...just about every business is adopting the super-extra-quintuple-mega aggressive sales techniques once (????) limited to (or attributed to...) used car dealers.
No longer limited to weedy, cracked asphalt car lots at the edge of the wrong part of town, where sleazy crookballs will not shy away from absolutely any dirty trick to bamboozle you out of as much money as they possibly can, their strategies and practices have taken over (at the latest tally, meaning today)bicycle stores (no one is interested in selling you what you want or - shock & horrah - fixing your existing bike, all they want to do is sell you the most expensive model), dance studios (don't get me started on their contracts and how much their employees BUG....), and yes, mattress stores.
Me: "I'm looking for a full size, what kind of prices do you have there?"
Salesman: "Who is going to be sleeping on it?"
Me: (refraining from a much less friendly answer) "I am."
Salesman: "Are you an adult?"
Me: (they ask for ID when you buy a mattress...???) "Yes." (Physically, anyway...)
Salesman: " Our prices start at $ 129.00, but I would like to get you into something around $ 399.00." (Betcha would......)
Me: "Sure, but the question really is what do I want to get myself into, isn't it?
Have a nice day."
I don't actually know whether or not the economy is slumping, I don't see any slow down of people buying crap, but I'm sure they're going to say something like that on TV before long, and here's another reason:
On my MSN homepage, one of the headlines says something about Wal-Marts' possible faux pas of carrying 'trendy' clothing.
What it actuially is, is cheapie clothing that at first glance sorta kinda looks like the real trendy stuff, but isn't even close once you get a close up.
Cowboy shirts that aren't even thick enough to be used as handkerchiefs, men's clogs (didn't know they were trendy, didya? I didn't either....) that will fall apart after 3 weeks ( I know, I have a pair of sandals from the same 'brand' , almost identical to the clogs, and they's fallin' 'part allright....), 'destroyed' jeans and shorts trying unsuccessfully to emulate the likes of Lucky, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch and such, the list continues.
Add to this that WallyWorld has long been engaging in 'vanity sizing', meaning their 'small' is actually a 'medium', their 'medium' a 'large', their 'large' a 'huge', and their 'XL' .....you don't want to know......
What's scary is they have a 'big & tall' section on top of that.........
What's my point?
I forgot, but I don't like it........