March 30, 2010

A Week in Letters: Day 1


Dear Pushy Saleswoman at the Mall,

Thank you for trying to push your product on me.  Despite the fact that I was polite and said :"no thank you" at least 5 times.  Thank you for buffing my fingernail for me. Yes, it does look nice, but no, I'm sorry to say: It's NOT magic.

I was wondering, does flattery really get you sales?  Really?  Because telling me that I looked 16 didn't really do it for me. Yes, everyone wants to hear they look younger than they actually are, but really?  And yes. I do have 4 children. I'm not lying.  Despite your protests that I look AMAZING for having had 4 children, I am still about 8 sizes bigger than you are.  Which makes me believe the flattery even less.

Also, I have to let you in on a little secret. Very few mother's of four are going to fork over $50 for a little fingernail buffer and a tube of cream.  Because very few mother's of four have $50 to blow on what ever they want.  There's this little thing called a recession right now. Maybe you've heard of it?  So, no. I don't think you're giving me a good deal.

Sincerely,


*Image from here

18 comments:

Momza said...

LOL! So true!!!!
I hate those kiosk people!!!
It's like being harassed at the mall!
UGh!

Wonder Woman said...

I try REALLY REALLY REALLY hard not to make eye contact with sales people at the mall. And as soon as I see them, I start thinking of excuses. "My kids are waiting for me," which is usually true. Or "I plan on ripping out my fingernail later today, so I really don't need them buffed. But thanks for the offer."

You know. Something like that. ;-)

Rochelle said...

Were your kids with you? I once had a nail dude try and "show me something" while I was dragging three kids through the mall to pick up my sons glasses. It was the middle of summer and I was sweating like a pig and stressed because my oldest had just flipped out over the escalator. I was like "Are you serious? Are my kids invisible?" Then I walked off. I'm so rude.

Kristina P. said...

I just give them the glare of death.

Mandy said...

yeah that happened to me a year ago- I was tempted to give the polished nail a two week test (they guaranteed the shine would last that long) and come back for it if it worked....but didn't have the guts. they ended up throwing in a bottle of lotion and knocking off $40 though.
but my sister and I did come back and tried to play mind tricks on them- reversing the sale's pitch so it seemed like we were trying to sell their product to them instead!

Barbaloot said...

Even single girls with zero children aren't very often willing to bust out $50 for a nail product.

The Woolley's said...

So very true. I worked in a mall, before my children...I've gotten really good at getting around the sales people, but sadly you can't be super nice, you have to be a little stern with them, polite, but stern.

heather said...

They totally suckered me into buying that kit. Like almost four years ago. And my friend too, on a different day. They're good at what they do 'cause I've never given in before nor after that one day. I walked away with the bag in hand wondering what the heck had just happened. :)

Also... when did you do this blog makeover thing? How long has it been since I've left you a comment? :/ It's darling by the way. :)

SpencernAmy said...

Bwahhahaha! Thanks for the laugh! I remember now why I hate mall shopping.

Erin said...

This blog post is the ONLY reason I am thankful we don't have a mall in our little town. Sigh.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Yes, the key is to not make eye contact, though that rarely works anymore either! No kidding, last year around Christmas my husband came home with a buffed fingernail because he had been Christmas shopping at the mall, and couldn't escape the dreaded nail lady. That's just sad.

Pearl said...

I'm not really into being mean and totally ignoring these kinds of people, but at the mall...I do. I pretend they aren't there and are not talking to me and walk hurriedly away.

If you're going to be a puhsy sales person, be realistic. Although I'm sure you DO look amazing for having had 4 children. :)

Emmy said...

Ugh! Yes, being told you look like a teenager when you are pushing 30 as I am, is NOT a compliment, even if it may be true.

I always try to look totally far away when I walk past those mall sales people

Lourie said...

Ooooh! Those annoying and pesky kiosk people! Seriously avert your eyes. Or pretend your children are distracting you--not a real stretch there!

Anne said...

This brings back memories of a similar experience I had. I hate it when they do that! So now I just ignore them.

Omgirl said...

Hahaha! Oh man. I got suckered into buying the fingernail buffer and lotion a couple of years ago. Guess how many times I've used it? NEVER. Seriously. It's in my bathroom cabinet collecting dust. so now whenever they try their snag line, "Can I ask you a question?" I just look right at them and say, "No" and keep walking. I don't feel bad about it at all! They are willing to use any tactic they can to sell, so I'm OK with using whatever tactic I can to get away, including being blunt.

Sher said...

Ba hahaa! It's sooo true!

When I can see these guys about to approach me in the mall, I usually start mumbling maniacly to my imaginary friend as I walk past.
That usually scares 'em off.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

LOL! Seriously! I avoid eye contact and veer away as much as possible.

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