Overly Aggressive Salespeople

United States
November 10, 2017 8:37pm CST
One of my biggest pet peeves when shopping is running into those overly aggressive salespeople. You probably know the type. They have booths in the middle of the store (or mall) and hound you anytime you walk past, whether you make eye contact or not. I always try to sneak past them and if they do notice me, tell them I'm not interested and then walk off before they can get another word in. I understand this is their job and they have to earn a living, but damn. Leave me alone. Walmart always has these third-party vendors set up right next to their discount movie bin in the electronics section. Which means I can't look for movies in that bin without them hounding me. My mom says she even avoids going into the electronics section altogether because they are such a nuisance. Yesterday I went to Walmart with my mom and sister, and we were down an aisle looking at picture frames. We were nowhere near those vendors' booths and thoughts of being pestered by them was far from my mind at that moment. So imagine my surprise when one wandered up and started in on her sales pitch! I was totally taken aback and angry that she would wander down an aisle to bother us while we were shopping. I quickly interrupted her with a curt "Sorry, we're not interested," and then she tried to switch tactics by complementing my sweatshirt, but I was already annoyed. It's bad enough having to avoid certain parts of the store so as not to run into them, but now they're wandering around preying on shoppers in other parts of the store, minding our own business? What the hell? I wish stores would stop letting these third-party vendors set up shop. I wonder if they're aware how annoying they are and that most shoppers do NOT appreciate being hounded by pushy salespeople. No, I am not interested in switching cell phone providers, or internet carriers, or cable packages, or whatever the hell they are selling. I wasn't interested the last time I was in the store, and I'm not interested now. Maybe I should start wearing a sign saying "Not Interested." Do you have to deal with pushy salespeople like this? How do you handle them?
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@AmbiePam (48681)
• United States
11 Nov
That sentiment is why a lot of stores no longer let Salvation Army bell ringers work in front of their stores during the Christmas season. Of course bell ringers are nothing like the pushy salespeople, but no one likes to feel they are being hounded.
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• United States
11 Nov
Some of those Salvation Army bell ringers are downright horrible, at least around here. A couple Christmases ago there was one who yelled at me that I was a horrible person for not donating and kept demanding why I wouldn't donate when I walked past without acknowledging him. I was broke at the time and didn't have any spare change on me, but regardless I don't feel like I need an excuse as to why I'm not donating. I used to always donate to them but after that I never will again.
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@AmbiePam (48681)
• United States
11 Nov
@Srbageldog I have gotten looks before and I want to say, lady I have already given twice to that bucket you just weren't the one to see me do it!
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• United States
11 Nov
@AmbiePam I don't remember the bell ringers being so inappropriate back when I was a kid (although maybe I just didn't notice.) Either that or the people they are hiring now just lack manners!
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@LadyDuck (152581)
• Switzerland
11 Nov
In the mall there are only a couple who want to convince you to switch cellphones or to change your mattress. I am very annoyed by them.
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• United States
13 Nov
That would annoy me too. We have the cellphone vendors and also people trying to sell beauty products. One girl once tried to "persuade" me to buy her products by informing me I had terribly dry skin...which just had the effect of angering me. Insulting people is not a good way to get them to buy your products!
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@LadyDuck (152581)
• Switzerland
13 Nov
@Srbageldog You are right, they push too much, they invent excuses to push you to buy products you do not need.
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@moffittjc (42215)
• Gainesville, Florida
12 Nov
If I am in a good mood when those vultures hound me, I'll play a game with them, and tell them things like "I am an undercover agent, I'm on duty right now so please don't disrupt my surveillance," or "I'm a secret shopper, and your overly aggressive sales tactics are going to score you lower ratings when I report back to your employer." And if I'm in a particular nasty or bad mood, I will just say to them point blank, "Get up out of my business before I punch you in the face." That always works! LOL
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• United States
13 Nov
Haha, that's fantastic! I should remember to use those lines.
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@moffittjc (42215)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Nov
@Srbageldog Good luck with coming up with some fun lines of your own! Or, you can borrow my lines if you want to! Whatever works!
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• United States
14 Nov
@moffittjc I will start coming up with some off the wall stuff to say to them...switch it up from "You have to ask my husband about that!" (My boyfriend always says he's going to use that excuse too...lol.) Maybe I'll start in on them about all my woes and make them regret talking to me!
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@marlina (72820)
• Canada
12 Nov
I tell them off right away and walk away.
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• United States
13 Nov
Good for you! Maybe if more of us did that, they'd get the hint and leave us alone.
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@marlina (72820)
• Canada
15 Nov
@Srbageldog I have no time to waste listening to aggressive and desperate salespeople.
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@Courtlynn (64470)
• United States
11 Nov
Our walmarts dont have them.. thank god. Thatd get so annoying.
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• United States
11 Nov
Ours has had them for at least the past 5 years...it is VERY annoying. Our 99 Cents Store recently started allowing them to set up shop in their store, too. They are stationed right at the front of the store so you're forced to pass by them when you walk in.
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@Courtlynn (64470)
• United States
11 Nov
@Srbageldog oh man
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@Ithink (10673)
• United States
11 Nov
Maybe you should complain to headquarters, maybe if people did they wouldn't allow them in to sell their stuff. I have been bothered maybe once. Hubby says I scare people off with a look .. lol
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• United States
11 Nov
I try to scare people off with my "leave me alone" look, but it doesn't always work! I have considered complaining. I wonder if our local store has any control over the vendors who set up shop there, or if I would need to complain to their corporate office.
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@Ithink (10673)
• United States
11 Nov
@Srbageldog I have had a lot of practice with the look with 8 kids! I don't know I would go and complain and see what they say. If they say it is corporate then Id complain there. It is ridiculous to have people bug you when shopping and looking around.
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@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
15 Nov
Yep I know exactly how you feel. Have you every been or talked to people that have been to some 3rd world countries where sales and bartering takes on a whole new meaning? And we think the mall is pushy!
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• United States
16 Nov
@Bluedoll YES! That is even worse!
@shivamani10 (11233)
• Hyderabad, India
11 Nov
How could they get entry in? This is important to know. Catch hold of the management that allowed such people inside causing embarrassment to the visitors.
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• United States
11 Nov
They set up booths inside the store, so I assume they have permission to be there. They really are a nuisance!
@Platespinner (16510)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Nov
My daughter and I seem to get the make-up kiosk salesperson line "let me guess, you're sisters?" everytime we walk through the mall. Do they seriously think we'll fall for that sort of transparent flattery? I'm 32 years older than my daughter.Yes, we clearly look like we are related, but NO one with an ounce of sense would think we are sisters. We both roll our eyes and keep walking.
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• United States
11 Nov
I hate when they use a form of flattery to try to reel you in. Although I once had a gal who was trying to sell skin care products respond with "Really? Your skin is really dry," when I told her I was not interested. That's not a good way to make a sale either.
• United States
11 Nov
Here's an experience... A while back on my apartment search ventures, I came across an apartment on craigslist that sounded like a perfect match... so I called the number, and the guy was very friendly at first talking about the place... then all of a sudden, he was trying to sell me access to their website service which is supposed to match people up with apartments and housing.. I was getting irate because I realized that the property that was posted probably didn't even exist and it was just a ploy to hear about their crappity crap rip off garbage. The guy said access is only $185 bucks/year.... WHAT?? I CAN SEARCH FOR APARTMENTS FOR FREE.... WHY DO YOU THINK I TOOK A GANDER ON CRAIGSLIST IN THE FIRST PLACE? (thought it... didn't actually say it). When I turned him down and said no thank you... he pauses for a second as if it wasn't the answer he wanted to hear... and had the nerve to say... "Why not??". BEEP... HUNG UP. Yes I do get easily frustrated with aggressive sales people, I'm sorry to hear you had to deal with one too!
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@andriaperry (48825)
• United States
11 Nov
I have learned to lie. Tell them thanks but I already got that, they leave me alone.
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• United States
11 Nov
I sometimes will use the line "Sorry, you have to talk to my husband about that" and then walk off. I told my boyfriend I use that line and he said he was going to start using it when they hound him too.
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