Exessive testing with SA's and perfume shop owners

    Exessive testing with SA's and perfume shop owners

    post #1 of 21
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    I've got a question for you guys. K, so I'm one of those people who is afraid to offend other people. I've been at several malls and perfume shops the past 2-3 weeks testing, smelling, sampling, etc. At college I was only able to hit the mall/stores every once in a while but now I'm home for the summer, I've been visiting more often. I'm there for about an hour testing about 3-4 fragrances each time. Do you think the SA's and shop owners get upset that I'm there trying out all these fragrances and haven't made a purchase yet? Any personal experiences to share?

    post #2 of 21
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    Originally Posted by tonghpafu View Post

    I've got a question for you guys. K, so I'm one of those people who is afraid to offend other people. I've been at several malls and perfume shops the past 2-3 weeks testing, smelling, sampling, etc. At college I was only able to hit the mall/stores every once in a while but now I'm home for the summer, I've been visiting more often. I'm there for about an hour testing about 3-4 fragrances each time. Do you think the SA's and shop owners get upset that I'm there trying out all these fragrances and haven't made a purchase yet? Any personal experiences to share?

     

    Been there and done that sometime it does feel uncomfortable but it the only way to really find out what you like especially if you have a small collection or a small budget

    post #3 of 21

    WHO CARES WHAT THEY THINK. THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT

    post #4 of 21
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    Originally Posted by Tony T View Post

    WHO CARES WHAT THEY THINK. THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT

    No, they are not.
    post #5 of 21
    Don't be too concerned what the SA or shop owner might think. Let them know your purpose and most of the time very likely they would understand. If they are not, then find another place to test whatever you like, cos It is not a chick flick, you dont need a good ending with them.
    post #6 of 21
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    Originally Posted by Tony T View Post

    WHO CARES WHAT THEY THINK. THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT

    The key word there might be "customer." smile.gif

    I do a lot of testing in stores and receive samples from the SAs and sometimes I don't buy anything for a long time. But when I am ready to buy, I go back to the SAs who have been helpful and who treat me well even if I don't buy something every time.
    post #7 of 21
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    Originally Posted by tonghpafu View Post

    I'm there for about an hour testing about 3-4 fragrances each time. Do you think the SA's and shop owners get upset that I'm there trying out all these fragrances and haven't made a purchase yet? 

     

    Is the Pope Catholic?

    post #8 of 21

    There's nothing wrong with testing a lot.  It's about percentages.  Some people will come in, spray something one and buy it on the spot.  Some people will test 20 different fragrances and buy nothing.

     

    Personally, I do try half of the fragrances in the store, but I'm never there for more than a half hour.

    post #9 of 21
    The right thing to do is buy a perfume from there once you've made up your mind.

    Don't try it at their shops and then buy online. That's not cool.
    post #10 of 21
    The've always been cool with me. It's all about personality.
    post #11 of 21

    If it's not busy, go for it. I would assume that most SAs would rather show different frags and chat with a potential customer than sit around. Especially if you are willing to share opinions on what you're trying. If you're not going to buy then and there, ask them for their card and keep them in mind when you've decided what you want to buy.thumbsup.gif

    post #12 of 21
    For more common fragrances, go to Sephora and spray away. They usually don't bother you. You can also wander in and out of department stores. If they don't have what you're looking for, buy samples online.

    More often than not, you can find a better deal through online fragrance buying than you can in the store. Generally, no tax or shipping is charged online, which can be significant savings. And there are certainly no SA's to bother you.
    post #13 of 21
    I don't think the SAs will be offended especially if you flatter them by putting them in a position of power. Go to them and as them for advice. Ask silly questions and act impressed by how much they know. If you show humility and give them the opportunity to look smart or authoritative, they will likely be nice to you. Of course, you always have a couple of crabby, bored out of their mind SAs. For those there is no remedy but they likely won't bother you and will be happy if you don't either.
    post #14 of 21
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    Originally Posted by CX827 View Post

    Don't be too concerned what the SA or shop owner might think. Let them know your purpose and most of the time very likely they would understand. If they are not, then find another place to test whatever you like
    Sound advice IMO.
    post #15 of 21

    A friend works for YSL(she is the counter manager), a woman used to walk in everyday and spray herself from head to foot(including under her armpits) with the tester.   Can't remember which fragrance????   But they went through a tester bottle a week, and friend had to hide the bottle.   The woman used ask if they had the tester, friend said, no they where waiting for new stock.

     

    So as long as you are not doing this you are okay.    You could try saying something like, so much choice I just cannot decide.

    post #16 of 21
    Haha, that's an extreme case of abuse. I've seen people walk over, grab a bottle and spray all over.
    post #17 of 21
    You can certainly sample a decent amount before the SAs get rude, but you should purchase the one you want from there instead of online.
    post #18 of 21

    7/22/13 at 2:54pm

    tonghpafu said:



    I've got a question for you guys. K, so I'm one of those people who is afraid to offend other people. I've been at several malls and perfume shops the past 2-3 weeks testing, smelling, sampling, etc. At college I was only able to hit the mall/stores every once in a while but now I'm home for the summer, I've been visiting more often. I'm there for about an hour testing about 3-4 fragrances each time. Do you think the SA's and shop owners get upset that I'm there trying out all these fragrances and haven't made a purchase yet? Any personal experiences to share?

    7/22/13 at 2:59pm

    mccann690 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tonghpafu View Post

    I've got a question for you guys. K, so I'm one of those people who is afraid to offend other people. I've been at several malls and perfume shops the past 2-3 weeks testing, smelling, sampling, etc. At college I was only able to hit the mall/stores every once in a while but now I'm home for the summer, I've been visiting more often. I'm there for about an hour testing about 3-4 fragrances each time. Do you think the SA's and shop owners get upset that I'm there trying out all these fragrances and haven't made a purchase yet? Any personal experiences to share?

     

    Been there and done that sometime it does feel uncomfortable but it the only way to really find out what you like especially if you have a small collection or a small budget

    7/22/13 at 4:15pm

    Tony T said:



    WHO CARES WHAT THEY THINK. THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT

    7/22/13 at 5:19pm

    VintagePoison said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tony T View Post

    WHO CARES WHAT THEY THINK. THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT

    No, they are not.

    7/22/13 at 5:40pm

    CX827 said:



    Don't be too concerned what the SA or shop owner might think. Let them know your purpose and most of the time very likely they would understand. If they are not, then find another place to test whatever you like, cos It is not a chick flick, you dont need a good ending with them.

    7/22/13 at 7:57pm

    Fiveoaks_Bouquet said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tony T View Post

    WHO CARES WHAT THEY THINK. THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT

    The key word there might be "customer." smile.gif

    I do a lot of testing in stores and receive samples from the SAs and sometimes I don't buy anything for a long time. But when I am ready to buy, I go back to the SAs who have been helpful and who treat me well even if I don't buy something every time.

    7/22/13 at 8:39pm

    mr. reasonable said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tonghpafu View Post

    I'm there for about an hour testing about 3-4 fragrances each time. Do you think the SA's and shop owners get upset that I'm there trying out all these fragrances and haven't made a purchase yet? 

     

    Is the Pope Catholic?

    7/22/13 at 9:12pm

    noirdrakkar said:



    There's nothing wrong with testing a lot.  It's about percentages.  Some people will come in, spray something one and buy it on the spot.  Some people will test 20 different fragrances and buy nothing.

     

    Personally, I do try half of the fragrances in the store, but I'm never there for more than a half hour.

    7/23/13 at 6:58am

    hedonist222 said:



    The right thing to do is buy a perfume from there once you've made up your mind.

    Don't try it at their shops and then buy online. That's not cool.

    7/23/13 at 10:10am

    sjg3839 said:



    The've always been cool with me. It's all about personality.

    7/23/13 at 11:46am

    juanderer said:



    If it's not busy, go for it. I would assume that most SAs would rather show different frags and chat with a potential customer than sit around. Especially if you are willing to share opinions on what you're trying. If you're not going to buy then and there, ask them for their card and keep them in mind when you've decided what you want to buy.thumbsup.gif

    7/23/13 at 12:57pm

    RedRaider430 said:



    For more common fragrances, go to Sephora and spray away. They usually don't bother you. You can also wander in and out of department stores. If they don't have what you're looking for, buy samples online.

    More often than not, you can find a better deal through online fragrance buying than you can in the store. Generally, no tax or shipping is charged online, which can be significant savings. And there are certainly no SA's to bother you.

    7/23/13 at 5:24pm

    ScentBound said:



    I don't think the SAs will be offended especially if you flatter them by putting them in a position of power. Go to them and as them for advice. Ask silly questions and act impressed by how much they know. If you show humility and give them the opportunity to look smart or authoritative, they will likely be nice to you. Of course, you always have a couple of crabby, bored out of their mind SAs. For those there is no remedy but they likely won't bother you and will be happy if you don't either.

    7/27/13 at 5:56am

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CX827 View Post

    Don't be too concerned what the SA or shop owner might think. Let them know your purpose and most of the time very likely they would understand. If they are not, then find another place to test whatever you like
    Sound advice IMO.

    7/27/13 at 8:38am

    donna255 said:



    A friend works for YSL(she is the counter manager), a woman used to walk in everyday and spray herself from head to foot(including under her armpits) with the tester.   Can't remember which fragrance????   But they went through a tester bottle a week, and friend had to hide the bottle.   The woman used ask if they had the tester, friend said, no they where waiting for new stock.

     

    So as long as you are not doing this you are okay.    You could try saying something like, so much choice I just cannot decide.

    7/28/13 at 5:16am

    ScentBound said:



    Haha, that's an extreme case of abuse. I've seen people walk over, grab a bottle and spray all over.

    7/28/13 at 9:43am

    williampaul1969 said:



    You can certainly sample a decent amount before the SAs get rude, but you should purchase the one you want from there instead of online.

    7/28/13 at 12:34pm

    VintagePoison said: