The sale season is in and so are our paycheques.
Thus comes that time of the year when flitting through shopping malls lit-up alleys laden with the latest fashion wear suddenly becomes more alluring than painstakingly browsing through the e-tail circuit’s discount clothing options on the smartphone. While the proverbial salesman is expected to impersonate qualities like pleasant temper and unfailing patience to cater to the impulse-driven gimmicks of an enthused shopper, there are incidences when it becomes difficult to handle the tantrums of lousy customers — something that prompts us to rethink the basics of modern civility.
There are five shopping etiquette rules to help keep the common manners-related conundrums of retail at bay…
1) Keep calm and be polite to everyone:
Salespeople are at your service, but certainly not telepathically. Try not to be rude to them. Being hysterical and making them run errands for silly things may be a bad idea during the already chaotic sale season. Don’t pause to ogle mannequins for too long (particularly, near the entrance). Make way for co-shoppers.
2) Don’t pick a size XS if yours is M:
It’s often the case — the smallest size of a garment gets picked the fastest. So, don’t carry an XS to the trial room when you know that your billowing paunch will not allow you to squeeze into anything smaller than an M or a L. This etiquette holds true in the reverse order too.
3) Keep your trips to the fitting room short and quick:
Unfortunately, the number of trial rooms don’t double during the discount season. So, galloping in and out of one just to make sure everyone in the family has a glance of you in the new outfit can be annoying for others queuing up in the corridor. Take your own decision eventually, it’s just a piece of cloth.
4) Quality check is wise, but don’t pull a Sherlock act:
Scrutinising the fabric for stains, tears or other damage is advisable. But understand that these clothes have been hanging on the shop racks for quite some time, so fussing over the intensity of a dirty hem, lipstick or foundation mark is a waste of time. Not happy, move over to the next.
5) When at the billing counter, make it fast:
This is the most dreaded zone during the sale season, as the lines seem never ending. Add to it the technical snags and other gaffes by the salespersons. Keep your cash/ card ready and don’t wait until you reach the counter to tunnel inside your bag and delay the process. When in the queue, avoid phone calls, grumbling over petty things or day dreaming.