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xcb
« on: November 04, 2006 02:30:24 PM »

Hi all,

N00b lurker here. Hi!

Anyways, I went to a certain un-named YLS today because they're the only ones in town that have spinning gear. My girlfriend knits, and I've been toying with the idea of getting into spinning. I figured I'd go in, look around, maybe have someone show me the different models they have... y'know!

Well.

Immediately after I tell the owner that I'm thinking about starting spinning, she starts in with the hard-sale to take her class. Not her class, but her "private lesson" for $50 an hour.

She didn't say: "here, let me show you our models", (they have four) , but heavy pushing for her silly class! Even though I kept making it clear that I was a try-first-and-fail kind of guy!

I then ask about her price on a Kromsky Mazurka. She then tells me that the Mazurka is too small for me, because I'm a man, and tries to upsell me to a Schacht! A full four hundred dollars more expensive than the one I was looking for!

The whole time, of course, telling me that I need to take her class.

Then, and this is the kicker, I finally say "listen, I don't want the class. I think I'm going to go to the local spinning guild's meeting next weekend," at which point she starts in with RAGIN'-FULL-ON gossip about the members! Talking about their supposed "illegal" activities! Mind you, at this point I had talked to her for all of ten minutes.

To end the conversation, and at this point I'm just curious about the depths to which this woman will stoop, I say "So, if I come and drop a grand on a wheel, a drum carder and some fiber, will you show me how to use it all?"

I'll let you go ahead and guess her response.

Moral of the story: Some YLSs are wretched, terrible, scary, horrible places owned by horrible women.

The end.

(/W.W.)
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xcb
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2006 02:32:24 PM »

P.S. This is why I don't do retail anymore.

Woolery, CopperMoose, ParadiseFibers here I come!
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2006 05:01:07 PM »

Haha!! I know what you mean! There used to only be one yarn shop in my town. I have a friend who had (at the time) purple and pink streaked hair and visible tattos. She is an amazing knitter and wanted to go in this woman's shop to see what she could find. She said that they were OBVIOUSLY talking and pointing at her the whole time she was there. She just left. Funny story, she opened her own shop about a year later and has since moved into a bigger shop and is probably outselling the other woman by like, 100 to 1. Hurray for justice.
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2006 10:39:34 PM »

I don't get why stores drive customers away like that, I mean sure mention that you have classes or one on one tutoring, but driving customers away in a society that already leans towards chains is a plain stupid idea.  Especially when you mentioned that you were only considering learning... 
 
Awesome that you are learning to spin though, I also knit and have been considering learning to spin (with a drop spindle, I'm waiting til my Gran is willing to part with her wheel, no one else in the family is crafty so I better get it, she is also very proud of my craftiness) and then teaching my BF to spin.  That way I'll still have time to knit Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2006 10:58:31 PM »

After leaving, my grrl and I were talking about the merits of making t-shirts that said:

DEAR RETAILERS: WE HAVE BEEN ON THE 'NET SINCE 93. WE SHOP FOR TOASTERS ON AMAZON. WE ARE DOING YOU A FAVOR BY SHOPPING AT YOUR CRAMPED LITTLE DUMB STORE. PLEASE LEAVE US ALONE. IF WE NEED YOU WE'LL LET YOU KNOW. IF YOU TRY TO SELL US STUFF WE DON'T WANT WE WILL SECRETLY HATE YOU. EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW IS ON WIKIPEDIA AND YOU AIN'T ALL THAT SO GET OUT MY FUGGIN GRILL, MKTHX.

But it's just not catchy enough. Any Cafepressers feel free to steal the idea. Donate our share of the profits to your local Humane Society.
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2006 07:44:22 AM »

have YOU ever WORKED retail?

This woman sounds like a wretch, but don't box everyone in. Botique retail is a hard, on-your-feet, thankless, moneyless job.  I know.  I am a full time grad student AND I work retail to support myself because it is the only way to fit it into my class schedule. 

Maybe she was told to advertize the store's classes that month by the owner/ her boss. Maybe she is a fill in and has no retail experience.  Maybe she is the owner's friend and works there as a favor.  Her company may have policies you don't know about that she has no control over.  I once worked at a boutique retail store an we HAD to do/say certain things about the products and promote specific things or we would get write-ups.  think about it.



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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2006 08:02:11 AM »

I worked retail for three years, and the woman in question was the owner.
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2006 09:15:10 AM »

When I was about to buy my wheel, I went to a shop in my area (1/2 hour drive minimum for me) b/c they carried wheels.  I wanted to try a few.  The owner of the shop told me the wheel I was looking for (and eventually bought) was not used by anyone and i wouldn't want it.  I was told that unless I saved up for a while and bought a (to me) really expensive wheel "as an investment" I wouldn't get any enjoyment out of spinning.  The owner asked me if I would just spin for a month or so and then "give up on it".  I ended up not even getting to touch a wheel while in that shop (the owner kept dodging the question when I asked if I could try a couple).  Then, when I was picking up some fiber to try the owner asked me "WHY would you buy THIS?" Um.  To spin?

I ended up buying my wheel (A Louet S17) from an LYS where the owners and employees are excited to have people in their store, where they were excited that I wanted to spin and encouraged me to return to show them my spinning.  (They also had had similar experiences with the owner of the other shop).

I've had similar experiences with older ladies in LYS' in the past.  Where the owner/employee tries to sell me on some novelty yarns, overlooking the armfull of DK weight "classic" yarn I am amassing.  I look younger than I am (usually get pegged at 25-28 but will be 36 in a couple of weeks) but surely owners of LYS' must realize that age isn't a factor in skill level anymore!! 
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2006 01:17:25 PM »

Erincatherine - just because you work retail doesn't mean that you have to be rude to customers, even if you are given a script to say. I'm a waitress and I work for a national chain that makes you say really dumb stuff and tell EVERYONE about some stupid survey on their website or we get written up. I understand what you are saying, but there are some people out there that are just rude. If someone finds that frustrating, then they have the right to vent about it.
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2006 05:45:48 PM »

I never said just because you work retail you have to be rude to customers.  I was just playing devil's advocate and explaining that we are all human. and EVERYone deserves a second chance. 

Instead of venting on public forums, a letter or phone call to the owner would be a more constructive way to express disappointment with a situation.  That way s/he would know how his/her behavior was effecting potential customers. 

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