I like to make sure what I pay for is in good condition.

@mermaidivy (15415)
United States
April 5, 2011 2:05pm CST
I created a discussion last week about I bought a new hangbag, for whatever reason mylot deleted it but anyway I wanted to share my experience of shopping with you. I was picking a handbag at a department store, I was looking for a leather hangbag, I was debatnig on a lamb leather one or the Italian one so I looked through all the bags first then I started to pick them up, feel the bag, sniff the bag, check the inside and everything, so there was a lady stared at me like 'what are you doing lady?' but I want to make sure the bag is nice and in good condition. I don't think I would be the only one doing that, for people who is intersted in shopping would do that right? What do you think about this?
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• Canada
5 Apr 11
I do exactly the same as you :) I guess I learned how to shop from my mother ... she would always pick up the item, look for any damage to it, stains on it, etc. In the case of a handbag, she would have checked that the strap was secure and that there was no damage to the leather. She also would have looked inside. My mom was one of those people that never selected the first handbag on the display or the top item of clothing on a shelf. She would go deeper to find one that had been "less handled" by other customers. My sister and I both picked up most of her little habits and still do them today. There isn't anything wrong with wanting to be sure you are getting an item in top condition... it's what you are paying for, if you are buying new.
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@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
5 Apr 11
I'm just like your mom so when I go shopping, I prefer going with my sister because she won't mind spending time with me like that, somebody mihgt call that behavior a pain though.
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• Canada
5 Apr 11
Oh yes, my dad called my mom a pain all the time for that He used to hate shopping with her because she took so long - and a lot of times, she wouldn't buy anything at all, even if he took her to get something she needed. She shopped the same way, even in the grocery store. She was pretty frugal (another trait I acquired from her) as only my father worked outside the home so she was shopping for a family of four with just his income. It got to the point that he wouldn't shop with her anymore... he would either drive her to the store and go back later and pick her up or he would sit in the car and listen to the radio while she shopped.
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@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
5 Apr 11
Yeah... I think it is very common for guys not like to shop with women. My husband doesn't like shopping at all and of course he doens't like to shop with me. I understand that though because I don't think shopping is really a guy thing.
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@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
7 Apr 11
I think we all wanted to make sure that every thing that we buy is in good condition and is worth the money we spent. There's no use in buying something if its not in good condition. If you buy something and then realize that its a in good condition then better take it back to the supermarket and exchange it with something else.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
7 Apr 11
• Ecuador
6 Apr 11
Well I don't think that is bad to do what you did! If you appreciate your money, and feel to buy something that you really want, so you'll try to make sure that you're buying something that really worths it!... I do the same as you, maybe not looking so thoroughly, but at least make sure that the item do not have major defects. I'd suggest you to keep doing it, because is the only way to be sure about your purchase before doing it. In addition you avoid problems later if defective.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
6 Apr 11
Right, that's exactly what I meant.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
6 Apr 11
I am very thorough when deciding whether to buy something and as long as it doesn’t damage the item I don’t see anything wrong with checking everything to be sure you want to purchase it. If the bag you bought had something wrong with it you would be within your rights to return it so you are within your right to ensure it is fine.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
6 Apr 11
Good thing we can return things here.
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@jjgreen (20)
• China
6 Apr 11
Maybe most of people will do what you have done in this situation.They just want to make sure what they buy is satisfying and avoid the possible unnecessary returning to change.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
6 Apr 11
@devijay78 (1575)
• India
6 Apr 11
I do check whether it has any damage or not but I definitely do not smell it. Have not thought of doing it till now even if it is leather. And now that my sense of smell has gone down so much, I can hardly smell anything without keeping it near my nose and it would look very awkward unless I am buying perfumes or some other stuff associated with smell.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
6 Apr 11
I like the smell of the leather, I sniff it and feel it to determine whether it is good leather or not.
@SIMPLYD (81714)
• Philippines
6 Apr 11
As a customer, we have every right to scrutinize what we are buying. As in your case, of course you have to do those things so as to determine if it's really a leather or just a faux one. It's your call to do that, as long as you are doing it in a careful manner, then the sales lady don't have to ask you that.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
6 Apr 11
I was glad that there wasn't a salelady following me, I appreciate their servicebut I would ask if I needed help.
@HelloMickey (1663)
• Hong Kong
6 Apr 11
I haven't been here for a while, so I don't know mylot has deleted your post, it seem like no harm at all. I would do the same. What a coincidence! I just bought a new handbag last Saturaday, I might not check every bags in the shop, but I would only feel the bag, pick the bag that I like the most, I bought the bag within 10 minutes as the bag is exactly what I am looking for.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
6 Apr 11
I was very happy to meet the bagthat I bought, when I saw it, I was just attracted to the color, I like the felt of it, I liked the style, I took quite a while to look through other bag but when I saw that one, I knew that was the one I wanted to buy!
@dlpierce (489)
• United States
5 Apr 11
I see nothing wrong with checking items out good before you buy them. I hate buying something only to get it home and find out it's damaged or it wasn't made as good as I thought it was. I don't like having to return things.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
5 Apr 11
I don't like returning things very much either but it's better to return then buying non returnable things.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
5 Apr 11
well, i do most of my shopping at thrift stores so i carefully look at the item before i buy it all the time. you never know! even when you are shopping at regular stores.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
5 Apr 11
Yes especially if we shop at the thrift store, I don't particularly like thrift shop but I would like to look at the furnitures.
• United States
5 Apr 11
Yes and I do it out of habit. I stretch and pull to make sure all the seams are nicely sewn too. I do like you am in the habit of sniffing things it is an instant reaction I have almost as if I can tell the quality of most anything by doing this.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
5 Apr 11
My husband thinks I'm strange when I sniff things before I buy it. But that is my habit when shopping.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
5 Apr 11
I don't know about smelling it, but I would want to check it out and make sure there were no knicks and cuts and stuff like that in it that I would not want. Especially if the bag is expensive, I would want to make sure that it is of really good quality first.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
5 Apr 11
I would be sick to my stomach if the bag was damaged when I bought it home just becase I did't check through it when I was at the store.
@DanaS2011 (352)
• United States
5 Apr 11
You did the right thing in my eyes because its your money and when you purchase the item it will be yours
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
5 Apr 11
Exactly
@onlydia (2808)
• United States
5 Apr 11
I don't do that as I make sure it is in good condition but everything else no. I'm more of the it is good and I buy and gone. I hate shopping for purses. that could be why. LOL
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
5 Apr 11
Oh I love shopping so that doesn't bother me, I would spend lots of time on picking a good one
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
5 Apr 11
hello ivy, Of course,when buying things we need to make sure that it's in good condition. We are buying it anyway and not asking it for free. This is normal scenery in department stores as salesladies always approaches us like we are not sure of what we are looking for
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
5 Apr 11
Some salesladies get mad if they see we pick through the products like that but I won't put them down all over the place, I know it would make the job difficult.
• United States
6 Apr 11
I have neve done thisbuying a bag. I have inspected jeans for holes and tears thought. I inspect shirt collors for bed bugs too. You never know whwere you will pick those nasty things up at.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
6 Apr 11
Yes i throughly check out bags when i buy them.