Hands up, girls who like to buy vouchers from group-buy sites! Beauty deals such as ‘$18 instead of $388 for facial + eyebrow trimming + massage‘ or ‘$20 for 1 month slimming trial‘ are bound to catch your eye. Such savings!! How not to be tempted to click ‘Buy’?
But after buying the voucher and being happy that you’ve ‘saved’ money, how many of you are actually turned off by the hard-selling tactics of the spa beauticians? They would tell you to add this eye mask, or give ask you to top up a small amount to enjoy a better quality facial treatment etc. Unfortunately, you end up paying a not-so-small amount of deposit for signing up a package after being convinced by the beautician that YOU NEED THAT FACIAL.
Points to note:
– Spa beauticians will ALWAYS promote their products and packages to you. It’s their job. So don’t buy a deal online thinking that it’ll be a relaxing experience and you can have your facial/massage in peace, because you will eventually face an irritating woman who will keep pestering you to part with your money.
– They will always say that it’s the promotion period NOW and if you come back 2 weeks later, the promotion may be over, and you won’t be able to enjoy such savings anymore.
– They might say theirs is the best deal around and you cannot get any cheaper packages outside, and don’t worry, you will not lose out. In mandarin, this is “绝对不会让你吃亏！”
– They might ask you to add-on (means pay more) a better product or an extra service. (I will blog more about my bad experiences in a later post.)
– Some are worse, they criticize your face/body to make you feel inferior and then tell you that you NEED their services in order to be more beautiful. Women are most vulnerable to this.
I am not so proud to say that I have succumbed to signing 2 facial packages after I’ve bought cheap deals online. After being bitten twice, I’ve decided, that NO MORE am I going to be giving these spas my money! Especially when I’m still a poor student, I simply do not have the extra cash to spend on signing up for extravagant packages.
So I’ve come up with a list of actions you can take to prevent yourself from being influenced to spend more money than you had wanted to. Also, this will be a solemn reminder to myself.
1) Put your credit card/ATM card at home, and bring only $20 out. This way, even if you were hoodwinked by them to sign that awesome package, you can’t!
2) Be firm, just say no. Once you waver and appear hesitant in wanting to sign that package, they would not let you leave that small meeting room and will badger until you give in.
3) Say you’re out of job and you have zilch savings. Some evil spas will ask you to use your credit card even after you said your bank is empty, how heartless! Then you’ll know that they don’t care about their customers at all. My friend encountered a spa beautician who even offered to lend her money just so she can sign a package! Relentless TTM.
4) If they tell you that your face is horrible, or you’re fat, muster all your courage and confidence and say that you’re perfectly happy with your body and you do not need them to tell you that you’re flawed.
5) Finally, convince yourself that you absolutely mustn’t spend more than what you already did on buying that voucher. No add-ons, no packages.
Having said all these, it would be easiest to just do number 1. ;)