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Q: Legacy freedom stores. The joys of being served by people with Iron rice bowls. Fun?

We have a department store a few miles away that feels like it is 40 years in the past. The stuff they sell is crap, the shelves are half empty, and every transaction is recorded in triplicate on a carbon paper pad. The staff all seem to consider every customer as a troublesome interruption to their tea break, and tonight, me and my daughter had a personal security guard following us as daughter perused the toy department.

 

This was not a fiendship store. Just an edge of town department store. But it felt like a command economy dinosaur well past its sell by date.

 

Old folk seem to love it. They can buy a rice cooker without a permit, but the hassle of buying it seems to remind them of the days when a permit was required.

 

Do you have such a store local to you?

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There used to be a lot more of that type of dept store - probably still are in the lower tier cities.

 

Buying stuff there..they were all pretty much identical and like Alan described them, with all the atmosphere of a morgue.

 

I remember going to them and the staff were useless. Most would be sleeping so you'd have to wake someone up and there was never any hint of a smile or even eye contact. If you asked if they had a different size or color or whatever you'd get the instant 'meiyou' that most likely meant 'I have no idea and don't give a shit about even pretending to try to find out for you'.

 

When you go to pay the salesgirl would write an invoice, you'd take it to a different place to pay then take the receipt back to the original salesgirl and pick up your new rice cooker. This was all done in triplicate as mentioned before, with red stamps banged on everything.

 

Then you'd try to find the exit. Getting up to the 6th floor was easy enough because the building must have been designed to herd the customer into the sell zone and there were escalators (not always working) going up but for some reason often not going down but after you'd bought that rice cooker presumably they didn't care about you anymore so you'd find the stairwell that seemed to be the deliveryman's entrance or a fire exit or something and go down the poorly lit, filthy stairwell wondering where you'd end up or if you'd come to a door that was chained shut and need to retrace your steps looking for another exit.

 

Then Walmart came on the scene and overnight the shopping experience changed. Walmart brought the concept of customer service to China I think.

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its news tht some still exist. in my city they've all vainshd.. replaced by walmart, auchan etc. (eventually to b replacd by amazon, taobao etc.)

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There used to be a lot more of that type of dept store - probably still are in the lower tier cities.

 

Buying stuff there..they were all pretty much identical and like Alan described them, with all the atmosphere of a morgue.

 

I remember going to them and the staff were useless. Most would be sleeping so you'd have to wake someone up and there was never any hint of a smile or even eye contact. If you asked if they had a different size or color or whatever you'd get the instant 'meiyou' that most likely meant 'I have no idea and don't give a shit about even pretending to try to find out for you'.

 

When you go to pay the salesgirl would write an invoice, you'd take it to a different place to pay then take the receipt back to the original salesgirl and pick up your new rice cooker. This was all done in triplicate as mentioned before, with red stamps banged on everything.

 

Then you'd try to find the exit. Getting up to the 6th floor was easy enough because the building must have been designed to herd the customer into the sell zone and there were escalators (not always working) going up but for some reason often not going down but after you'd bought that rice cooker presumably they didn't care about you anymore so you'd find the stairwell that seemed to be the deliveryman's entrance or a fire exit or something and go down the poorly lit, filthy stairwell wondering where you'd end up or if you'd come to a door that was chained shut and need to retrace your steps looking for another exit.

 

Then Walmart came on the scene and overnight the shopping experience changed. Walmart brought the concept of customer service to China I think.

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just enough to get the job done, just enough to satisfy, and no more, we have to catch up to the west by spending priorities that are more important than your useless ass. Drink dirty water and wipe your ass with your hands, we got fast trains and missiles to make.

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