Do you ever feel harassed by pushy sales people on holiday? Our latest survey has found that two thirds of you do, whether it is a market trader or a restaurant waiter trying to coax you in to their eatery.
We conducted the study as part of research into the holiday habits and preferences of British holidaymakers. We polled 1,881 people from across the UK, who had been on holiday within the last two years.
When we asked, ‘During your last holiday, were you faced with pushy sales staff or traders at any point?’ 67% answered ‘yes.’ So, we then asked them to specify which type of stores or outlets these pushy sales people had been in. The most common culprits were from the following outlets:
– Street/Market Traders – 22%
– Restaurants – 19%
– Gift shops – 16%
– Technology Shops – 9%
– Excursion agents – 4%
48% of the people polled said that they had purchased something whilst on holiday that they didn’t really want or need. On average, each respondent spent £42 on such products.
Furthermore, 11% of those polled also claimed that they had got into an argument with a member of staff in a resort abroad.
When asked if they felt like they had been ripped off on a holiday by traders, 37% of those polled said that they had; whether it was due to a faulty product that they had purchased or an unsatisfactory meal in a restaurant.
Our advice is to approach the situation calmly. The best way to deal with pushy traders is to tell them that you are just browsing; if they continue to try and sell their products to you and you feel harassed in any way, move on to the next shop. You certainly shouldn’t hand over any money for something you’re not completely sure about.
Many resorts, particularly in Europe, are renowned for street sellers who try to flog tourists “designer” sunglasses and other items they don’t necessarily need. It becomes a bit of a nuisance when even the local gift shops try to persuade you to buy something you don’t want. It is just part of the cultural difference, and if you do find yourself in that situation, just remember three things if you do decide to buy; haggle, haggle and haggle some more!