We are closer to Christmas now and this is going to be happening even more so I have a bit of a rant to share today but please bear with me because I believe that this needs to stop. Have you ever walked into a shopping centre and been swarmed by sales people that want to rub creams on your hands and buff your nails? Yeah, I think we all have and if you haven’t – you’re doing something right and please teach me how you have managed to get this far in life without this happening to you. I need to point out its not only skin/nail care as a few years back there was a makeup brand that claimed to be better than Bobbi Brown doing the same thing but they seem to have died a slow death. Anyway, I digress, each time, the sales pitch is similar, “Oh look at how beautiful *insert part of your body here* is, do you know that if you use *insert over priced item here* that your skin/body/hair will be even more beautiful?”. The most amazing things about these sales pitches is how much the sales person genuinely “likes” you and can almost drop 75% off the price as long as you don’t tell anyone else. I kid you not, a product that normally retails for R2,100 and if you buy it today and promise to use it, you can buy for R450 – but don’t tell anyone about it. STOP RIGHT THERE. That intially upsets me. A price should be the price. When I buy good quality products I am not interesting in bartering with the sales person. My skin is worth more than flea market tactics of sales. I know about my skincare. I use quality products. When you mention this to them they look at you say “… but *insert brands name here that they are trying to sell* is 100% organic/nautual/made of diamonds and is better for your skin than *whatever good well known brand you just mentioned to them that you use and love*.”.
I am NOT sold. Secondly, I am NOT interested. The products retail online for half the price of the original price you tried to tell me.
Let me tell you about what happened to me after doing grocery shopping the other day. The day before this I had gone for a second peel and my skin had flared up slightly and I had a lot of spots. Because of this, I was not wearing any makeup in order to try and calm my skin and to be honest I felt like a spotty teenager. I walked past a new store that has opened which is a hive activity for these specific annoying sales pitches and the guy dragged me in the store. Before speaking 3 words to me, he had already told me that my skin is allergic to alcohol. Sounds almost pyschic right? I mean, just looking at this spotty faced women he had to tell me something about my skin being sensitive and I am prone to breakouts – he could not of deduced that by just looking at my spotty face? Then proceeded to try and sell me their “at home peel”. He then looked at my nails and decided he needed to buff my middle finger (I presume so that once he was done I could let it shine at him loud and clear) and before lifting the buffer off my nail tried to calm my excitement (or boredom, but he called it excitement) and tell me I won’t believe what my nail will look like once he is finished. Yawn. After telling him many times that I have better products and I will not be using his after much resistance he let me run away and I felt relieved to get away from this generic, almost rehearsed sales pitch.
Do not be fooled – its the same sales pitch I’ve heard from about 4 different brands over the years. I am not buying your overpriced shitty products (maybe that is a bit harsh but because you try so hard to sell them I assume they must be) so that you can get the commission. I have hoardes of quality products sitting in my office waiting for my love and attention and I really do not need your so-called quality with special ingredients from the Dead Sea/ Mars/Lost City of Atlantis in them. I have plenty of products which I know are better than yours and when I proceed to tell you that, you manage to drop your price even further. I really really really am not falling for it. I seriously hope the rest of the world isn’t.
Be careful about dodgy sales pitches, yes your eyes/skin/face/hair is beautiful, but don’t believe the other stories these guys and girls tell you. Never feel pressured into buying anything for your skin because chances are its just going to sit on a shelf in your bathroom. Rather buy an ice cream. Oh and in future Mr/Ms Salesperson I will be steering clear from you because you annoy me to no end because you don’t actually know what you’re talking about.