We love our customers. I promise you, we really do! But sometimes customers say the darnedest things! We had a little fun on our Rochester Artisans email list the other day, comparing notes. So I thought I’d share a few with you. Add yours to the comment section below!
“You should really make a lot of those in many different colors!
I’ll bet you’ll sell a ton of them… did you think of that?”
I have watched people — thank goodness not many — who take their finger nail and try to get the paint to scrap off the item. Then they walk out and not buy a thing!
How about when someone comments “how many in the set” when looking at a glass bowl!
She wanted me to give her a better bag than what she had for her other purchases!
Customer examining one of my dichroic glass beads: “Wow. If you can make flowers like this, you could get a job at Troll Beads.”
The classic ones are the “tappers”.. some of whom get very aggressive in their woodpecker imitations on my glass as they say with great authority… “this is plastic….” and of course they aren’t pounding on anything small… usually it is on my $$$ panels…. and I have a large banner that says (company name) Glass which could cause some confusion I suppose….
Another one is “oh I do that…” I ask if they have a kiln, or make their molds, “No, I do that, I go to garage sales…”
And “Where do you buy your plates/bowls ?” they ask while standing in front of one of several signs that say we make our plates, bowls out of art glass in our kilns….
I had a customer come in my booth and ask me what my paintings were painted on. I replied “velvet.” She responded “but it looks like fabric!”.
I paint gourds and can’t tell you the number of people who ask “Are these plastic?” One little girl was convinced they were plastic, even after her mother showed her their natural state. A new question I’ve received lately is “Are these grown in America?”
“Can I buy this?”
“Are these for sale?”