Tara’s blog turned 2 today!
That last experience with the flat iron kiosk changed my perspective on all mall kiosks. So I started researching them (I’ll provide some links) and found hundreds of stories similar to mine. I’ve read about people being grabbed by these salesmen, I’ve read about how aggressive and rude these vendors can be, I read about people being followed by these vendors, and I read about customers being overcharged more than the products are actually worth. And then customers don’t know that there is a No Refund Policy until AFTER the sale. If you ask me that sounds a lot like a scam.
Personally, I’ve never been grabbed by any of these guys, but I do feel like I have been scammed in my past experience. Unfortunately I can’t do anything about it now because I no longer have the receipts to prove it.
And here is my question for malls. Malls, why in the hell do you allow this type of behavior? I read that a lot of people stopped coming to malls because of this. I’m surprised I haven’t read about malls being sued for allowing this to go on. If I ran a mall and a customer complained about being grabbed or scammed by a kiosk salesman, that kiosk would be shut down and removed in a heartbeat. There is NO way I would tolerate such behavior. That is unacceptable!
The next time I went back to Annapolis mall, I was passing by a nail kiosk. The saleswoman tried to hand me a sample, but I tried to avoid her. The crazy part was when she leaves her kiosk, goes around a bunch of other people to try to get to me. When she finally did catch up with me, she tried to give me the sample again. I quickly said no and she went back to her kiosk. Lady, when I’m trying to avoid you, that means I don’t want your products. So don’t follow me!
Another time was when I was passing the same flat iron kiosk where I got scammed. There was a different salesperson there and he was giving me the rehearsed, “Excuse me, Miss.” I’m not gonna lie, that guy was cute, but I knew what his motive was. So I held my hand up and said no thank you and kept walking.
Then recently, a different hair kiosk tried to get my mom. As she and I were passing by, the lady said, “I have something for you” and tried to give her a sample. Fortunately, she said no thanks and kept walking. GO MOM!!!
So the way I avoid these guys is:
*make NO eye contact with them
*If they call out to me I keep walking
*Act like I’m on the phone or texting
*Stay as close to the wall as possible
* If they try to give me a sample I say “no” and keep walking (Seriously! DON’T take their samples! That’s another way to get you!)
But recently, when I was shopping at Annapolis mall, I noticed that the vendors were not as aggressive as they use to be. I would walk by them and they don’t bother me at all! No calling out to me, no following me, nothing (but that doesn’t mean I’m letting my guard down). I guess I got really good at ignoring them. SWEET!!! Also, the flat iron I bought, it works really nice. However, I did NOT like how it was sold to me. So kiosks, if you ever come across this post, if I say I don’t want your product, I DON’T WANT IT!!!!!!!! NO MEANS NO!!!!!!
There is my experience with mall kiosks, I hope you found it interesting and feel free to like it!
Hi Tumblrs! Tara Here. I know it’s been a while since my last post. Now I’m back because I want to talk about my experiences with mall kiosks, hence the title.
You know those carts you find in the mall that sell cosmetics, lotions, skin care, and hair products? Back when I was young I didn’t really think too much of those carts. I originally thought they were just trying to make a living just like everyone else in the mall was. My first couple of experiences with them weren’t too bad. My first experience with these vendors was at a Mica Bella or Mica Beaty kiosk many years ago when I was an early teen. Of course they call out to you and I was nice enough to see what they wanted. The salesman was very nice, he let me choose three shades of eyeshadows and even included an eyeshadow primer (that’s when I learned primer is a MUST for me since I have oily eyelids). I don’t remember what my total was but obviously I was able to afford it.
My next experience was at a Dead Sea Kiosk. I read a lot of stories about how aggressive Dead Sea vendors can be, but I didn’t know it at the time. I’ll get to that part later. The salesman at that kiosk didn’t seem too aggressive to me. I just thought he was VERY enthusiastic about the products (I would later find out how wrong I was). Again, I don’t remember how much he charged me after that, but I ended up buying some lotions.
Over the next couple of years, I started to think these sales people were a little bit TOO enthusiastic about selling their products so little by little I started avoiding them. To the ones I didn’t avoid, I would listen to their pitch and then when I told them I didn’t want to buy anything they were nice enough to let me go.
And then one day in college in the fall, I was at Annapolis mall just coming from Arby’s. I only bought a few things because I still had to buy books for school later on. I was passing by a flat iron kiosk when I unintentionally made eye contact with the salesman (I would later learn that was a big mistake). That’s when he did the usual “Excuse me, can I ask you a question about your hair?” Of course, me being too nice at the time went over. I tried to tell the guy that I don’t plan on buying anything, but he cut me off by saying “It’s gonna take 20 seconds.” He didn’t even let me finish my sentence (Red Flag # 1). So I sat in the chair and he asked me what products I used in my hair. I told him and he gave this shocked gasp and said, “Oh my god!” Then he goes on about how those products are not good for me. Um ok, first of all sir, you do not know me, and second of all, as a business man you don’t badmouth other hair brands. That is very unprofessional!
Anyway, he gives me the pitch about his flat irons. Somewhere in the pitch I asked how much the mini flat irons were. His answer was “we’re not gonna worry about that right now.” Uh- excuse me! You are supposed to answer the customer’s question in a professional manner, ‘not we’re not gonna worry about that’! Red Flag # 2. Then he asked me how much I would pay for a flat iron. I told him about $20. He again gasped and said “oh my god” again as if what I was doing was a crime.
So he told me my total for was over $200. Red Flag # 3. In my head, I was screaming “$200?! Are you crazy! There is NO way I’m paying all that money for a flat iron!” Also, I did not say I wanted to buy it. But me not being assertive at the time said “No… I need my money for school.” I figured he would understand and let me go just like last time, but nope, this guy did not let up. He said, “ok this is what I’m gonna do.” He lowered the price to over $100. I told that was still too much and I didn’t want to buy it. Again, he says, “this is what I’m gonna do.” and lowers the price again. Still I said I need the money for school. Then he asks, “What is it? Is it the product?” as if he was trying to be sympathetic. I told him for the hundredth time that I needed the money for school. He still does not listen and then lowers the price to about $93. I should have just walked away. That’s when I realized that this guy was not going to let me go until I bought the flat iron. So I gave in and handed over my credit card so he would shut up and let me go. Then he has the nerve to give me this card so I can come back and get my hair done for free (yeah, like was going to fall for that). So I took my flat iron with this guilty feeling in my stomach. That’s when I felt that something was not right about those kiosks.
When I ran into my mom later that evening she was not too happy that I spent almost $100 on a flat iron and told me to return it. Unfortunately, I saw the “No Refunds” sign. So there goes my allowance!
That’s when I told myself that I would NEVER go near those kiosks again.
Ok, I know this post is long, so I’m going to break this up into two parts. Check back later on for part 2.
Sly 4: Murray’s Geisha Dance!!!
Murray’s geisha dance was funny! The first time I saw it, I though it was sooooooo wrong!!!!! XD
Am I the only person who thinks that?
If those guards (or worse El Jefe) ever found out that Murray was a dude, it would be like an episode of Jerry Springer with the famous “I’m a man” bit!!!!!
XD XD XD
Ok so here are my thoughts. Other than Sly Cooper and Tennessee Kid Cooper, Slytunkhamen is my favorite ancestor.
One of the reasons I wanted Sly 4 soooo bad was because I wanted to see Slytunkhamen. I was hoping and praying like crazy that he would be in that game! BUT unfortunately, he wasn’t. ‘Thieves in Time was an amazing game (still is), but it would have been nice if the gang traveled back to Ancient Egypt.
Now here is the interesting part. I was watching the ending (and still moping that I didn’t see Slytunkhamen) and I see Sly wake up… IN ANCIENT EGYPT? Seriously! I mean what the frick, Sanzaru!?!? Are you trying to screw with my emotions? 0_0
At least least I know I’ll get to see my favorite ancestor in the next game (if they make it) Pfft… It took years for Thieves in Time to come out. God knows when the next one will come out (I’ll probably be married with kids by the time that happens)…