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Retail Hell: How I Sold My Soul to the Store

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Quirky in a Good Way

I have never worked in retail and until I read this book I really never thought that much about what the job entailed. I certainly do now. The author not only let the public in on what goes on before the doors open at Big Fancy, but taught us that there is no such thi...
I have never worked in retail and until I read this book I really never thought that much about what the job entailed. I certainly do now. The author not only let the public in on what goes on before the doors open at Big Fancy, but taught us that there is no such thing as a purse, it's a handbag.

The author also introduced us to some of his customers ~ in detail ~ and many of them were laugh out loud funny. I had no idea there were customers who came to department stores on a daily basis, customers who requested discounts on top of discounts, or there were "customers" that returned items incognito as their handbags were never purchased at the Big Fancy or in some cases, at all...

This book, although meant to be funny, has given me a new respect for those who serve the public. I don't envy them.

posted by Cisley on December 26, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Don't Bother...quick read but not even worth that effort

As a formal "retail slave" I had been looking forward to reading this book as soon as I heard about it. Unfortunately the author manages to make what should be funny relatable stories...uninteresting and filled with whiny dribble.

What had the potential to be a la...
As a formal "retail slave" I had been looking forward to reading this book as soon as I heard about it. Unfortunately the author manages to make what should be funny relatable stories...uninteresting and filled with whiny dribble.

What had the potential to be a laugh out loud funny read turned out to be 277 pages of listening to a man complain and whine like a immature baby. If I wanted to listen to that I would have stayed in retail and listened to my co-workers.

posted by PandL on August 8, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2011

    Don't Bother...quick read but not even worth that effort

    As a formal "retail slave" I had been looking forward to reading this book as soon as I heard about it. Unfortunately the author manages to make what should be funny relatable stories...uninteresting and filled with whiny dribble.

    What had the potential to be a laugh out loud funny read turned out to be 277 pages of listening to a man complain and whine like a immature baby. If I wanted to listen to that I would have stayed in retail and listened to my co-workers.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

    avoid

    This is the most poorly written book I have ever seen. I wrote "seen" instead of "read" because I just could not finish it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2009

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO GIVE ZERO STARS?

    THIS BOOK IS STUPID STUPID STUPID. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR YOUR MONEY. I'M IRRITATED AT THE CLERKS AT B&N FOR RECOMMENDING THIS BOOK. POORLY WRITTEN & POINTLESS.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    Twenty years and that's all you've got?

    Hall's wannabe upscale Clerks falls sadly short of its mark - if this is hell, it's only the first circle. In the first 24 hours of my retail career, I accumulated funnier stories than these. And I tell them better. In fact, one suspects that the author's 20 year stint in retail on the way to becoming a screenwriter might have less to do with being ground down by The Store and more to do with his being a weak writer. Those outside the business might find a few shocked laughs here. Those inside will roll their eyes at his kvetching.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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