I prefer to shop alone. I am a very focused, directed shopper and don’t like to be distracted by idle chit-chat or unrelated browsing. So I generally go alone and keep to myself. The people I am most likely to speak with while shopping? Sales associates.
Now, sales associates sometimes get a bad rep. It’s frustrating to ask a question about merchandise or availability and be met with blank stares and disinterest. But sales associates cannot be expected to know everything about the merch. Boutique owners and managers at smaller shops, yes. Associates at large department stores, no. And even if you encounter a sales associate who can’t help you, hopefully she or he can point you toward other resources.
Originally posted 2010-06-02 05:16:00.