I believe shopping can be fun. So many people just rush in and out without stopping to enjoy the experience. It is true that shopping nowadays can be painful because of the high cost of living but there are still pleasant things to enjoy.
The first thing to bear in mind when shopping, is to choose the best time. If you are shopping for clothes, it’s best to see it in natural light. So take a daytime trip to the store.
It’s not a good idea to be the first customer as there might still be some opening procedures being done that will distract the clerks from giving you any assistance.
I also find that going too early can be a distraction as the clerks are not really at their best so early in the day.
They might have just gotten to work after a long commute and they haven’t found their rhythm as yet.
If you shop too near to closing time that’s another problem. Store clerks are tired and they can’t leave until you do. They usually start shaking their keys and giving you some pointed stares as closing time approaches. This can lead to the customer feeling uncomfortable and making a quick decision to buy something that she will regret later.
So the best time to shop is after lunch or mid morning, as the store clerks should be alert and be able to give you any needed assistance.
Ask about the next Sale
If you also see something that you like that isn’t on sale, don’t hesitate to ask when the next sale will be and make plans to visit the store at that time. Often the clerks might not know about the timing of future sales so ask a manager for the information.
Check Sale Items Carefully
Before buying discounted items, check to ensure they are not damaged. Often the items on sale are shop worn as they have been on display for a long time.
As a result they could become discoloured or look worn. If you think the damage is slight and easily fixed then use it to negotiate a lower price for the item.
Shopping can be fun! So how do you make the most of your shopping?
Let me hear from you!
Teri Ann Renee Paisley
Gleaner online writer