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Old 07-07-2008, 08:53 PM
 
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One thing that I've noticed in the US a lot since I've been here compared to home is how much employees at stores/malls/kiosks nag. This isn't a rant against the US or anything since it definitely happens too much in Canada *cough*ebgames and canadian tire*cough* as well and maybe it's because I'm from a rural province but I've been asked to apply for credit cards from at least 25 stores, asked to sign up for rewards cards from even more, asked if I want to try this, if I need something, if I want to "save 5% on my next purchase by ....", asked if I want to participate in x survey, asked if I want to try some lotion that'll make me look 20 years younger (I'm not even 20), asked if I want to buy 2 more things and save extra, asked if I'm interested in this "free" offer, in downtown areas of city asked if I want to buy this/that and the list goes on.

I know in stores saying hi and asking if you need help or whatever is polite but after a while, the constant nagging gets annoying. No, I don't want to look 20 years younger. No, I don't care if I can save 15% on my next purchase if I sign up for a credit card that I can't get anyway since I'm not a resident of the US and no I don't want to try your soothing handsoap. I really don't.

Apparently in Old Navy if the employee doesn't ask you if you want to get an Old Navy credit card, you can ask the manager for a $5 gift card. I don't mind getting a gift card but that means every single time I go to that store I'm going to be nagged into getting one... thankfully I shop at Old Navy no more than once a year.

I just want to shop/walk/bike/ride in peace. :/

All experiences from the eastern us... VA/DC/MD/DE/NJ/PA/WV/NY
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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I can agree on some things said here. I worked for a pizza chain in High School and we were pushed to sell, sell, sell! We would get $75 if we did such a big order etc. Remember many of these people are just doing there jobs because they need to put bread on the table. If the salesman at my current employer weren't pushy I wouldn't have any cars to detail. It's all a big circle.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:57 PM
 
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I realize that. It just annoys me that the businesses push that on their employees and then me...
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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I guess if business's didn't push these things then would they be where they are today. I see what your saying but this is corporate America.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:00 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I realize that. It just annoys me that the businesses push that on their employees and then me...

I know what you are talking about, I usually try to avoid the sales people in the mall.
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:30 PM
 
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One thing that I've noticed in the US a lot since I've been here compared to home is how much employees at stores/malls/kiosks nag. This isn't a rant against the US or anything since it definitely happens too much in Canada *cough*ebgames and canadian tire*cough* as well and maybe it's because I'm from a rural province but I've been asked to apply for credit cards from at least 25 stores, asked to sign up for rewards cards from even more, asked if I want to try this, if I need something, if I want to "save 5% on my next purchase by ....", asked if I want to participate in x survey, asked if I want to try some lotion that'll make me look 20 years younger (I'm not even 20), asked if I want to buy 2 more things and save extra, asked if I'm interested in this "free" offer, in downtown areas of city asked if I want to buy this/that and the list goes on.

I know in stores saying hi and asking if you need help or whatever is polite but after a while, the constant nagging gets annoying. No, I don't want to look 20 years younger. No, I don't care if I can save 15% on my next purchase if I sign up for a credit card that I can't get anyway since I'm not a resident of the US and no I don't want to try your soothing handsoap. I really don't.

Apparently in Old Navy if the employee doesn't ask you if you want to get an Old Navy credit card, you can ask the manager for a $5 gift card. I don't mind getting a gift card but that means every single time I go to that store I'm going to be nagged into getting one... thankfully I shop at Old Navy no more than once a year.

I just want to shop/walk/bike/ride in peace. :/

All experiences from the eastern us... VA/DC/MD/DE/NJ/PA/WV/NY

You are so right. Read my post The truth of Macys "outstanding" company that I wrote on Jul 2nd
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Old 07-08-2008, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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My mom calls them "Lotion Nazis".
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Old 07-08-2008, 12:41 PM
 
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It's definitely a nuisance but it is nothing new or US-centric. Aggressive touts and salespeople can be found at markets and shopping malls just about anywhere, but particularly in tourist destinations. Best way to avoid it is to stay away from the places where they breed whenever possible, and never make eye contact!
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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Pushy salespeople are certainly not limited to the U.S. Trying going to Turkey or Morocco or Bali where you haggle in the streets with people. Many shopowners, the world over, are reluctant to let a customer leave without buying something.
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Old 07-08-2008, 05:01 PM
 
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It's definitely a nuisance but it is nothing new or US-centric. Aggressive touts and salespeople can be found at markets and shopping malls just about anywhere, but particularly in tourist destinations. Best way to avoid it is to stay away from the places where they breed whenever possible, and never make eye contact!
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Pushy salespeople are certainly not limited to the U.S. Trying going to Turkey or Morocco or Bali where you haggle in the streets with people. Many shopowners, the world over, are reluctant to let a customer leave without buying something.
I didn't say it was US-centric. The only countries I've been to are Canada and the US and I said it was definitely an annoyance in the US moreso than Canada. As for international countries, I haven't been to any so I wouldn't know.
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