Basic Shopping Etiquettes You Should Consider

Although shopping is a lot of fun and everybody needs some retail therapy when life is getting hard (there is nothing that makes a girl happier than a new pair of shoes or a good bargain), do we really consider the feelings of others when we are out looking for the perfect dress or sweater? How many times have we complained loudly about standing in line, or snapped angrily at the sales assistant who was just trying to be helpful? Often we forget that shopping is also a social experience and like every other social activity, we need to be careful of our manners. Here I’ve made a list of some basic etiquettes we should keep in mind whenever we have to buy something personally- shopping online has a very different set of rules!

Make a list

Have you ever been in line at a store and the person in front of you forgets something and has to go back for it? Or someone in front of you does not have enough cash for her purchases? Isn’t it annoying? You should make sure that you are never that person. Always make a list of your requirements before you leave home. This will not only prevent you from forgetting something important, it will also help you avoid making unnecessary purchases. If you keep to your list you will be a better, more organized shopper.

Make a list

Take care of your things

Do not be the person who is frantically looking for her wallet, or her shopping bags or her car keys at the mall. As someone who has once or twice misplaced her things, I find it easier to carry just one large shopping tote rather than lots of shopping bags. To be even more practical, I’ve had it personalized so nobody can mistake it for theirs. You can get lovely personalized bags at Etsy, or step it up a notch and have yours monogrammed.

lovely personalized bags at Etsy

Do not unfold or remove garments from their hangers unnecessarily

It is true that it is very difficult to get the perfect size, but sometimes we unthinkingly do unfold garments just to see whether they really are too large or too small. Even worse is how we leave clothes in the changing rooms. We often don’t realize that a lot of work goes into ensuring everything is properly and neatly arranged for you when the store opens. The messier we leave the shop, the longer the retail worker has to stay after closing hours.

Do not unfold or remove garments from their hangers unnecessarily

Ask the right questions

Be specific in your requirements. Rather than telling the assistant that you require a dress, specify the occasion and the price range you’re shopping for. Many assistants enjoy helping customers select a special outfit and provide honest advice but often come across as clueless and infuriating because they do not know exactly what you are looking for. Ask them about a specific kind of item and they will be a great help.

Ask the right questions

Respect fitting room rules

Follow the rules of the fitting rooms. If the rule is to only take six garments, do not take eight. Even ten extra minutes are difficult for people who are waiting. Also, try to leave the room in the same condition you found it. Thrown clothes on the floor make it difficult to change for the person in the room and add to the pain of the shop assistants after closing hour.

Respect fitting room rules

Dealing with small children

Trying to shop with a screaming child on the floor is a difficult task but it is possibly worse for the parent. Try to understand the situation and ignore it until the parent is able to placate the child.

If you are the parent of the child throwing the tantrum, it might be a good idea to leave the shop until the child calms down. It is also a good idea to talk to your child about manners before you leave the house.

Dealing with small children

Do not inflict your bad mood on other people

Okay, so you’ve had a bad day and everything is going wrong, but screaming at the assistant, or complaining while standing in line will not make it better. Be considerate even if you are not in the best of moods. Who knows? Maybe you will make somebody else’s day better.

Author Bio: Hira Sayem is a passionate blogger who loves to write on different disciplines such as lifestyle, fashion, finance, and education.

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