I am always confidently aggressive and self assured with sales representatives, almost to the point where it may come across as rude. I feel that in most places, particularly high end, it makes for a more effective experience. If I'm ready to make a purchase or looking for something in particular, and notice that I'm not getting attention, I generally command rather than ask.. "do me a favor, get me.." rather than, "excuse me sir, when you get a chance could you.." Trust me, if one guy doesn't have the chance, he'll get somebody else to help you. Being assertive lets them know that you are a serious buyer and also puts you in control, so they are less likely to try to take advantage of you. If they see that you are a more intimidated shopper, they will either likely ignore you, or, if it's an aggressive sales consultant, try to push a purchase on you.
Now, after you develop a relationship with your sales consultant (usually this comes after you buy something ), then you don't need to be as aggressive anymore.. I am on a first name basis with my sales consultants, and know at least one in every boutique that I shop at..
Edited by newyorknoir - 7/18/12 at 4:13am