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To want the item at a discounted price if it's dirty?

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BlueButTrue Sat 16-Dec-17 18:39:37

Purchased a few bits, and one of them (a Summer romper for DS), had a big dirty mark on.

I got to the till, and enquired if it would be possible to get a reduction on the romper since it's got a dirty mark on.

I was told by the shop assistant that she couldn't issue one, as it wasn't stained, just marked and would come off.

I said that may be true, but I'm buying it right now brand new and expect it to be in new condition, not dirty.

Again, she said sorry but no since it isn't a stain.

I did end up buying full price as I was fond of the romper.

AIBU to have wanted a discount taken off of the price of the romper since it wasn't in perfect condition?

Chimera246 Sat 16-Dec-17 18:42:36

No, but where I used to work if you get a discount because it's marked, and the mark doesn't come out, you can't take it back.

For that reason only, I don't push for discount on marked items.

TheQueenOfWands Sat 16-Dec-17 18:43:44

I wouldn't have bought it.

KungFuPandaWorksOut16 Sat 16-Dec-17 18:48:04

I could understand the discount if the stain wouldn't come out, but no they can't just give discounts for a mark. Otherwise you'd have people putting marks on the clothing so they get a discount.

BlueButTrue Sat 16-Dec-17 18:48:11

I bought it because I know the mark will come out quite easily, but I still think it would have been good customer service/considerate to reduce it a tiny bit

Perhaps I shouldn't have bought it for the sheer attitude on the shop assistant... It wasn't just the result of her actioning that I'm bothered with

Glumglowworm Sat 16-Dec-17 18:52:49

YANBU to ask nicely, but assuming she just works there, she has to follow the guidelines she’s given from management about when reductions can be given so SWNBU to not give you a discount

TrojansAreSmegheads Sat 16-Dec-17 18:54:28

maybe they have had a problem with people making marks on stuff to try to blag a reduction so have put this policy in place.

HildaZelda Sat 16-Dec-17 18:58:14

Please DON'T blame the sales assistant. She's merely following procedure and orders that come from above and is not within the power herself to offer you a discount.

GlitteryFluff Sat 16-Dec-17 18:59:18

I work in a shop (though not a clothing shop) and we can issue 10% off items without any kind of managers input.
So damaged packaging, or something missing, dirty, misshapen etc we’d definitely reduce if you asked, in fact we’d probably have already done it without you asking.

WineIsTheAnswer Sat 16-Dec-17 19:05:24

She's probably had a spate of people purposely marking clothing to get a discount. I worked in a clothing store years ago. Around christmas especially people would mark the clothing practically infront of us and then demand a reduction.

I would have asked for them if they had another one and if not, expected her to offer a reduction. Rather than go up asking for a reduction, it might have made her suspicious.

scottishdiem Sat 16-Dec-17 19:08:23

Shop offers to sell something at a price. You can either take it or leave it.

Why the entitlement to have something reduced? Its just rude and grabby.

gamerwidow Sat 16-Dec-17 19:09:43

I think it’s poor customer service but it’s unfair to be cross with the sales assistant. It’s unlikely she gets much input into these policies.

ButchyRestingFace Sat 16-Dec-17 19:11:36

Perhaps I shouldn't have bought it for the sheer attitude on the shop assistant... It wasn't just the result of her actioning that I'm bothered with

From the description it doesn't sound as if she did anything wrong. She was simply following shop policy. If you have a problem with the store's policy, write to customer service. Don't stand there arguing with the poor chump on the till.

Was the romper suit the last one on the rail or something? Why didn't you just go and exchange it for a non-marked one?

extinctspecies Sat 16-Dec-17 19:12:24

Really, it's entirely up to the store whether they choose to give you a discount or not.

You could have picked up another one without a mark on it.

RavenWings Sat 16-Dec-17 19:12:54

The shop assistant probably had policies to follow and couldn't particularly give a fuck if you don't buy based on her attitude.

Automatically reducing because of marks would be stupid, people would start marking things to pay less. They were right to stick to their guns - you weren't obliged to buy it, after all.

Jaxhog Sat 16-Dec-17 19:15:22

I'd always ask for a discount in this situation! I've often got one too. It isn't that unusual actually. Even JLP will give a discount. But not all stores empower all their staff to give discounts, so always ask for the Manager.

The truth is that items do get marked and damaged, and not deliberately.

BlueButTrue Sat 16-Dec-17 19:26:22

I would have asked for them if they had another one and if not, expected her to offer a reduction. Rather than go up asking for a reduction, it might have made her suspicious

My fault for not clarifying but it was TK Maxx, there wasn't another one available.

think it’s poor customer service but it’s unfair to be cross with the sales assistant. It’s unlikely she gets much input into these policies

I wasn't cross with her. It wasn't just what she had to say that seemed off but her mannerisms in her tone of voice weren't nice. She really seemed like she couldn't be bothered to be there

PortlyWino Sat 16-Dec-17 19:29:03

It's nearly Xmas. She's probably sick to the back teeth of chancers trying it on, long hours and not brilliant wages.

RavenWings Sat 16-Dec-17 19:32:44

She really seemed like she couldn't be bothered to be there

It's a retail job in a discount shop, at Christmas. Did you expect her to bow and scrape? She's probably sick of entitled, demanding people and the long hours/Christmas music on repeat.

Again, I really don't see what the point of saying you shouldn't have bought it due to her attitude is. I can assure you that you're not that important and she really couldn't give a feck what you do. You're just another face in the crowd.

That1950sMum Sat 16-Dec-17 19:37:52

Surely you'd wash a romper before using it anyway so it makes no difference.

You were being a bit cheeky!

WhiskyChick Sat 16-Dec-17 19:41:59

I've known people use pencil to mark items as it can make a bloody good mess but washes out easily. You don't need to buy the item and they're under no obligation to reduce it for you.

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