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Let's start with your email address...

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Let's start with your email address...

Has anyone noticed how many shops do it (Journey's, Bentley, Call it Spring to make a few) when you are at the till?

I get into and argument every time, which tends to get heated. Yesterday I left the merchandise at Bentley and asked them to shove it.

Is it just me who gets angry as all get out when they try to get your email address. It's not even the spam that bothers me (I can easily give a fake address), it's the fact that it wastes time, and makes it sound like email is necessary to buy an item. I just feels like they're mocking me (let's start with your....). How about no!
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canoek wrote:
Dec 14th, 2017 10:07 am
Has anyone noticed how many shops do it (Journey's, Bentley, Call it Spring to make a few) when you are at the till?

I get into and argument every time, which tends to get heated. Yesterday I left the merchandise at Bentley and asked them to shove it.

Is it just me who gets angry as all get out when they try to get your email address. It's not even the spam that bothers me (I can easily give a fake address), it's the fact that it wastes time, and makes it sound like email is necessary to buy an item. I just feels like they're mocking me (let's start with your....). How about no!
No need for an argument, simply say "no thanks".

It's not like they won't let you pay without giving an email address.
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Just say no and complete the purchase?
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Think of the Childre…
Just tell them you live in the stone ages and you don't believe in the in-ter-net.

Plus it's not the cashiers you should be telling them to shove it, it should be the Corporation HQ....don't like it, call them and speak with their CEO.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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NO is the word if you don’t want to participate

Or the trustworthy... Sorry, don’t have one. That always is fun for getting a reaction out of someone

And ya it isn’t the cashier being nosy it is definitely HQ who wants to ram your inbox full of flyers.. junk mail has just moved from your doorstep mailbox to your desktop one

Which means they’ve gained access now to INSIDE YOUR HOUSE

Don’t open the door... just say NO THANKS
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Swerny wrote:
Dec 14th, 2017 10:17 am
No need for an argument, simply say "no thanks".

It's not like they won't let you pay without giving an email address.
Oh I say that, but it's how it's worded that somehow makes me angry "let's start with your". No idea why, but my brain finds that wording very insulting. Maybe it's just me then.
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canoek wrote:
Dec 14th, 2017 10:32 am
Oh I say that, but it's how it's worded that somehow makes me angry "let's start with your". No idea why, but my brain finds that wording very insulting. Maybe it's just me then.
You're the only one responsible for how you chose to interpret and react to that innocuous statement. If you want to take offense at it, you can. If you want to say "No thanks" and go on with a smile on your face, you can do that too.

I doubt the sales person gets anything special out of the exchange, or is doing it out of malice.

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Cheapo-Findo wrote:
Dec 14th, 2017 10:20 am
Just tell them you live in the stone ages and you don't believe in the in-ter-net.
I just politely give them "my" e-mail address: nospam@spam.no.
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Not sure why this turns into an "argument" for you, unless you're not a very pleasant person. Yes many retailers do it and the cashiers are just doing their job. Yes I've refused many times, they have a refusal button and can proceed with the sale. There's no need for an argument.

The reality is nobody even uses email outside of work anymore. I haven't had a personal email in years... 97% of emails are from retailers (online and B&M); 1% emails from companies sending you your bill/invoice (whether it's your cable/phone/internet bill, or credit card, or otherwise); another 1% from spam; and 1% that fall under "other" but are almost certainly not any personal communication--that's all done via text or social media these days and social media is basically just people hitting the "like" if you consider that communication. Get used to it--email is dead.
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op probably was bored and wanted an argument to spice up the day.
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Ah. So you must be one of "those" customers.
You know what I mean if you ever worked in retails
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CNeufeld wrote:
Dec 14th, 2017 10:36 am
You're the only one responsible for how you chose to interpret and react to that innocuous statement. If you want to take offense at it, you can. If you want to say "No thanks" and go on with a smile on your face, you can do that too.

I doubt the sales person gets anything special out of the exchange, or is doing it out of malice.

C
Use to be retail workers were evaluated against their sales totals. Not anymore. Now they are evaluated against the number of email addresses they collect, the number of credit applications they complete, the number of postal codes collected, the number of online orders they collect, or the number of loyalty cards they sign up.

When you are evaluated against marketing goals and not sales goals, is it any wonder that retailers are failing?
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NumberThree wrote:
Dec 14th, 2017 1:05 pm
When asked for an addy it can be a lot of fun. Your imagination is the limit. You can say,
"Imsingle@myhouse.com",
"Ilikeyoureyes@gmail.com",
"areyoufreetonight@mylove.com",
"youarereallypretty@mylife.com"
and my favorite which puts a smile to all the women I said it to, "Iloveyou@gmail.com" .
LOL I should try that.
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It's like when you are asked for your postal code or if you want their credit card. Just say no and don't get riled up about it. If it truly offends you, stop shopping there or write a comment to head office.

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