It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeaaarrrr! Well, almost but people are definitely already out doing some holiday shopping, myself included and Black Friday is just a couple of weeks out. It can be a stressful time of year but a lot of fun with everyone out looking for that perfect gift for a loved one and getting caught up in the hustle and bustle. It really kills the mood for shoppers and customer service associates when people are out behaving like fools. I post something along these lines every year but here are some things to keep in my mind for a pleasant shopping experience.
This might be a personal idiosyncrasy but I like to map out all of the places that I need to go, find out when they open and hit them early. Sure, it doesn’t always work but at least I have a general idea of where I am going so I am not just aimlessly driving around.
You’re probably going to stand in line at most places, you already know this so be prepared. If lines aren’t for you, then shop online.
Coupons often times have exclusions, all shoppers should acquaint themselves with the fine print before they get to the register. If the cashier tells you that the coupon doesn’t apply, that’s the end of the conversation. Don’t ask them if they can override the register or apply a partial amount or if there are any other coupons that can be used. Retailers can be strict about their coupon policies, that fine print is there for a reason and making it the cashier’s problem is rude. JCPenney for one, fires associates for stacking coupons, sharing coupons between customers or applying a coupon to products that don’t qualify for a discount – don’t put someone in a position where they could lose their job. Also, have coupons ready and in hand to avoid delays.
If the stores that you are planning to shop at have an app – definitely download it! You can get app exclusive coupons, check store inventory, look at all of the sales being offered and much more.
Having worked a number of Black Fridays, I know that retailers are shipped a finite amount of the best deals and that there simply aren’t more in the back. That being said, ask if an item can be ordered for you at the sale price. Sometimes they can, sometimes they can’t but just ask!
I think that ultimately, everyone wants to have a fun shopping experience. A smile or thank you can go a long way and it doesn’t require much effort.
If you just can’t hack it, then shop online! You don’t have to go anywhere, most retailers offer free shipping and your shit gets delivered right to you.
Who doesn’t love shopping for gifts!?
A good shopping experience is as much on the consumer as it is the customer service associates, a little respect goes a long way. I haven’t even looked at any Black Friday ads, let me know what’s on your list!