Shopping TipsPosted: May 29, 2012
As I was shopping this weekend (and seriously I say shopping in the loosest of terms as I bought nothing except for lunch for my gal pal and myself….oh and a notebook), a few things stood out. First, go with your instincts—I knew that the dress I had tried on was going to be IT. But besides that, go with your instincts about shops themselves.
Why? Oh boy. I went into a florist to see a book so I could get some ideas for flowers for my wedding. (Speaking of which, I don’t want to spend a fortune so we will be buying bulk and creating the arrangements and bouquets) The place was small and didn’t flow well. Unfortunately, I was not wowed by the service which could have saved it. I asked to see a book, was left waiting for about 5 minutes, and when she came back, it was to tell me that I needed to create an appointment. Really? I have to make an appointment to see a book? Then I was informed that they don’t have a book of any of the stuff they have done for weddings or any other big events. So…I was creating an appointment for what? No thank you. Instead we went to a supermarket and they had a book! I now have ideas. And that florist will not be getting my business.
Secondly, don’t settle for something you know you are not going to be happy with. Every time I have, it either doesn’t get used; breaks or I give it away. Even worse? I buy it, am not happy with it but am not able to return it because I lost the receipt or whatever. (That just happened with a DVD player that we bought a few weeks ago.) Instead, don’t buy it! They don’t have what you want? But have something that kind of matches but it is NOT what you were looking for? Chances are if you leave the store, go look on line or wait just a bit, you will find something you will be happy with. That DVD player is now a $20 paperweight. It works but not as good as the one we thought was broken. Don’t buy a XXX amount paperweight. And if you do buy it? Pay attention to return policies, keep all packaging and the receipt. Don’t be afraid to get your money back!