Saturday, February 26, 2005
grocery store "serbice"
I'm really into the "service" in Korea. There always seems to be a little discount or some kind of bonus material. I bought a phone card and got a vitamin C drink. I bought a couple bottles of water at the corner store and the guy gave me a couple hundred won discount, and last week I bought some face cream and I got a bunch of samples.
The LG Mart is by far the most peculiar with their "service" that I've seen so far. First of all, they always have samples and the employees try to get you to buy certain special items. Sometimes as an incentive they use packing tape and attach additional items to the package. Sometimes these are related items (like yesterday when I got an extra small ice cream attached to my big ice cream and an extra milk attached to my soy) and sometimes they aren't. For example, you're buying ramen (ramyen in Korea), of course it makes sense that a set of sponges should be attached. You're buying beverages. Why not get the big bottle of Pocari Sweat, it comes with a glass taped to the top. If you buy a few more you'll have a whole set. I'm searching for the perfect cereal. Why not go with the almond flakes? They have a pencil case, a Frisbee, and more cereal taped to it!
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