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AIBU to be annoyed with the number of shops who want your details...

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chocoroo Tue 20-Sep-11 16:31:55

I've been out shopping this morning for DP's birthday presents. I went in 4 stores and 3 out of the 4 asked for my postcode at the till as they scanned my goods.

AIBU to find this intrusive, not to mention annoying? I'm buying stuff from the shop, it's a transaction, they don't need to know my address. I assume the only reason is so they can send me marketing tat?

Riveninabingle Tue 20-Sep-11 16:33:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mumsamilitant Tue 20-Sep-11 16:33:38

Nope, drives me potty too. Grrrrr

zingzillachinchilla Tue 20-Sep-11 16:35:47

I queried this in a shop recently - apparently it's for 'refund purposes' but I get annoyed about it too. Lots of shops do it these days, but they do promise not to send mail, and to be fair the three I can recall haven't done so (yet...)

OpenMouthInsertFoot Tue 20-Sep-11 16:36:21

I lie.

Sevenfold Tue 20-Sep-11 16:37:09

I refuse

porcamiseria Tue 20-Sep-11 16:38:09

just say NO, and NO
its a fucking liberty, I get very cross

Sirzy Tue 20-Sep-11 16:38:13

It's so they know the geographical area of shoppers for future advertising.

Doesn't bother me but why not just say to them "I would rather not say"?

ThePrincessRoyalFiggyrolls Tue 20-Sep-11 16:38:25

Always give them my old one blush very irritating but I mean wth for refund? bonkers.

chocoroo Tue 20-Sep-11 16:38:47

I did just refuse but one assistant then didn't know how to skip that stage on the till. I'm expecting a pile of tat from Bravissimo at any moment...

Lying could be a good tactic. Does anyone know the postcode of Buckingham Palace?

cuttingpicassostoenails Tue 20-Sep-11 16:39:00

I don't give details in shops. It's not neccessary...not even for refunds, and my address is none of their business.

Anyway, we have no postcode.

mousymouse Tue 20-Sep-11 16:40:06

I politely decline.

Quenelle Tue 20-Sep-11 16:40:18

I don't like it. That 'refund purposes' excuse is bollocks.

I used to refuse but I can't always be bothered with the aggro. Nowadays I just give my work one so I can buy the thing and get on with my life.

blueemerald Tue 20-Sep-11 16:40:19

When I've questioned shops doing this they normally say it's for research- to see where their shoppers are coming from, how far etc, to plan opening further stores or extend/change opening hours.

Your postcode isn't unique, it will match at least 3 or 4 of your neighbours.

mummytotwoboys Tue 20-Sep-11 17:11:21

YanBU its annoying but they asked me for mine in Asda on Monday, the checkout lady said they were doing a national survey to see how far people travelled to use their stores - maybe this is what it was about. If they give you a valid reason, why would you object to it?

mummytotwoboys Tue 20-Sep-11 17:12:15

Also how can they send you marketing tat if you only give the postacode not the number of your house. My postcode is the same as the whole street.

pictish Tue 20-Sep-11 17:13:35

YANBU! This gets RIGHT on my last one?

My postcode? What for? My postcode is none of your damn business pal!

squeakytoy Tue 20-Sep-11 17:14:55

I find it very useful, because if you ever cant find a receipt and have a problem, your details are stored on their system and you can prove you did buy the said item there.

NinkyNonker Tue 20-Sep-11 17:25:48

I've only been asked when refunding, not when buying.

Pseudonym99 Tue 20-Sep-11 17:36:49

Buckingham Palace = SW1A 1AA

MiseryBusiness Tue 20-Sep-11 17:43:48

When I was younger and still living at home I brought my mum a dvd player for xmas and a month later, because I had given my postcode I had a letter from TV licencing fining me for not having a TV licence - It was my mums property, she had one.
When I phoned them they said it was because I'd brought the dvd player and they automatically send the letter if there is no licence in the name given at the address you tell the store when buying anything like tv/dvd players. hmm
I never give my postcode now

fedupandtired Tue 20-Sep-11 18:03:41

Nobody's forcing you to give it. I was asked by one store and when I queried it, they said it was to see how far people were travelling. I then quite happily gave them the first part of my postcode in the hope that they'd open a store closer to my home (I'd travelled quite a few miles to the shop). If they'd not given me a good enough reason then I'd not have given it to them.

chocoroo Tue 20-Sep-11 18:04:02

Sorry mummytotwoboys I should have added, that the one time I gave my postcode I was then also asked for my house number and name.

If it's a simple Market research thing then I don't mind too much - postcodes are semi-anonymous I guess but I think it's the implication given by staff/shops that I can only buy goods if I give my postcode.

Saltire Tue 20-Sep-11 18:07:10

MiseryBusiness - I was once told by a major high street electrical chain that I couldn't purchase a new computer monitor unless I gave them my postcode and house number!

culturemulcher Tue 20-Sep-11 18:13:55

YANBU - and I think Bravissimo is one of the worst offenders. I find it really intrusive. With them it's not just postcode, it's full details. It wastes time, and if you politely refuse, they look at you as if you've got 2 heads and practically refuse to complete the sale. angry

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