Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ikea Lost Me For Life

Not that it was the only place to shop but, occasionally I would stop there. I simply wanted a clothes dryer (for sweaters and shirts). I found what I wanted, picked up a couple of other items and headed for the register. WTF!

At the register, there were long lines. I saw about 7-10 (wandering in and out) employees watching the lines. All of the lines were self service. ALL. Eight self service lines were each about six customers deep. And employees were standing around. There were certainly other available registers. All of them were closed and blocked.

You could say that the economy is bad. You could say that they didn't have enough staff. But, it is hard to explain why so many employees were standing and watching paying customers stand in line. There were even other self serve lanes -- all closed!

So, I get to walk through your huge showroom when I just need a few items, use a self-checkout, and wait in a long line for the privelege of buying at your store? I do not think so. I prefer not to stand in line or to use self checkout. If I have to stand in line, either I have selected the wrong time to shop or you need to adjust your staffing. If I have to use self-checkout, I expect the best items with a discount.

I have high expectations when I shop. Why shop at a place where you are not respected? By the way, I have had a retail shop. If you had to wait longer than 30 seconds in line, you received an automatic discount. That is simply appreciating your customer (you know, the one that keeps you in business).

Needless to say, I will not set foot in Ikea again.


Frugal JD

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mid May - already?

It's mid May and I have so much going on. I have started resale shopping. Why? I spent too much time in the mall and left empty handed. I even left the state. Nothing in my bags until, I found the greatest resale shop. Too bad it is halfway across the country.

So, I am looking for a new one locally.

Working way too hard. I'm thankful to have a job, very thankful. I found an extra $1000 in my checking account. An extra $1000.

There are a million things I want but, not necessarily to spend that money. Speaking of that, where are the workout tapes? I have been to Target, WalMart, Costco and Sams and no workout tapes (none that I want).

No way should I be blogging while GA is on. Yeah, George is going into the Army (or some branch). I kind of tune out when the military is discussed.

Anyway, save and shop resale. Quality resale. I have to admit that the shop I visited tonight was not up to par. They had a lot of thrift shop merchandise. Anytime Banana Republic is your top brand . . . look at it this way. Across the street is a resale shop with better pricing and has new and very gently used clothing. The items ranged from $3-$1,000 but, the $1,000 piece was LV luggage. I spent $80 in that store and had an outfit. Across the street, I could have had an outfit that looked used. For the same price.

In Minneapolis, I found a great shop. They had a ton of merchandise that I wanted. I ended up with two new tops (tags and labels still attached). Grand total, $20. Trust me, values are there.

Buggies were eating my strawberries so, I had to move them. Something was sucking the juice out of my berries. I have had to toss at least a quart this month. Not happy. The radishes are all over the place. I am giving them away. Never let a 13 year old plant your garden.

Anyway, Happy Spring