I’m not sure what’s going on, but I’m feeling somewhat optimistic today. It’s a curious development. I hope I’m not having a series of mini-strokes. Maybe it’s the fake spring outside? The blue skies, the bright sun, and all that? It’s a hard thing to know. But I’m not grumbling under my breath too much on this Monday. It’s a surprise.
Over the weekend I went into an H.H. Gregg store for the first time, and will probably never return. If you don’t have those stores in your area, think Circuit City. In fact, I believe they’re run by some of the old Circuit City execs. They did so well with that chain, they’re doing it again!
As I walked through the front door I spotted a herd of salesmen in the middle of the store. I’m not a fan of the salesman herd: there’s always an air of multiple divorces, mustaches, and heavy cologne. I averted my eyes, instinctually, and continued toward the appliance department. I didn’t want to look at appliances, but was already on the defensive. And sure enough, one of those guys was making a beeline for me.
I gave him the “just looking” line, but that wasn’t good enough. He began peppering me with questions. “Have you been here before? Are you in the market for a refrigerator? Do you live in the area? Did you notice our new mattress department?” Just lots and lots of questions. Two minutes in, and I was already regretting my huge lapse in judgment. I shoulda just stayed away.
Eventually, though, my new friend told me he was going allow me to look around. I appreciated his generosity, and wandered over to the TV section. They have a metric shitload of televisions there, and pretty good prices from what I could tell.
Then I noticed movement in my peripheral vision…. He was back! “Looking for a TV?” he asked. I couldn’t believe it. There was roughly 30 seconds between him walking away, and his return. I told him I wasn’t going to buy anything today, and was just looking around.
He’d clearly been coached to ignore such statements, and started telling me about Sharp brand televisions. He said Sharp is considered low-end, but makes surprisingly good TVs. They’re the way to go, if you’re on a budget, he assured me.
WTF? I just wanted to check out the store, and see what they have to offer. I told him I wasn’t interested in buying a TV, or anything else. But he was pitching TVs to me, anyway, like a man entered in a pitching contest. He wouldn’t leave me alone.
So, I started heading toward the door, as this dude continued talking and walking with me. I started to get concerned that he’d follow me to my car, and try to climb into the passenger seat. How would I explain it to Toney when I brought home a hyper-aggressive appliance salesman?
But he finally stopped walking, and I was able to put some distance between us. Sheesh. I’m sure they have some things in there that would interest me: TVs, computers, stereo systems… But I’ll most likely never return. That kind of shit is aggravating, so they’ve lost me, forever. Oh well.
For a Question, I’d like to know what are the most obnoxious stores you’ve encountered? Also, please tell us about the most aggressive salesmen you’ve met. Did you end up buying anything from him? Or did you tell him to ram it? We’ll need to know the details.
I’m also curious about working on commission. Or for tips. I’ve never done either, and am sympathetic — to a point. Have you done it? Were you trained in the art of annoying people straight out the front door? What was your experience?
And I need to go now. I’ll see you guys next time.
Have yourselves a great day!