Mmmm... shopping!  

Tiffy2u 59F
16 posts
3/28/2005 4:12 am

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Mmmm... shopping!

OK so I love to shop. I like to look at and buy clothes, especially nice lingerie, shoes, perfumes, jewellery, cd music and arty-crafty items. Oh my... I sound like such a girly girl hehehe! I like good quality things but if I can get a bargain in a sale I am on a high for a week. Actually, I usually celebrate by... you guessed it... going shopping again! It sounds simple but there are lots of pitfalls.

What I don't understand is why most of the men I know don't like shopping, unless it is for things like TV's, stereos, car accessories or tools. Are there any guys out there who would go shopping with their girl? Who would help to choose clothes, waiting while she tried them on and giving an honest opinion rather than saying "Yep that will do, lets get out of here!" Three days later you put your new dress on and he says "Oh my God you can't wear that it is far too short!"

Going shopping with a female friend can be tricky too. If you know they really like you then when they say something looks great on you can you trust that they are being honest, or are they just saying that so they don't hurt your feelings? Shop assistants will tell you anything they think you want to hear because all they are interested in is getting a sale.

Have you ever tried to return something that you changed your mind over? It goes something like this:
"Do you have the receipt?"
"Yes, it is in the bag."
"Has this been worn?"
"No, the colour isn't right."
"What colour were you wanting?"
"This dress is blue, why do you want to exchange it?"
"It's the wrong blue."
"Would you like to exchange it for a pink one?"
"No I want blue."
"But you have blue already."
"It isn't the right blue, I want a darker blue."
"Sorry we don't have a darker blue."
"OK well can you give me a cash refund and I will try elsewhere?"
"Our policy is that we exchange goods only."
"But you don't have anything I want."
"I could give you a gift voucher then when we get a dark blue one in you could use it to purchase it."
"No, I want a dark blue one today, I want to wear it to a party tomorrow night."
"We have a nice red one which would be good for a party."
"No need to shout Madam I am only trying to help."
"OK I'm sorry. I just want my money back so I can go and find a dress that is suitable."
"I will have to ask the Manager if I can give you a cash refund."
"Yes that's fine, I will wait."
"No, you will need to come back next week, he is on holiday at the moment."
"So who is in charge while he is away?"
"Well did you know that under Section 33, Clause 9b, of the Consumer Guarantee Act you are obliged to give me a refund if the item I purchased isn't suitable for the purpose I bought it for?"
"Ummm.. well I suppose I could make an exception."
"Thank you."
"You're welcome...have a nice day!"

This actually happened! I have to admit I made up the bit about the Consumer Act stuff but I was getting desperate!

Does anyone have any shopping tales they would like to share?

sportyfun56 107M

3/28/2005 8:32 am

Well I've always known that I'm a bit different (in some ways) than your basic man. I like to shop with my lady. I'm a designer and I just love the idea of "dressing" my lady in the best things that are appropriate for her. I understand color, fit, and lines and it's fun to "find" things for her. My lady now won't go shopping for clothers without me. She really doesn't like to shop much and I do much of the "searching the floor" for her. I know what colors and styles she likes. And I have a good idea of what looks good on her.

I've often handed her things over the dressing room door that she wouldn't have chosen for herself. And many of those things are now her favorites.

You might even find this interesting... My older teenaged daughter even takes me with her when she goes shopping for dresses.

Now don't make the mistake of classifying me as one of those "Metro" guys. I aint one o' them. lol.
I just like the "quest" of finding the best things to dress my girl in. Afterall I'm going to have to look at them later. And besides I'm not sure that I don't dress her better than she does herself. lol

keithcancook 61M
17930 posts
3/28/2005 5:24 pm

You're a better man than me sporty, I detest shopping.

As for Tiffy and her story I simply loved her solution.

Did I say I detest shopping? Oops, I meant to say that I loathe it. No, I abhor it. Oh nevermind. (Except for bookstores. I love bookstores).

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