Unwanted interactions with Sales Associates

    Unwanted interactions with Sales Associates

    post #1 of 17
    Thread Starter 

    Have you ever walked trough a department store, and a Sales Associate came up to you in an attempt to sell you a fragrance that you've already sampled beforehand and disliked? Share your stories here.

    post #2 of 17
    It's happened many times. I simply smile and say No Thank you and keep walking
    post #3 of 17

    Oh boy another SA bashing thread coming.

    Sometimesyou just have to be a man (or a woman) and politely say "thanks but I'm not interested" with a smile on your face and make things clear. It saves everyone time and aggravation.

    Cause if you don't do that, then you'll be stuck in a convo you don't want to be in, and then come to basenotes to vent (i.e. whine)cause you weren't direct enough to handle the situation correctly ;)

    post #4 of 17

    They don't know..

    It is their job..

    post #5 of 17
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hednicView Post

    It's happened many times. I simply smile and say No Thank you and keep walking

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cameronView Post

    Oh boy another SA bashing thread coming.

    Sometimesyou just have to be a man (or a woman) and politely say "thanks but I'm not interested" with a smile on your face and make things clear. It saves everyone time and aggravation.

    Cause if you don't do that, then you'll be stuck in a convo you don't want to be in, and then come to basenotes to vent (i.e. whine)cause you weren't direct enough to handle the situation correctly ;)

    +1 to both. Could not have said it any better. Why bash SA's? They're only doing their jobs and trying to feed their families.

    post #6 of 17
    Sales associates are great if you use them instead of them using you. Sales associates at the stores I shop in are cool because they know they can't SELL me anything. They assist me in getting what I came in for. Everybody wins
    post #7 of 17

    It is their job to promote the latest releases.

    Just tell them a polite, "Thank you."

    Cultivate a relationship with an SA who will sell you what you want to buy.

    post #8 of 17
    I think the OP is referring to overly aggressive SAs.
    post #9 of 17

    What keeps happening to me lately is everyone takes one look at me and tries to sell me an eye cream. Aging sucks.

    post #10 of 17

    If you don't like to be asked "would you like to try this?", then perhaps online shopping is the way to go.

    If an SA simply will not take a polite "no thank you", then just avoid future eye contact, and try to maintain some distance.

    I don't think I have ever run across a pushy SA before. At least nothing comes to mind.

    post #11 of 17
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by socalwomanView Post

    What keeps happening to me lately is everyone takes one look at me and tries to sell me an eye cream. Aging sucks.

    lol! ouch!

    post #12 of 17
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by socalwomanView Post

    What keeps happening to me lately is everyone takes one look at me and tries to sell me an eye cream. Aging sucks.

    Hand cream for me. Not everybody appreciates the imperfections of fine leather. :evil:

    post #13 of 17
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222View Post

    I think the OP is referring to overly aggressive SAs.

    If they're being overly aggressive, just start asking for tons of carded/hand-decanted samples LOL. They'll either leave you alone right away, or you end up witha bunch ofsamples. Win-win!

    post #14 of 17
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by socalwomanView Post

    What keeps happening to me lately is everyone takes one look at me and tries to sell me an eye cream. Aging sucks.
    I'm sorry I don't mean to laugh as I'm no spring chicken myself and I'm sure it must be frustrating for you, but your comment above was very funny!
    Edited by hednic - 10/6/13 at 4:39am
    post #15 of 17

    Think I must beone of those scary older ladiesnow...they leave me alone unless I ask for something, in which case they're extremely helpful.

    post #16 of 17
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by zero7786View Post

    Have you ever walked trough a department store, and a Sales Associate came up to you in an attempt to sell you a fragrance that you've already sampled beforehand and disliked? Share your stories here.

    Once upon a time, a Sales Associate came up to me and attempted to sell me a fragrance that I'd already sampled beforehand and disliked. The End.
    post #17 of 17
    This has happened many times. I usually tell them thank you but I have already tried it, and they either take it well or seem somewhat offended. The ones that know me know that I really have tried it and I know what I like and dont like- the new ones will often reach for another that I have already tried and then give up after about 4-5 tries. Some get all uppity that you're shooting them down but the majority are pretty good about it.

    If you have the time, a good response is to ask them what they think of it and just chat with them.

    Funny story, Lush have pretty aggressive SA's and they follow you around and start up a sales pitch over anything you so much look at. Anyhow, this one girl just wouldn't let up and kept going on and on about this bloody perfume. She was going on about how much she loved it, the sale price and how they only had 2 left. I saw my opening and went in for the buzzkill...

    "You really seem to love it, so much more than me, I dont think I could take the last bottles from you. I'll leave it for you and at that price you really would be mad not to get it!"

    She really didn't know where to go after that, and kind of frittered away out of sight.
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    10/5/13 at 7:14pm

    zero7786 said:



    Have you ever walked trough a department store, and a Sales Associate came up to you in an attempt to sell you a fragrance that you've already sampled beforehand and disliked? Share your stories here.

    10/5/13 at 7:16pm

    hednic said:



    It's happened many times. I simply smile and say No Thank you and keep walking

    10/5/13 at 7:16pm

    cameron said:



    Oh boy another SA bashing thread coming.

    Sometimesyou just have to be a man (or a woman) and politely say "thanks but I'm not interested" with a smile on your face and make things clear. It saves everyone time and aggravation.

    Cause if you don't do that, then you'll be stuck in a convo you don't want to be in, and then come to basenotes to vent (i.e. whine)cause you weren't direct enough to handle the situation correctly ;)

    10/5/13 at 7:18pm

    Tony T said:



    They don't know..

    It is their job..

    10/5/13 at 7:20pm

    mjones602 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hednicView Post

    It's happened many times. I simply smile and say No Thank you and keep walking

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cameronView Post

    Oh boy another SA bashing thread coming.

    Sometimesyou just have to be a man (or a woman) and politely say "thanks but I'm not interested" with a smile on your face and make things clear. It saves everyone time and aggravation.

    Cause if you don't do that, then you'll be stuck in a convo you don't want to be in, and then come to basenotes to vent (i.e. whine)cause you weren't direct enough to handle the situation correctly ;)

    +1 to both. Could not have said it any better. Why bash SA's? They're only doing their jobs and trying to feed their families.

    10/5/13 at 7:51pm

    Preston H said:



    Sales associates are great if you use them instead of them using you. Sales associates at the stores I shop in are cool because they know they can't SELL me anything. They assist me in getting what I came in for. Everybody wins

    10/5/13 at 8:04pm

    Primrose said:



    It is their job to promote the latest releases.

    Just tell them a polite, "Thank you."

    Cultivate a relationship with an SA who will sell you what you want to buy.

    10/5/13 at 9:00pm

    hedonist222 said:



    I think the OP is referring to overly aggressive SAs.

    10/5/13 at 9:03pm

    socalwoman said:



    What keeps happening to me lately is everyone takes one look at me and tries to sell me an eye cream. Aging sucks.

    10/5/13 at 9:07pm

    dougczar said:



    If you don't like to be asked "would you like to try this?", then perhaps online shopping is the way to go.

    If an SA simply will not take a polite "no thank you", then just avoid future eye contact, and try to maintain some distance.

    I don't think I have ever run across a pushy SA before. At least nothing comes to mind.

    10/5/13 at 9:08pm

    dougczar said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by socalwomanView Post

    What keeps happening to me lately is everyone takes one look at me and tries to sell me an eye cream. Aging sucks.

    lol! ouch!

    10/5/13 at 9:10pm

    Redneck Perfumisto said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by socalwomanView Post

    What keeps happening to me lately is everyone takes one look at me and tries to sell me an eye cream. Aging sucks.

    Hand cream for me. Not everybody appreciates the imperfections of fine leather. :evil:

    10/5/13 at 9:21pm

    mjones602 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222View Post

    I think the OP is referring to overly aggressive SAs.

    If they're being overly aggressive, just start asking for tons of carded/hand-decanted samples LOL. They'll either leave you alone right away, or you end up witha bunch ofsamples. Win-win!

    10/5/13 at 9:31pm

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by socalwomanView Post

    What keeps happening to me lately is everyone takes one look at me and tries to sell me an eye cream. Aging sucks.
    I'm sorry I don't mean to laugh as I'm no spring chicken myself and I'm sure it must be frustrating for you, but your comment above was very funny!
    Edited by hednic - 10/6/13 at 4:39am

    10/6/13 at 1:10am

    lpp said:



    Think I must beone of those scary older ladiesnow...they leave me alone unless I ask for something, in which case they're extremely helpful.

    10/6/13 at 1:17am

    The_Scentinel said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by zero7786View Post

    Have you ever walked trough a department store, and a Sales Associate came up to you in an attempt to sell you a fragrance that you've already sampled beforehand and disliked? Share your stories here.

    Once upon a time, a Sales Associate came up to me and attempted to sell me a fragrance that I'd already sampled beforehand and disliked. The End.

    10/6/13 at 4:34am

    L'eaulita said:



    This has happened many times. I usually tell them thank you but I have already tried it, and they either take it well or seem somewhat offended. The ones that know me know that I really have tried it and I know what I like and dont like- the new ones will often reach for another that I have already tried and then give up after about 4-5 tries. Some get all uppity that you're shooting them down but the majority are pretty good about it.

    If you have the time, a good response is to ask them what they think of it and just chat with them.

    Funny story, Lush have pretty aggressive SA's and they follow you around and start up a sales pitch over anything you so much look at. Anyhow, this one girl just wouldn't let up and kept going on and on about this bloody perfume. She was going on about how much she loved it, the sale price and how they only had 2 left. I saw my opening and went in for the buzzkill...

    "You really seem to love it, so much more than me, I dont think I could take the last bottles from you. I'll leave it for you and at that price you really would be mad not to get it!"

    She really didn't know where to go after that, and kind of frittered away out of sight.





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