Posts Tagged ‘ Retailers

Do You Buy Stolen Goods? (the Prelude)

When I worked in retail we had a major problem with stealing. I wasn’t going to go into specifics but I might as well tell you this story because it makes me smile just thinking about it.

Okay, so I worked for Harvey Norman – I usually wouldn’t tell you who because it’s the correct thing to do but since they made me redundant I really couldn’t give two hoots now – as cashier in the Computer franchise (just to set the scene). It was in the afternoon of a Wednesday and one of our sales guys found an empty box in the mobile phone section. The box used to contain a phone with a cost of AUD$240, give or take. Our franchisee searches through the video footage and finds this half-white half-Asian fellow who took the phone into an area with no staff, removed all the security from the box and buggers off with it. Now here is where it gets good. Thursday afternoon, around 1-2, just after everyone’s had their lunch breaks and we’re really starting to get sick of the day, the PA to our franchisee recognises a half-white, half-Asian guy who was wondering the store. Now how about that, the cocky bastard returns THE VERY DAY AFTER and tries his lucky again! No phrase has been more appropriate ever in it’s life of being a phrase than “quit while you’re ahead” was right then.

So our franchisee is standing just outside our section (there is electrical and computer up the back of the store, then cashiers, then those security tower things then bedding and furniture section, of which the only entry and exit is for the store), coppers hiding behind a couch somewhere in furniture and all of us just minding our own business acting like we always do. The most memorable moment would have to be when the PA walks naturally out to our franchisee to tell him that she’s seen our little friend take an external hard drive and has seen him put it back since (he’s been walking around the store for quite some time now). Which was followed by our boss turn to a couple of couches and give a leather three-piece with a recliner a thumbs up sign, of which two hands from behind said three-piece return the gesture. Our little half-white, half-Asian friend passes me as I say my usual cheery goodbye, past the security towers which lay silent, and is stopped by our lovely, smiling boss who asks to see inside his bag. A smile to the three-piece and our lovely boys in blue appear and take him back inside where he was met with three solid, slow, claps.

I think the thing that makes me smile the most is when a rather fancy and no doubt expensive folding knife (of the Stanley variety as opposed to a Balisong or hunting knife) and pliers is pulled from his bag (among the stolen objects). “Ohh, geez, they look pretty nice!” exclaims our boss,
*click of a voice recorder* “I’m returning the knife and pliers to <Boss’s name>” *click of the voice recorder* says a boy in blue as he hand the two items to our Boss.

Good times. I’ll finish why I wrote this introduction in some other post when I can be stuff – stay tuned (other post can be found here if you cannot be bothered to scroll up or you are viewing this as a standalone post or this post is at the top of a page).

Pino…

Online Bikinis

An Australian shopping website I love to go on because of their bargains is Shopping Square.com.au. They have a hell of a lot of crap on there but they also have some pretty good bargains on some really good stuff as well. One thing they used to have a lot of (and constantly on sale and I’ve recently notice that they’ve cleared them completely, beating me to the point of this post before I even move on form the introduction) is bikinis!

Now SS isn’t the only online retailer that stocks (or in SS‘s case, stocked) them as they are about as common as those tee-shirt with whinging, bitchy slogans on that teen girls and heavily overweight mothers like to wear. Now I’ve been a man for all of my life (even more so when I was born) so I probably have no idea here, but isn’t a bikini one of those few item you REALLY want to try on first so you know you get that perfect fit? The surf is pretty violent on the calmest of days, you hardly want to find out any sizing imperfections before, or even worse, after taking a dip. Saving thirty little ones really pales in insignificances if the bikini doesn’t fit.

Again, maybe I’m just making way too many assumptions here, so I welcome your corrections on the matter.

Pino…

Overstock

So today I discovered Overstock.com and was pleasantly surprised and disappointed all in one. While it has an easier interface to work with than shopping.com and price grabber, the prices for the items shown always seem higher than what I can find on PG. Although, with that being said, there is a lot more complete crap on PG than OS which isn’t a bad thing for OS. If you could not only choose filters to add plus filters to exclude than PG would be a lot more user friendly, but at the moment, even the most obscure collection of poorly implemented filters chosen nets you 300+ results to plough through, usually more.

Oh well, it’s still better than ShopBot (at least for fashion related items).

Pino…

Jeans > Other Pants?

Now this is the story all about how My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute and I’ll keep it clean
I’ll tell you how I stopped wearing normal pants and started with jeans
I wore cargoes and straight pants where ever I was
as casual pants go I thought they were the ones, cause
long shirts, short shirts, tee-shirts so fine
until my pants were ripped up mother took this as a sign
]Powerhouse M & F[ is the store she chose
I tried on some jeans and what do you suppose
I looked damn good, and with a pair of new shoes
I was a hot mother flipper with nothing to lose
and as my other pants when into decay
I’ve been wearing nothing but blue jeans since that very day

That is EXACTLY how it went down – if anyone tells you otherwise they’re a liar and a thief and probably wear suspenders.

But, there is always a but (he-he-he, butt), upon started this blog – whenever I started it (keeping track of time just lets you know how badly you’ve wasted it so let’s live in ignorant bliss for a little while longer) – I thought to myself, why not wearing non-jeans in a casual sense. I own plenty of business pants as I wear them to work and look pretty spiffy doing so, but I cannot remember wearing anything other than jeans since that day in a casual environment.

As you have no picked up so far, that is my current challenge to myself and I plan on fulfilling it.

Minute two: it’s not going well, I look at all of these picture and I cannot see myself wearing any of them! What does one wear with casual pants? Do tee-shirts still work? How come all of these picture are from the hips down? I need fashion guidance you bastards!

Minute five: I’ve found a nice pair for $250+ – I hate you fashion world.

Minute six: these look good but apparently I’m supposed to wearing them with thongs and without a top. That’s all well and good but I don’t own any thongs nor is my chest in any way attractive (it hasn’t grown/developed since I was twelve -_-).

RUSTY SHEETYA PANTS - SurfStitch
Minute ten: I think I’ve found some that I can work with :).

Minute fourteen: These were amongst the most popular (I’m starting to suspect that maybe what I want and what you people want are completely different things).

Minute twenty-six: It looks like the longer I look the more trollop I find. In lieu of my impending pants breakdown I’m going to back to my original pair and see how that works out for me :/. I’ll get back to you kids on how well it turns out.

Pino…

Shopbot

I have been using ShopBot when buying anything remotely computer or electronically flavoured for years now and it has never occurred to me, not even once, to use it for my fashiony related quests.

Hmm, either there’s no decent Australia online fashion related retailers or ShopBot need to improves its pool of source sites. Well this was a disappointment.

Pino…