Saturday, March 20, 2010

Just get the hell away from me!

Noodle Arms and I had to go into town today to buy her Winter wardrobe, since she's outgrown everything from last year, and we decided to go perfumeless and have a spray of something nice in David Jones to test a couple of fragrances. However, our pleasure at just wandering around sniffing bottles was completely ruined by the fact that we had three sales people hassling us within the space of three minutes.

"Would you like some help?"
"No, thank you. We're just looking."
"Would you like to try some (insert crappy celebrity stinkfest here)?"
"No, thank you."
"Is there anything in particular you're looking for?"

(I didn't say that. I wanted to, though. Man, get the hint - I don't want to be bothered!)

The perfume area of Adelaide's DJ is not that big, and they really don't need three staff just standing around waiting to spritz people. Actually, there were four there, but the fourth one was standing right near the third one and heard me snap, "We're just looking!", so he obviously thought it was wise not to come near me.

In the end we just hurriedly spritzed whatever was handy - Flowerbomb for me, something I can't even remember for Noodles, and just walked off quickly, our planned little treat ruined.

Note to perfume salespeople in big department stores: I cannot be the only person who finds this incredibly irritating. I would imagine you lose a few sales because you don't freakin' leave people alone to wander around and do their own thing. If they need help, they will ask. If they don't ask, DON'T BUG THEM.

Well, me anyway. I can't really speak for anyone else.


  1. Wow, I'm surprised - normally when I go to DJ's I stand around for 30 minutes without anyone serving me before I give up and leave! Where is the balance?! lol.

  2. Really? I generally find the DJ staff really helpful but unobtrusive, which made me even more annoyed because I'm not used to them being so in my face. It's Myer that I generally find has no one around to assist. I waited several minutes today at an empty counter just to buy some tights.

    It must vary from store to store - as you say, if only they could get they could get the balance right!

  3. That's a shame. I find DJ's usually very helpful but not in your face. Is it possible they have a lot of pests around the perfume counter (I'm one of them) so they're a bit over-vigilant.
    Don't start me on the lack of assistance at Myer!!!

  4. See, I find the same - and that's why I decided we would lurk around DJ's perfume area instead of Myer, because even though you can never find anyone anywhere else in Myer to help you, there are always 58 people hovering around the perfume shelves trying to thrust scented bits of cardboard in your hand. It's the first time I've ever experienced it at DJ.

    I guess they have promotions to push, but perfume is the sort of thing that is very tactile and time-consuming - you need to be able to touch and smell and spray without being hovered over and made to feel like you have to make a snap decision that very second. It's like being hassled in a book shop!