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Would you dress differently to buy large items?

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Lemoncurd Thu 07-Mar-19 18:58:40

When you are shopping for something big such as a car, new kitchen etc, do you present yourself any differently? Do you think it makes a difference?

Or if you are a salesperson, would the appearance of potential clients make a difference to the service you provide or deal you give?

We are about to completely refurbish our house and need to source everything - kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors, flooring, tiles etc
I work from home and have no client contact at all so live in (clean and tidy) jeans and jumper/casual clothing. DH feels that I need to dress up to go to show rooms / meet with salespeople and designers. It seems a bit unnecessary to me when I'm the customer, have often made appointments or sent across plans in advance so am obviously a serious customer. Would I really get a better deal if I dressed up?

Bayleyf Thu 07-Mar-19 19:09:42

As long as you're clean and presentable, it wouldn't occur to me to dress any different from normal!

Catscratchclub Thu 07-Mar-19 19:12:11

My ex dp is very wealthy and once bought a Lamborghini in Gap joggers and a hoody..... I think if you dress up you almost fit in less as it looks a bit try hard? Just wear what you would ordinarily wear and ask the right questions (like are there any discounts?!)

Ps that’s not a stealth boast by the way. Ex was a wanker on the whole grin

Gwenhwyfar Thu 07-Mar-19 19:13:22

There's an episode of the Cosby Show where Dr Huxtable dresses down in an attempt to get a good deal on a second-hand car. If you're going to negotiate a price, it might not be the best idea to wear your best clothes.

Stuckforthefourthtime Thu 07-Mar-19 19:15:53

You'll get more assistance if you are better dressed, at least in fancier places. I used to pop into showrooms straight from work and got decent service then once did it on a working from home day with jeans, tshirt and no makeup and was given the basics only.
Not sure if it should make any difference on negotiating though.

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