Nobody loves a bargain as much as I do. But let’s not lose our minds here.
By now we’ve all heard the news that a part of our childhood is disappearing. Toys R Us will close or sell all of the 735 stores. While it’s sad to think about, there is a silver lining. According to CNN Money, Toys R Us lawyers are saying that liquidation will be quick. “No more than 60 days, closer to 30 days.”
Beginning today, Thursday March 22nd, Toys R Us has load of toys and video games to unload and only a month or two to do it. Which means everything will be priced to sell quick.
That being said, I’m going to ask you (in the spirit of 105 Days of Love) to please be kind and patient while you load up on toys because these prices come at the misfortune of others.
My buddy Jeff shared a really eye-opening post on Facebook last night. He worked at Circuit City in his college years and was there when they closed shop. It’s hard.
“If you’ve never been part of a liquidation sale as an employee you maybe won’t understand what this means, so let me help. [These employees} they are literally about to lose their jobs… [Circuit City] was the best job I’ve ever had in terms of enjoyment at work, we even made the best out of the closing, but people are just [expletive] .”
He went on to offer some pretty sound advice that I’d like to pass on to you if you’re planning on shopping up the sales.
Don’t be too hard on the employees.
“They are literally about to lose their jobs so no, they won’t look in the back for you, they aren’t gonna give the extra mile, the customer service will be close to non existent and you shouldn’t complain one bit.”
Yeah, you may get brushed off. Yeah, the item you want may be out of stock. And yes, you may have to wait in exhaustively long lines. But remember this is harder on them than it is on you. Enjoy digging through bins and aisles and most of all, always remember to be kind.
Clean Up After Yourself
“While you’re savagely rummaging through bins, they still have to straighten up at the end of the day.”
If you’ve worked retail, you know how challenging it is to keep the store tidy and straightened up. Now imagine your regular customers have been replaced with deal-seeking savages who have a “it doesn’t matter, they’re closing anyway” attitude. Don’t create extra work for these people.
Don’t ask for the deeper discount.
“Appreciate whatever deal you’re gonna get, don’t ask for a bigger discount, and realize your gain is coming at some other peoples time of loss.”
Many times, discounts are out of the hands of employees. Again, they’re not trying to be rude and they’ll likely help you to the best of their ability. Plus, they only have 30-60 days to liquidate their entire, national inventory so the deals will likely be at the lowest possible price.
Follow these rules, get your Easter and Christmas shopping done super early, and never forget to be kind 💖
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