Question: When your Sales Associate tells you that the item you are considering to buy is popular, does that make you more apt to purchase, or more likely to put it back? Personally, I find that if I’m looking at something, whether it be clothes, shoes, nail polish, whatever…if the SA says “Oh, that item has been really popular, we can’t keep it on the shelves,” I instantly reconsider my opinion on the product. I don’t want to have something that everyone else has! I have no desire to wear an item that I’ll see on the next girl, or the next. I purchased a Coach bag at an outlet in Vegas back in 2009…only to find when I came home that it seemed everyone else had done the same. To top it off, a Coach store recently opened here in Halifax, and ever since I’ve been turned off the brand. It’s everywhere! I remember when American Eagle first came here back in 2000, it was the same thing. Clones, everywhere.
Now, because I live in a smaller city, there are some exclusions to this mentality. As we don’t have access to everything we read about in magazines and online, and see on TV, I make a point to buy items from these hard-to-find brands because, let’s face it, I’m a jerk. Well, OK, maybe not truly, but I do enjoy having things that others don’t (must come from a driving need to be special or something?). Whatever my issue, I regularly seek out things that are *unique* to Halifax. Which means that while that new Chanel nail polish has been in demand all over the world, here in Halifax its hardly a blip on the radar – so I want it. BAD.
…Huh. I just had a brainwave. I think this practice also comes from 1) my incessant need for new stimuli, and 2) my love of the ‘hard to get.’ Those who know me know that to be true, in many areas of my life ;) As a whole, we always appreciate more what we had to work hard to get, and I am a prime example of that!
Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying all your workout gear from, say, Lululemon, and being part of a greater movement. We gain strength as a community in both our shared interests and our differences. There has to be both people like me and people who bond through similarities. I tend to be a lone wolf to some degree and that does create a sense of distance which I don’t always enjoy. But, I’ve come to accept myself and others as they are and appreciate them both!
How do you approach shopping and the popular vote? Do I sound like a complete ass? Or can you relate to my take on things?
Yay for the weekend!! I hope everyone is enjoying their’s as much as I am – sooo nice to relax!