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post #31 of 39
Hermes Paris sales staff is incredibly polite, I overheard a Japanese tourist attempting to negotiate with some enthusiasm, sounds like that does not happen.
post #32 of 39
Hermes does have a sale coming up the 22nd-24th I believe
post #33 of 39
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Originally Posted by Frog in Suit View Post

"Posher than Hermès" ??? I do not believe for one instant that such a thing exists laugh.gif.

My -- limited -- experience of Hermès sales staff (only in Paris) is that they are unfailingly polite. Mind you, I do not make a habit of ruffling salesmen's feathers when I shop.

Frog in Suit

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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

Hermes Paris sales staff is incredibly polite, I overheard a Japanese tourist attempting to negotiate with some enthusiasm, sounds like that does not happen.

Out of curiosity, which Paris store? I find the staff in the main St. Honore store a bit snippy and off-putting but found the St. Germain neighborhood store to be much, much friendlier and more helpful (it's also an incredibly cool store layout).
post #34 of 39
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Originally Posted by Frog in Suit View Post

"Posher than Hermès" ??? I do not believe for one instant that such a thing exists laugh.gif.

Richard James
post #35 of 39
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Originally Posted by meimeichen View Post

oh really? I think it is impossible to negotiate with any designer brands.

I've you're a mainlander buying designer in bulk, you'll haggle.
post #36 of 39
I was at the store on st Germain, I have not been to the Hermes store on st honore just yet.
post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Hermes does have a sale coming up the 22nd-24th I believe

 

Is this sale at stores only or also online? What does the sale include?
post #38 of 39
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Originally Posted by David Reeves View Post

Well I haven't worked for Hermes but I did work for Prada and I can tell you we sold boat loads of wallets everyday, in London's bond street. As a manager I would never normally think to authorize a discount on such a small purchase. Buying things from these stores may seem expensive to you but if they do, you really aren't a typical customer, it's really just not a big deal for them to sell even 10 wallets to you.

As a time pressed manager I may have given you 10% off to get you out of my face though, so you could be annoying and persistent with a manager, but is it worth the loss of dignity? For me it wouldn't be.

I would say if your dropping 5k+ you could probably get 10%

Even then you may not though. I was working at a very posh shop (won't say which but more high end than hermes) doing pinning for alterations for a salesman (I did sales as well but I could actually pin garments). I had this chap who was clearly some American CEO type, he bought 3 very expensive suits and lots of shirts and ties. When he got to the register he asked the sales guy very nicely if there was any discount he could get. The salesman looked at him literally like he was shit and said "discount? Discount?! Elton John gets discount! He buys everything in the store twice a year my friend! This shop clerk on $25000 per anum made this big shot feel like a loser.

Of course that was an outrageous response, about twenty minutes later we got a phone call with the guy wanting to talk to me. He asked if I just did the tailoring and I said no, then he said he'd like to deal with me in the future.

some story you got:nodding:
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

I was at the store on st Germain, I have not been to the Hermes store on st honore just yet.

Yes, the staff was by far the most helpful there. They were quite helpful at the store near the Arc de Triomphe as well, but less conversational due to language barrier (those at St. G spoke English fluently, those at AdT a bit less so and I don't speak any French). In my experience, completely different world than St. Honore, largely because neither of those stores likely sees the same volume of tourists overwhelming staff.
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