Dress Better, Get Better Service, Study Finds

If you want good service, you’ll have to dress the part.

A new study finds that the better clothed and groomed a woman is, the friendlier and faster service she’ll receive from salesclerks.

Therefore, the best way to avoid sales people from ‘assisting’ you every twenty seconds is to make your shopping spree coincide with Inside-Out Backwards Day.

Or, consider this: how can the clerk judge you based on your clothes if you enter in the nude?

Well-Dressed Women Get Better Service [Newswire]


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  1. x23 says:

    i don’t like salespeople bugging me. or anyone really unless i ask for it. happens much much much less now that i dress like a hobo. even though i make twice what i did when i went out of my way to dress fancy in fancy designer cloths and accessories all the time… i dress like i make 1/4th. however really really obvious inventory control people seem to hover around more often. though that i don’t really care about… cause they don’t tend to chat you up (they are ‘undercover’) and ask you 19 times if you need any help.

  2. Paul D says:

    (they are ‘undercover’)

    Isn’t that just a laugh. I can spot ’em across a dimly-lit sales floor. They always have that look that says “I’m trying too hard to be inconspicuous, which makes me conspicuous.”

    Plus, when I worked at Target, most of the inventory control and security guys were ass…holes.

    You know that syndrome that most security guards have, where they’re pissed off that they’re not actually cops, and they have a complex about it? Imagine that times ten.

  3. Jesse says:

    I believe this was proven beyond a doubt in the movie Pretty Woman. I mean seriously, you need a study for this?

  4. airship says:

    Here are a few clues for store personnel on how to tell how affluent a shopper is:
    (1) Is shopping at Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, et. al. = not affluent, no matter how they’re dressed.
    (2) Is shopping at a high-end store, but looks excited and/or nervous about it = not affluent.
    (3) Is shopping at a high-end store, acting either extremely bored or like some asshole that owns the place = affluent, no matter how they’re dressed.
    (4) Is anywhere, dressed like a hobo, whore, or hippie, but with shoes, purse, jewelery, or other accessories* that cost an amount equal to the GNP of most nations = affluent.
    * One or more bodyguards, a chauffeur, or any other members of an entourange count as ‘accessories’.

  5. AcidReign says:

    …..I’d personally rather have a salesperson ask me if I need help. A friendly “No thanks, I’m just looking!” isn’t too difficult to do. And sometimes, like when they don’t have my size on the shelf, the help might actually know that the correct size is on another shelf, or in stock in the storeroom.

    …..If you’ve ever worked “loss-prevention,” you’d know why those folk have an attitude. Chances are, they were hired by the person robbing the store blind, and have a quota of people to harrass each shift! If they don’t ever make any commotion, they’re just drawing a check and doing nothing, in management’s view…

    …..I let my kids pick out my last pair of glasses frames, and they selected a designer pair of Brooks Brothers. (Upgraded from tape and super-glue coke-bottle nerd glasses…) It’s made a difference in how salepeople at Jos. A. Bank and other mid-upper-end stores react to me. They don’t seem to notice the ratty Levis and 1980s cowhide biker jacket anymore!

  6. Montecore says:

    Jesse’s right; who was dumb enough to fund this study?

  7. OkiMike says:

    I just wish they’d actually know the products that they sell. I can’t count how many times I’ve been to a computer store where an employee didn’t know a Firewire port from a hole in his head.

  8. AcidReign says:

    ….Or the CompUSA employee who recently told me “Brand of RAM doesn’t matter anymore. Modern computers can use any type.”