Time wasting people

@kevin1877uk (36985)
February 17, 2017 2:48pm CST
Time wasting people I don’t really get some people who will go to great lengths to waste your time. Someone sent me a message via email (not through my Etsy store, which was ok) about an item in my store, although the item wasn’t really how they needed but asked if I could change a few things, which I did and sent them the photos, 3 times. Some 20 plus emails later they are still, going over the same things, they can’t see the photos for some reason or another and asked about the price several times even though I’ve answered them. Sometimes I’m too kind and wanting to help people for my own good. Early today I emailed them saying to contact me via my store and store only. Do you even have people wasting your time over something? What do you do when it happens to you when people waste your time, maybe it never happens to you, maybe it’s just me.
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@Morleyhunt (19261)
• Canada
17 Feb 17
It's called, dealing with the public. You just gave me a great subject.
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• United States
17 Feb 17
"Dealing With the Public: Your Personal Roadmap to Not Committing Murder Today."
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
17 Feb 17
Long forward to reading what you have to say.
@kevin1877uk (36985)
17 Feb 17
@owlandbutterfly Sound a good title :)
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• United States
17 Feb 17
Things like that do drive me crazy especially when you're trying to accommodate them. I think you did the smart thing about having them contact you through the store from now on.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
17 Feb 17
Thank you, Marilyn, I agree, I tried everything I could possibly do, as always I go the extra mile in trying to help.
@TheHorse (74645)
• Walnut Creek, California
18 Feb 17
Agreed.
@JudyEv (140715)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Feb 17
I'm sure many people never read their emails right through. And rather than search for your previous email they prefer to just ask the questions again. Very annoying.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
Yes, I agree Judy they don't and very annoying, having to go over what you have said and resend photos and so on.
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• United States
18 Feb 17
I hate when that happens. I have a potential buyer on an app I am selling ask me questions and after asking 101 questions, I have not heard from her in two days. What a waste of time, at least tell me thanks or something!
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
I agree totally Michelle, I guess we get those people in life which is annoying at the best of times.
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• United States
18 Feb 17
@kevin1877uk Yes totally! But I'm not a fan of those types of people. Or if they are flakers just accept it and apologize for time wasted so you don't have to wait on them!
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
@infatuatedbby Same here too, I don't go wasting other people time. You are better off without those people in your life.
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@Drosophila (16694)
• Ireland
18 Feb 17
arg that must be super annoying.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
It can be, never had it happen before so I don't understand why they had problems with seeing the photos I sent three times or the pricing, to me they just didn't look or want to or maybe they did but kept on asking, which in turn was waste my time. Oh well never mind, if they are wanting to continue then they will have to use Etsy from now on as I won't be answering any more messages from them. Anyways, Wendy how are you, how is Dublin, lovely and sunny here in Plymouth YAY.
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@Drosophila (16694)
• Ireland
19 Feb 17
@kevin1877uk did you hear back again? going good, still raining
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
19 Feb 17
@Drosophila No, I've not heard back from them, I said to only contact me via Etsy from now on and not heard a word lol. Looks like rain here, the sun was out this morning but by lunch time it had clouded over.
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• United States
17 Feb 17
Yeah, I had a few customers like that this week in the store. I think that's a bit worse than dealing with them over email, personally... can't roll your eyes and put them off when they're standing right there in front of you. There comes a point where it starts seeming like they're being willfully obtuse, though... Hope they decide to buy and make the hassle worth it for you.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
17 Feb 17
Thank you, Lynn, only time will well, I don't like being firm with people and I always go the extra mile to help and make sure things are right and to their needs. I think it's worse being face to face with someone, then again body language says a lot and that something you don't have via email.
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• United States
18 Feb 17
@kevin1877uk That's very true. Nothing like having a customer getting in your face because they don't understand the concept of the amount they paid on a gift card and the amount charged to their debit card equaling a grand total...
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
@owlandbutterfly Lol it must be so annoying, just take a deep breath.
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@valmnz (13168)
• New Zealand
18 Feb 17
Yes, there are a lot of people out there like that, who seem to like nothing better than to ask time wasting questions. They have nothing better to do!
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
I totally agree, I'm sure it doesn't take much, few emails and they should have all the details they need, can't be any more easy than that unless I'm totally missing something.
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@valmnz (13168)
• New Zealand
18 Feb 17
@kevin1877uk probably they have no intention of buying and are laughing their heads off at making you run around in circles for them!
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
@valmnz You could well be right
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@carebear29 (28883)
• Wausau, Wisconsin
17 Feb 17
i agree
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
17 Feb 17
Thank you :)
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@carebear29 (28883)
• Wausau, Wisconsin
18 Feb 17
@kevin1877uk anytime
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
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• Chennai, India
18 Feb 17
Though I do not sell anything, I rarely have seen time delays when something which I had ordered had taken more than the usual time to reach me. Recently I ordered a refrigerator, the salesman at the store suggested the item would be delivered right the next day after the day of my purchase. But I had to wait for a week to get it.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
Thank you, I guess sometimes you do have to wait for things to be delivered
• United States
18 Feb 17
that's exactly why i charge a deposit to change products on zazzle.too many people play that game with artists of all types.and i'm done with time wasters like that.they have you alter something multiple times and then disappear.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
You are on Zazzle, me too. Good idea, that was the first one but I'm sure I will have many more in time.
@much2say (40878)
• United States
18 Feb 17
Ugh. It's a bit stickier with business too, just because they are always potential customers and they might spread word about your business - good or bad. Oh yes, I have people who waste my time all the time . . . they are either inefficient listeners or they are too lazy to go find out things on their own.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
That is so true they could be very good customers who spread the word.
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@Asylum (48215)
• Manchester, England
17 Feb 17
People do try wasting my time occasionally, but as soon as it becomes obvious I simply cease responding.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
17 Feb 17
I totally agree, Barry, don't blame you.
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@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
17 Feb 17
sounds like they are super picky, and time to say, either buy it or dont and move on
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
17 Feb 17
I totally agree Jess, you never had any problems when you have been it touch with me so I personally don't understand this person who seems to be having problems, it doesn't make sense to me. Yes either buy or don't one or the other.
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@dodo19 (34280)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
17 Feb 17
It's frustrating when this happens. It can be tiresome to have to explain the same thing over and over again. I don't understand some people.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
17 Feb 17
It sure can be, I do either.
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@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
17 Feb 17
Big Pet Peeve. Both online and offline. Personally expecting you to change something so you do and then they act as if you have not done like they wish and keep on wanting you to change it and then never want to buy any of them. Big waste of time, and usually I end up having to Block them if online and if in person I just tell them Sorry if you can't buy what is here, I cannot help you.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
17 Feb 17
Thank you, I totally agree.
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Feb 17
I have noit experienced that but I can see how it could get rea;lly annoying indeed.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
17 Feb 17
I personally don't understand them, I've never had any problems in the past, I just think they are happy to keep waste time in emailing me and more the fool I am in emailing back that is until NOW.
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• United States
18 Feb 17
Oh yeah just do the store from now on Kevin. That is a load of old billocks for sure. No I won't let people waste my time.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
Thank you, Roz, I totally agree with you, saying they couldn't see the photos and then asking for the price, like if I was going to change my mind or something. If they are wanting to continue then they would need to be contacting me via my Etsy store and Etsy only, as you know I don't mind people messaging me, I do welcome it, but there are limits. If they were to use Etsy it's linked to my mobile phone with the Etsy app and I can get back to them within minutes if I'm not asleep. Oh well Roz, not to worry. How are you anyways?
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• United States
18 Feb 17
@kevin1877uk Alright soldiering on thanks my friend. I hope the day goes better for you or rather evening there..poor Kev, you are so tolerant about this. I would finish with them on the first two messages lol
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
@TiarasOceanView Thank you Roz, glad you are ok, yes maybe a good idea to do that lol.
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@Happy2BeMe (75441)
• Canada
18 Feb 17
I get that a lot at my job. You bend over backwards to please them and nothing is ever right. Then they complain about cost and after all the time and effort they will change their mind and not want it. It is frustrating .
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
Oh dear sorry to hear, yes it's very annoying and frustrating.
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@Happy2BeMe (75441)
• Canada
18 Feb 17
@kevin1877uk it is all a part of the job I guess
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
@Happy2BeMe Yes that is true.
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18 Feb 17
I think, If anybody waste your, certainly one is wasting their own time too... This kind of people never success in their life....
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
I agree with you.
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25 Feb 17
@kevin1877uk Great...
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@MALUSE (45760)
• Uzbekistan
18 Feb 17
There are many possible explanations. It's a way of attracting attention. Maybe they have nobody to communicate with. Or they're mentally unstable.
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@kevin1877uk (36985)
18 Feb 17
Thank you, you could well be right.