Singapore Salesman Style

One of my suitcases got ruined on the trip here and I’ve been on the look out for a replacement for the last few weeks. Unfortunately every time I find a luggage store and try to browse around I start getting followed by a sales person who just stands there hovering over me which makes me uncomfortable to the point that I leave empty handed. Now I understand that cultures are different and that perhaps they are trying to seem helpful and attentive, but it really freaks me out. Perhaps it’s the fact that in the US salespeople generally leave you alone until you ask for help, unless they think you are trying to steal something in which case they follow you around staring at you. I feel like I’m doing something wrong by looking at the stuff on display. I asked one saleslady to please leave me alone as I was just looking and said if I had a question I’d ask her and she took about 4 steps back and then just continued standing there staring at me. So I left. Is there anyway to get the sales people in Singapore to leave you alone so you can make decisions about purchases without feeling the pressure of someone staring down on you?

2 Comments so far

  1. SMurphy (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2010 @ 10:30 am

    I have yet to find a way to make this practice stop. I find it equally unnerving and do exactly what you do… leave.


  2. Jay (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2010 @ 11:53 am

    Distract them with a couple of friends asking silly questions. That should give you time to meander to your heart’s desire.



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