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Do you trust female sales associates?

FidelCashflow

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Just curious what everyone's thoughts on female sales associates at menswear stores is. I'm always a bit leery since they can't have any first-hand experience with the products themselves. Perhaps I'm judging unfairly, but sometimes I have the suspicion that they're less interested in the products, and more interested in getting me to buy lots of stuff (because according to them, everything I try on looks amazing on me.)

It also bothers me a bit when they try to use their subtle womanly powers of persuasion to sell stuff. I've noticed EVERY time I've been in a nice men's clothing store, if there is a female sales associate who wants to sell me something, she will make sure to gently touch my arm when she's talking to me and asking me if I need any help.

Maye I'm paranoid or unfair, but I just find I trust a guy (preferably an older guy) as to a woman when it comes to menswear.
 

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i tried to buy some black label cologne today at macy's; the saleswoman handed me a ralph lauren: polo cologne bottle that was black.
i then told her it's not just a black bottle but a specific black label bottle; she dismissed me quickly with an air of embarrassment covered by arrogance.
 

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I generally don't trust sales associates at all. Much less female ones selling menswear.
 

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I don't mind female sales associates because 95% of the time I pretty much know what I want... So, I just aasume thier help to speed along the transaction, and let them tell me I look good in the process.
 

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They're all probably earning a commission for it so it makes sense they'll lie with their teeth in order to sell you lots of stuff. It doesn't matter whether it's men or women, though men can be less false in my opinion.

By the way, I remember reading an article about how, to some people, if they were touched on the arm or the elbow by a stranger they would get a higher degree of trust with them. It's a psychological trigger, I'm not sure how aware or unware that woman was when she did it. I know how it feels like to have a hot chick telling you how great you are and how that does to the ego but you just have to develop an inner self-conscience and look calmly to the mirror and reflect if you feel right with the clothes you're wearing
 

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^

You're right on with that psychological trigger business. I mentioned it because I know they are all trained to do it. It triggers trust, plus guys go ga-ga over an attractive woman getting close to them and touching them.

On an episode of southpark where the kids go to hooters, one waitress explained to a trainee "that simple touch can be the difference between a $5 tip and a $50 tip."

Now that I know how it's supposed to work, I instantly think "she's trying to play me" whenever it happens.
 

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it doesn't bother me that their trying to cross-sell, a man would do the same, but in a much more forceful manner. i would prefer to turn down a female associate rather than a combative male associate. you have a good point about first-hand experience with the products, but for returns and exchanges, female clerks are probably likely to be more generous. if cross-selling bothered you, it's best not to enter a store to begin with, because it will happen regardless of who is working.

plus, a female is better able to give their perspective on what looks nice and what doesn't. if i am buying expensive clothes, i want to look nice to females, not males.
 

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Originally Posted by Composer_1777
I trust them , If they are hot.

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I don't trust them, they are usually only interested in sex.

There's a store that I work for that employs some lovely looking sales assistants but they also have first had experience wearing the shirts and cufflinks. So it helps.
 

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Originally Posted by FidelCashflow
On an episode of southpark where the kids go to hooters, one waitress explained to a trainee "that simple touch can be the difference between a $5 tip and a $50 tip."

I am on particularly high-guard when I go there for just that reason. Clearly, it would be impossible for a Hooter's girl to be attracted to some of us.
 

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Hooters girls are so dumb, i don't see how it's possible for any guy to like them. I have the unfortunate pleasure of hanging out with them from time to time, since my buddies girl is one.
 

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Originally Posted by Composer_1777
Hooters girls are so dumb, i don't see how it's possible for any guy to like them. I have the unfortunate pleasure of hanging out with them from time to time, since my buddies girl is one.

The last one I met was smoking hot in a white-trashy kinda way. I never buy their sympathy stories about saving for school or a broken home or whatever. I don't think I've been there in about four years.
 

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It's worst when it's the disgusting older salesladies, the ones who reek with stale perfume and lavishly adorned themselves with jewelry (failed ambition as actress?). I will avoid these like Monica Lewinsky's old underwear.


Originally Posted by FidelCashflow
Just curious what everyone's thoughts on female sales associates at menswear stores is. I'm always a bit leery since they can't have any first-hand experience with the products themselves. Perhaps I'm judging unfairly, but sometimes I have the suspicion that they're less interested in the products, and more interested in getting me to buy lots of stuff (because according to them, everything I try on looks amazing on me.)

It also bothers me a bit when they try to use their subtle womanly powers of persuasion to sell stuff. I've noticed EVERY time I've been in a nice men's clothing store, if there is a female sales associate who wants to sell me something, she will make sure to gently touch my arm when she's talking to me and asking me if I need any help.

Maye I'm paranoid or unfair, but I just find I trust a guy (preferably an older guy) as to a woman when it comes to menswear.
 

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Originally Posted by mafoofan Jr.
It's worst when it's the disgusting older salesladies, the ones who reek with stale perfume and lavishly adorned themselves with jewelry (failed ambition as actress?). I will avoid these like Monica Lewinsky's old underwear.


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