Posts Tagged: sales

Reader Request: How to Work Well with Salespeople

Lovely reader Cat left this request in a comment:

I’d love to hear your take on shopping and sales-people … more specifically, how to deal/interact with them. How to not feel guilty or beholden and buy stuff you don’t need because you don’t want the sales person who helped you to feel bad, how to make good use of their talents and services, how to say “no,” how to say “later,” etc., etc.

Do you ever feel these pressures? With your mad shopping skills, I thought you might have some insight/tips. read more

Originally posted 2011-11-01 06:15:22.

When to Buy

When to shop for and buy seasonal fashion items like coats, swimwear, and boots

While I discourage buying sale items SOLELY based on low or discounted prices, I encourage savvy bargain shopping. And I’ve learned to monitor the price fluctuations of certain seasonal items. None of these will be shocking revelations, as the main pattern is that bargains emerge at the end of a season … but I thought I’d share my observations and see if you have any to add!

Coats: Late January

This is one of the few seasonal items that can typically be purchased relatively early in the season on sale. Coats often get marked down right after Christmas, so if you can bear to wear older outerwear until January, you’ll be able to nab a new coat for a song. read more

Originally posted 2011-05-20 06:20:21.

An Introduction to CAbi

introduction to cabi

Several weeks ago, I was invited to attend Sccop, a twice-yearly event held by a clothing brand called CAbi. CAbi stands for Carol Anderson by Invitation, and you may not have heard of it because it’s not sold in stores. Carol Anderson used to design for Nordstrom, but more than a decade ago she decided to take her clothing line out of the retail environment and create a company that sells the CAbi line exclusively through consultants via in-home parties. Many of my former office coworkers and current friends and colleagues are HUGE CAbi fans and gush endlessly about the designs, so I was curious to learn more. But I’ll level with ya: I haven’t attended a CAbi party. In fact, the very idea of going to a friend’s house and get cajoled or guilted into buying something I didn’t want or need made me want to run for the hills. But if you read on, you’ll see why I’m warming to the notion. read more