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Sales Assistants....At the CLA

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by Elk hunter, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. Elk hunter

    Elk hunter Keyboard Hero

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    While working at the CLA over the weekend I decided to treat myself to a new pair of stalking/hunting boots. How difficult can that have been!

    I had a budget and a brand or two I wished to try so off I went. After talking to a really nice guy off the Harkila Trade Stand my mind was set on a pair as they were just promoting the brand. Now here comes the problem I have an issue with my right ankle after an accident and find any boot above 8/9 inches high very uncomfortable to wear. So I only wear low boots and over the years I've bought high boots at my cost, like the pair of Irish Setters laying under the stairs never worn!

    After visiting four stands that stock this brand, I had just about given up. Each stand I visited I expanded the issue with my ankle and the type of boot I wanted to the sales assistants. They all had the more popular model 12 inch high boot and after trying then on, it was not comfortable. But they really couldn't give a s*** as long as the cash was in the till. They all tried to get my wallet out with any tactic possible

    I could even pay for a size 9 boot 8 inch high at the show and they coiuld get them to me in a week. None of them could grasp the fact at over £230 I wanted to try on the pair of boots I WANTED TO BUY! Is that so difficult to understand that's the point of a shop. Could have screamed. I can understand why we all shop on line, sales assistants can be such muppets.

    Anyways on the way back from a failed trip in gun makers row there was a small stand with clothing and boots, one last try. The Gentlman was my age european accent and very polite, listened to my story. Then produced a pair of Harkila size 9 -8 ing high and if I wanted a half size there was one in the back. He was most helpful, any problems to contact the shop he would deal with it personally. I paid for the boots and thanked him.

    Just as I left I asked where were they based.
    The reply was...."Fleckney in Leicestershire"

    I bloody well live 16 miles from the shop how ironic is that!

  2. Titchgamer

    Titchgamer Honorary Member

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    I have not been to the CLA for many years now, But if that is whats happening these days ime sadened and they are obviously not very good reps.
    When I used to work CLA and others I allways went out of my way to help people with whatever they needed and extra care was taken with people such as yaself to make sure the product was right for them.
    In return I was rewarded with good sales, a fair wage and a good time.

    You get back what you put in after all.
  3. whitevanman574

    whitevanman574 bell target champion

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    astley , manchester
    when was the CLA GAME SHOW no one said here when :mad:
  4. tinmanofkent

    tinmanofkent Tiger King

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    Very sorry to hear about your awkward crippled ankle Andrew.

    It must be very difficult to find a trader who can meet your demands.

    Perhaps you may have more success getting the boots you need from the NHS. I cannot say they will kit you out with Harkila though, what with austerity and all.

    Run Forest!
  5. terry1001

    terry1001 Major Poster

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    Unfortunately many of the stalls have to take on extra staff for these shows and they're not all properly trained or motivated. I find that, generally. the staff don't have much time to deal with customers and often don't know very much about the products so i use it as an opportunity to look at and compare goods that I'm interested in and then either visit a high street shop or buy on line if that's a suitable option.

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