Don’t you just hate when salespeople try to pull the wool over your eyes?
A couple of weeks ago, I was in Department Store “A” and stumbled upon a bottle of perfume I had on my To Buy list.
It was marked below what I’d seen elsewhere, AND I had a 20 percent off coupon.
The logical thing would have been to buy it. Right. Then.
But I’m not always logical.
I thought Department Store “B” might have it on sale, too, and I was going there anyway, so I decided to check.
To my dismay, store B’s price, for the same sized bottle, was a good $20 more.
Pointing that out to the saleswoman, I halfheartedly hoped she’d offer to match it.
(Ever the optimist!)
Instead, she wrinkled up her nose and proceeded to inform me there was “a reason” for store A’s “cheap” price.
‘We get people coming in here all the time complaining they bought over there but our fragrances smell so much better,’ she told me. ‘Do you know why? They let their bottles sit on the shelves forever. So scents don’t smell the way they should. They’re old.’
Well, yes, I suppose stale fragrances don’t smell the way fresh ones do. But store A probably sells just as many bottles of cologne as store B — maybe more, considering the prices! — so I can’t imagine them “sitting on the shelves forever.”
At my hesitation, she offered, ‘I’ll give you 15 percent off.’ That would barely pay the sales tax.
When I paused again, she pressed, ‘Do you want it, or not?’
I should have left. Why I didn’t, I’ll never know.
Instead, I forked over my store card and made a purchase.
I’m happy to finally own something I’ve wanted for a while, but I’m not happy over the experience.
Have you ever bought something you came to regret?
June 6, 2014 — 36 inches
June 16, 2014 — 48 inches