It’s that time of year again! Black friday is just around the corner. For all the shoppers out there, here’s some tips from a former retail worker on how to be a considerate shopper.
- Timed sales expire. If you want something that’s on sale from 9am to 12pm, get there early. Do not show up at 11:55, spend the next hour and a half shopping, and then get mad that your item is now off sale.
- The vast majority of stores you will go into do not work on a haggling system. The price that comes up is the price you pay. Deal with it or leave.
- For the love of all that’s holy, please do not give the “it didn’t ring up so it must be free” line. It’s not funny at all and I promise you the cashier has heard that line at least 20 times that day.
- Clean up after yourself! Related, make sure your kids are not destroying the store! You know how time consuming folding your own laundry is. Imagine doing that, hours on end, for an entire store. Yeah. Not fun.
- If the fitting rooms have racks for you to deposit clothes after you try them on, use them.
- If there are trash cans in the store, use them. You’re done with that soda you got from the food court? Thow it in the trash can. Don’t leave it lying around in fitting rooms or on tables with clothes.
- Associates and cashiers will be very busy on black friday. They will not be able to cater to your every whim. You’ll probably be the 5th or 6th person to flag them down in the past 5 minutes to ask a question. Instead of getting mad at workers for “ignoring you”, remember that they’re probably preoccupied.
- This should probably go without saying, but NO SEX IN THE FITTING ROOMS.
- If you must use the fitting rooms to change your baby’s diaper, please for the love of all that is good and holy in this world, thow away the diaper yourself. In a trash can.
- No, you the customer, are not always right. Nine times out of ten you’re wrong. Really freaking wrong.
Keep these handy tips in mind when you’re out shopping on black friday, or any day really. The associates will thank you and you’ll probably have a much easier time getting the things you want and need.