I’m still sort of in shock about the fact that I allowed a sales representive in a kisok that speaks broken English to sell me products that are supposed to be made from the Dead Sea in Isreal.
I can’t recall ever being sucked into a sale like this before so maybe there really is a first time for everything.
Now for the story, my wild and crazy friend Movie “Mag” ness see profile decided to spend Veteran’s Day at Town East Mall in Wichita, Kan.
After sipping wine at a winery and sucking down a strong drink at lunch we headed into the jungle of sales representives.
After surpassing my self imposed spending limits, I was ready to shut the credit cards down and head for the exits.
But in order to get to the desired exit we had to walk by another section of hungry sales representatives and one of them grabbed us by the hand and didn’t let go until he had sucked money out of us like a vampire sucking blood.
The beast came at us dangling small cups of smell good lotion. He then targeted my long unpainted fingernails and before I knew it he was buffing and rubbing one of them and suddenly I had one shiney nail and nine dull nails.
“Your nails will shine like diamonds,” the beast said as he sensed his prey was ready to dine on.
He told tales of naturally shiney nails and no more manicures and a product that lasts years.
My buddy was sucked in as well but was trying to stick to her guns.
“I can’t afford it,” she repeated. Meanwhile I stared at the one shining nail thinking great, this thing may shine for days and if I don’t buy this stuff and shine the others I will be driven nuts with the difference.
Before I knew it I was pulling out the Discover Card and charging minerals from the Dead Sea marketed under the name Obey Your Body.
The beast knew he had a sucker fish ready to be fillet, so before he hit the total button on the $69 sale he tried to convince me that I should be a good friend and buy Movie Mag a kit as well for the low price of $30.
I declined and declined and she continued to tell him no but before I knew it I was purchasing a second kit for $19.95 and like me, my credit card wouldn’t decline either.
So now the beast has sucked just under $100 from his prey. Defeated and weighted down we tried to leave but he wanted names of four people.
We refused to lead any of friends to the sale slaughter but he convinced us he does not call these people so before we could leave, Movie Mag was giving four names.
After writing the names down, the beast offered four more nail kits for the price of one.
No, no we repeated. We fought back the urge of sliding credit cards, and whipping out cash and continued to say no without meaning.
The beast then lowered the price until finally Movie Mag gave in and she was the proud owner of four kits for $30.
I cried foul as I had paid $90 for two so in the end we split the half a dozen kits, of course she still got the better deal but that is what I get for being the sucker to give in first.
I have to give credit to the beast, he sees his prey and targets well.
I did a Google search and learned that there are a large number of these animals roaming the halls of malls everywhere feasting on unsuspecting shoppers.
Most report a similar experience but most are satisfied with the product.
I do have to say having 10 shiney nails is better than having one so at the moment I think I’m satisfied with my product, however should I decide I need another one, I will visit Amazon.com first where the price appears to be more affordable.
And for those of you that plan to shop the malls, I suggest wearing gloves, this would make it harder for the beast to shine one nail and suck you into his money draining game.