Tagged: retail

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Deep in the Pit of the Stockroom

I worked at a home decor store back in college. It wasn’t my dream job, but it paid the bills. It was a small store with a dozen employees, so we did everything from...

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The Prepaid Debit Card

A couple of weeks before I moved, I called up AT&T and asked about transferring my DSL service. The guy on the phone told me that my type of DSL was being phased out,...

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The Golden Age of Bookstores

Back in the 1990s, a lot of book lovers bemoaned the death of the small, independent bookseller. They thought of the big chains like Borders and Barnes & Noble as the enemy. This was...

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The Flea Market

We worked flea markets for a while. The whole family was involved. My mom made costume jewelry on a workbench in the basement. She took apart old watches and used the clockwork for broaches...

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Friday, Black Friday

I can’t believe the news today. Walmart has announced that its Black Friday sales will start at 8pm on Thursday. In other words, on Thanksgiving evening, right after dinner. Holding big Christmas sales on...

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Manipulation and Marketing

All marketing involves manipulation, at least to a certain extent. After all, if you’re trying to convince someone to support your brand or bit your product, you’re going to have to tie into human...

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The Supermarket Casino

Walking into a supermarket nowadays is like walking into a Las Vegas casino. In both cases, the environment is designed to overwhelm your senses and distract you from how much money you’re spending. And...

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Workplace Adventures: Canned Music

My least favorite thing about working retail was the canned music. At the first store I worked at, they played the same music every two hours. Every two hours. The same thing on a...

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Workplace Adventures: Overnight Shift

I got to the store and clocked in. Then I checked the bulletin board. There was a new schedule posted. It looked pretty normal, except for Saturday. Saturday I was scheduled to work from...