I am a total sucker for flatus humor.tony shlongini wrote:Buying etiquette? It's all I can manage not to pass gas in the store.
tony shlongini wrote:I would think that since tea is such a specialized field, store owners would go out of their way to develop a rappport with potential customers, since a relatively few steady, if not heavy, buyers will be the bedrock of their business. Alas, this is usually not the case in the business world, which has more of a "let's soak the next poor slob who passes through our doors for all he's worth" mentality. Ultimately, it's up to them. They can be as helpful as they want to be, and they will be rewarded accordingly, at least with my dollars.
Dizzwave wrote:On that note, I've just semi-inadvertently taught my 2-year-old to say "Did somebody step on a duck?" at the appropriate moment (in honor of the late Rodney Dangerfield, of course).
sp1key wrote:in asia, you'll mainly observe two types of tea stores...
one that targets the general public, restaurants, eateries etc
these store generally do not let you try them, you can buy and try it at home.
the other that targets 'more serious' tea drinkers.
usually these stores have more pu that you'll be interested in. Now in most cases upon asking, you may inspect the wrapper, cake, the whole thing etc.
Some will offer you to try them; some will wait for you to request; some will invite you to join them for some tea.
Those who dont allow this, you may request to buy a sample (sometimes they give it for free eventually)
I found one branch of a KL store in a Petalling Jaya backwater, it was run by the owners father. (in his late 70s I would guess)
I spent 2 hours drinking tea with him and trying to decide which teas to buy. After carefully considering which ones (3 plus a tea tray) to buy he threw in the other 2 (I had examined most) for free!
A week later we visited him again and bought a few more items, he was about to throw something in for free, BUT his wife (whom had not been there on the first visit) stopped him, with a sound 'Tut'.
This year, I visited the store twice, his wife was there and not him, I did not buy anything, mainly because I had better sources in KL, but if he HAD been there, I suspect I would have bought something.
I second that. It's also kind of telling, whether the freebies they throw in are cheap stuff they're trying to get rid of (or somehow make you think you're getting a deal), or nice stuff that will get you to come back for more.Odinsfury wrote:It's shop owners like him that you come to truly appreciate.
Odinsfury wrote: I've been in this situation, although not with tea, several times.
Dizzwave wrote:I second that. It's also kind of telling, whether the freebies they throw in are cheap stuff they're trying to get rid of (or somehow make you think you're getting a deal), or nice stuff that will get you to come back for more.Odinsfury wrote:It's shop owners like him that you come to truly appreciate.
p.s. Odin'sFury, are you an Amon Amarth fan?
Janine wrote:Odinsfury wrote: I've been in this situation, although not with tea, several times.
Yep, me too. The minute I read the spouse was there I knew what was coming. I'll never understand merchants who'd rather hang onto inventory than keep it moving.
BTW I'll take this opportunity to congratulate Adagio on its excellent customer service.