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post #136 of 144
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Originally Posted by cwh812 View Post

I think you guys are pulling our legs here. Selling $10 million worth of clothes in one year? That is approx. $27K per day. I understand you might have a good day where you might clear $100k with a high roller, but to say that happens once a week is just unbelievable. I can give you a couple million or maybe even $5 million, but $10 million is just ridiculous.

Please read what I wrote then consider formulating a response that is relevant.

Eustace, this may be mind blowing to you, but highly educated professionals are not the only people on the planet making good salaries. As mentioned in my experience 10m in sales is not typical, but not every doctor makes 500K and not trader at GS makes 2M, but it's not impossible.
post #137 of 144
Of course though 10 million is really, really a lot. It's truly exceptional, It's the most I have heard of, but 2-3 million in sales for "regular" staff at a high end store sounds about right.
post #138 of 144
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post


Eustace, this may be mind blowing to you, but highly educated professionals are not the only people on the planet making good salaries. As mentioned in my experience 10m in sales is not typical, but not every doctor makes 500K and not trader at GS makes 2M, but it's not impossible.

 

Not my point at all, but nice work twisting my words to suit yourself.

post #139 of 144
Sorry, I reread your posts. The tone of this thread in general is raising my blood pressure. The bottom line to my point is that, yes, these people can make a good living and it's not comparable to the part-time department store job that most are comparing it to.
post #140 of 144
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

do you say this as a fact from industry knowledge, or this is your belief.

This is a fact for some same band boutiques, though policies vary depend on the "vibe" of the boutique. Some boutiques require that their SAs wear the signature pieces, and essentially issue a uniform, which changes out frequently, and which the SAs get to keep. Others have clothing allowance, but are still required to mix in the signature pieces and wear the clothing in a particular manner and fit.
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post #142 of 144
Retail SA gets clothing allowance every few months/season(about once every 3/4 months). There could be a probation period (RL stores 3 months) where you will not receive any clothing allowance. The stores wants you to be a model for their cloths.
post #143 of 144
I can assure you I make nothing close to a doctor, dentist, etc.....They are all my clients, but I do not make nearly as much as them.

There is also no one selling 10 million a year, out of any store in the U.S with any sort of consistency. Perhaps an SA hit that in the boom year, by luck....Say a guy at harry winston who happened to get multiple million dollar sales or a personal shopper with a fantastic book? The number of SA's hitting 5 million a year in sales in the US has got to be less then 25 total.

Hermes is pulled commission so the wall street store does not do nearly as well as the Madison store, so they might have one SA doing 2 mil, and 3 or 4 doing between 1 and 1.5 million...Either way their hourly + bonus from the commission is probably going to top out at 100k, at most.

I have had friends work at various tom ford stores, I can't say what their pay structure is like, and the price point is very high, But again, I think a top sales associate there is selling 3 mil a year tops, again, I won't say how much they make off that.

My passion is clothing. I spend a large percentage of my income on it. I made more money 7+ years ago in the IT industry than i do today, and it has allowed me to spend more on clothing than most of my peers. I am the only one in my line of work that has this story, the poster who commented that you meet a lot of people who migrate to this line of work have family money or married well is some what correct.

The stores will never pay enough to shop there. I've worked at a few stores, and the bottom line is with generous discounts you can usually shop there, but for the average joe who has bills to pay and doesn't have the benefit of a wealthy spouse or parents to contribute, it is hard to buy a lot of the products. Some stores pretty much have to provide a uniform as they can't risk a sales person showing up in less than fashionable clothing attempting to sell suiting or high priced jewelry.
post #144 of 144
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

Sorry, I reread your posts. The tone of this thread in general is raising my blood pressure. The bottom line to my point is that, yes, these people can make a good living and it's not comparable to the part-time department store job that most are comparing it to.

+1

The Nordstrom nearby has more than a dozen selling $1 mi+l/year. Those in Women's shoes/salon shoes for example make 10% base commission plus bonus commission for beating goals, profit sharing etc. They make a good 150k+ at least.
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