In Other Words : Browsing

Thanks Patricia. One of my favourite pastimes from yesteryear.

I used to love to browse in shops.
It didn’t matter if it was clothes, books, DIY, or supermarkets.
Then over-zealous assistants intent on boosting their commission used to harass me within minutes of me clearing the doorway.
Browsing is no fun anymore.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to In Other Words : Browsing

  1. Fandango says:

    These days, since I rarely go to a bricks and mortar store anymore, I associate the word browsing only with using my browser to browse the web.

    • I browse the web for price comparisons and availability for some things. On-line shopping will eventually replace the High Street stores, which already don’t stock as much as they used to, or in the case of clothes, the slightly less popular sizes.

  2. Reena Saxena says:

    Sales targets and incentivization have killed the joys of shopping, or even relaxing in a beauty parlor.

    • I used to enjoy having my hair done at the hairdressers, mainly for the lovely vigorous head rubs! I was priced out of that years ago, the last shampoo and cut I had (an not even a blow dry or cup of coffee) cost me £26 and that was last year for my birthday.

  3. rogershipp says:

    Yep… you have me in agreement. But, when you DO NEED someone… where are they?

    • Hubby and I start counting as soon as we walk through the door in some shops. I know what you mean though when you do want some help. There’s never anyone around!

  4. Patricia says:

    I love to wander through the shops and it can be bothersome to have a salesperson watching your every move. That being said, I understand the salesperson’s plight. I was in sales for years and one of the things we were to do was greet the client within one minute of their entering the store. Most of us didn’t like it but if the person was a “secret shopper” our response time and a list of other things were on their list. Their report went to corporate and we got graded. If there were three less than 100% reports it was good-by job. So don’t stop browsing just smile and keep moving. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • I remember once I was followed by a store detective as I as buying clothes and wanted to mix and match skirts, tops and trousers which were in different places in the store. I smiled at her, knowing she was only doing her job, but actually ended up buying nothing at all! (MIL was a store detective)

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