me I need to lose weight then tell me I have to get a trainer. Soooo not going to happen. And it shouldn’t take me 4 tries to convince you of that.
Ms. Mortgage salesman- I know you got my name off a list but the fact that I didn’t respond to your 3 emails or 2 calls to each my home and work phone number probably should tip you off that I’m not interested! And then when I tell you I’m not interested? Do not argue with me. Do not continue to call me again at work and home and leave messages. Take a freakin hint! (Or at least, my very blunt telling you: I don’t need you and if for some reason I SHOULD need you in the future– I have your number!)
Ms. Mall salesperson- I know that you HAVE to say hello and approach me when I enter your store, but if I tell you I’m JUST LOOKING and I don’t need your help? It means leave me alone. Do not follow me around. Do not listen to my conversation and then interject. Do not swoop over as soon as a break stride to tell me how fabulous the whatever-happened-to-be-in-front-of-me-when-i-stopped is. Rather than talking me into buying it, you’re actually making me plan my exit ASAP whether I’ve looked at what I wanted to or not because I want to get away from you.
Argh. Sorry for the vent but I’m feeling very smothered lately. I feel like I can’t make a move in the world without someone swooping in and trying to hard-sell me something. Maybe that works on some people? (I don’t see how but I guess maybe?) All I want is to be LEFT ALONE because I know how to speak and if I would like to purchase something– I will let you know.
Post # 4
Ugh I had the same experience in the Coach store, after we got my LV. They saw the LV bag and assumed I was going on a shopping spree. She followed us around, interjected in my conversation with Mr. Tacos, raved about my jewelry, and pumped up Mr. Tacos’ ego by exclaiming how he must be such a gentleman. We had no less than 15 interactions with her within about 20 minutes.
Post # 5
I totally feel your pain on the mall salespeople! I HATE that, and sometimes, it prevents me from going into certain stores. Like, specifically, Victoria’s Secret. They’re awful. Everytime I go in, I get a five-minute speech on their sales and promotion as soon as I walked in, and even though I just, “I’m fine” and walked away in the middle, they followed me around to finish. I like, just wanted some cotton panties and then I wanted to get the heck out of there. Another time I went in for s strapless bra, got the same five-minute speech, and then when I asked if they had a certain color in my size, they started measuring me without asking and claimed I wasn’t looking for the right size. I was so ticked at them that I put the bra down and left. The funny thing is, I had been measured by them a few weeks before, and that was the size I gave them, so I’m not sure what’s going on there.
I also hate department stores in the cosmetic section. I call is the perp walk through that section because so many sales people want to squirt all kinds of purfumes on you and ask if you want to do this or try that, and really, all I’m doing is taking a shortcut to the parking lot. So annoying!
I also used to work for BBW, and they would tell us all the time to hound customers when they walked in with all the promos and stuff, and ask if they wanted to try this lotion or that scrub. I hated doing it. I felt so bad for the customers!
Post # 6
@miss chapstick- i feel you on VS!! I went in one time and I barely got my mouth open before some chick had her hands on my boobs measuring me. Like ummmmmm this area? Not for you! I worked retail too (briefly) and I hated it. I think someone needs to slap corporate idiots who think that harassing people is a good sales tactic. Its not that I wont be nice/chatty IF I NEED HELP. But you have to give people space to breath/browse before trying to corral them to the cash register.
Post # 7
UGH!! I especially hate mall salespeople. And I’m allowed to say that b/c I’ve worked at 2 clothing retail stores and WAS that person!! I won’t even walk into a small botique b/c it is way too uncomfortable for me. 100% of the time the salespeople outnumber customers and STARE at you while you look around and keep asking if they can help and if you want to try things on and sometimes start telling you personal things about themselves. I HATE it! And I know from experience they do it b/c they’re getting commission or their managers are watching THEM like hawks making sure they harrass customers, but it still annoys me more than anything!
Post # 8
The worst mall salesperson? The kiosks in the middle of the mall that want to sell you face cream/hair straighteners/hair extensions/crap, and approach you with product in hand trying to use it on you. There’s a kiosk that does threading. In the middle of the mall.
“Oh yes, please. Let me get my caterpillar eyebrows threaded in plain view of everyone. Hot diggity I hope someone I went to HS with strolls by!”
“No, I don’t have a minute so you can tell me about this exclusive line of facial product I’ve never heard of, or let you use a straightener you’ve used on countless other people on me, or let you put some fake ass curly extensions in my hair. NO THANKS, I’M GOOD.”
My mother, who is just too nice for her own good, stops and lets them talk to her. This holiday season, I stood there fuming once for 15 minutes while she nicely listened to their spiel, trying unsuccessfully to politely extract herself from the situation. I finally had enough. I interjected and said “WE’RE NOT BUYING ANYTHING! SHE’S TOO NICE! OK? BYE!” and put my arm around my mom and shuffled her off towards Macys. Next time we went to the mall and some guy approached us, I started waving my arms like a lunatic and said “No! No! No!” and wouldn’t let my mom stop.
The guy thought I was nuts, but my mother still laughs about it.
Post # 9
@missacs- lol! I kind of do the same thing at this point. I am forced to be a little rude because its the only thing that seems to work. Generally I’m nice once when I tell them no, and if they come at me again I’ll just lay it out: LOOK- I am just browsing and I do. not. need. any. help. If I do? I will let you know. Some of them STILL don’t get it but ugh.
Post # 10
@MissACS: I hate those people too! They are so annoying. “Can I use this on you?” “No thank you” “But it will be amazingggg” “NO THANK YOU” *runs away*
Geez, if I wanted your stuff I would look at you, usually I pretend to be on the phone and don’t even make eye contact to try and get away from them.
Post # 11
Well they are supposed to bug us-they work on commission and also have to bring in a certian amount of money per day. I always simply say “i’m not planning on buying anything today” if they get pushy. Also, I worked in retail ( 40% discount on the clothes! holla!)-the feeling salespeople have towards customers is actually mutual. It’s a very fake environment ( ” Oh you look soooooo adoooorable in those jeans that are way too tight with that ugly matching shirt). lol.
Post # 12
I know they are on commission but being annoying and bothering me doesn’t make me want to buy things from them! It makes me think they are rude and I don’t want them near me!
Post # 13
I try to be super-understanding and nice to people in retail stores because I worked in retail for years in high school and college. I promise, we don’t want to bug you. We have managers breathing down our necks about sales goals/credit card applications/promotions to push/add-ons/etc. They hate saying it just as much as you hate hearing it.
Post # 14
Yeah it’s the whole car salesman thing. Except, I would bite the bullet and eventually have to buy a car.
I can safely say, buying an amazing handcream made out of rare exotic monkey placenta from a mall kiosk would never be a necessity.
Post # 15
We had a bad salesperson experience on Saturday at Men’s Warehouse. Fiance and I went to browse and see what was offered. We looked at suits and the salesperson picks the most expensive gray suit they had. $700. Then a matching shirt for $45, shoes for $99, tie for $40…helllloooo…we told you we just wanted to get an idea of what was here.
Then he has the nerve to say: ‘Let me price this out for you.’ I thought Fiance was going to pop him.
Post # 16
Yea I am fully aware that the person talking to us *probably* doesn’t want to be annoying and they’re being forced to be… but I can’t help but feel that there needs to be some kind of uprising so that managers and corporate understand that this is not an effective sales tactic. I do try being nice at first, but after that its just survival. 🙂