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    sales persons Vs. buyers [be my guest]

    Hi,
    In our country suppose that I own a boutique and I am a salesperson. You come into my boutique and buy some clothes.
    When you want to pay for it I tell you as a compliment :"Be my guest" = (take it for free) = as a compliment
    Then you say "no thank you very much it's nice of you please take the money." and then I take the money.

    I want to know whether you hear such compliments from sales persons or not. What expressions do salespeople use for you when you want to buy something from them? Do they use the bold written part? If not then what do they usually say in order to show a compliment or respect the buyer?

    Or suppose that you go to a bar and have some drinks with your friends. When you are finished and want to pay for the drinks you go to the bar man and say: "Sir how much should we pay?"
    Then what can the bar man say as a compliment? Is it common if the bar man says to you: "be my guest"? then you say no thank you very much.

    Source: self made general question
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    Re: sales persons Vs. buyers [be my guest]

    Places don't stay in business very long if they give away the merchandise.

    So, no it is not common for the situation to come up. Giving away stuff is not usually considered a compliment either.

    A bartender would say "thank you" or "please come again" in order to show his appreciation for your business.


    Is it customary in your country for businesses to act like they are not going to charge you, and then the customer must insist on paying?

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    Re: sales persons Vs. buyers [be my guest]

    Thanks for answering. For more clarification let me give you a dialogue:

    In Iran you can imagine this conversation:

    Customer: Hello sir may I have look at that T-shirt?
    Salesperson: Sure, here you are.
    Customer: Thank you. I buy it. How much should I pay sir?
    Salesperson: Be my guest!?
    Customer: Thank you very much sir, it's nice of you. How much should I pay?
    Salesperson: 23$ Ms.
    Customer: Ok, here you are sir.
    Salesperson: Thank you. Have a nice day Ms.
    Customer: Thank you bye.
    Salesperson: You're welcome. Bye.

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    Re: sales persons Vs. buyers [be my guest]

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thanks for answering. For more clarification let me give you a dialogue:

    In Iran you can imagine this conversation:

    Customer: Hello sir may I have look at that T-shirt?
    Salesperson: Sure, here you are.
    Customer: Thank you. I buy it. How much should I pay sir?
    Salesperson: Be my guest!?
    Customer: Thank you very much sir, it's nice of you. How much should I pay?
    Salesperson: 23$ Ms.
    Customer: Ok, here you are sir.
    Salesperson: Thank you. Have a nice day Ms.
    Customer: Thank you bye.
    Salesperson: You're welcome. Bye.
    That would not work in the USA. The customer would thank you and then leave without paying.

    In a US bar, when the bartender wants to buy a customer a drink, he says "That one is on me" or "That one is on the house".

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    Re: sales persons Vs. buyers [be my guest]

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In a US bar, when the bartender wants to buy a customer a drink, he says "That one is on me" or "That one is on the house".
    Then will the customer say thank you and pay for it or he just leaves the bar without paying for it?

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    Re: sales persons Vs. buyers [be my guest]

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Then will the customer say thank you and pay for it or he just leaves the bar without paying for it?
    If you're offered a drink on the house, you take it! I don't know anyone who offers to pay for something when they've just been told it's free.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: sales persons Vs. buyers [be my guest]

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Then will the customer say thank you and pay for it or he just leaves the bar without paying for it?
    The customer would thank him/her for the free drink and then pay (and tip) for the rest.

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