*B/DLs and Retail Jobs

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Pramrider

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My daughter and I were having a discussion about retail employment this evening. Our talk involved a rant I had with retail stores in general (subject of a later off topic thread), but afterwards it got me to thinking...

Many teens get their start in the working world at retail stores because they'll usually hire anyone with no previous work experience. I know from job related threads that many younger ADISC members presently work in retail. For stores that carry baby and children's items, what better people to have on the sales floor than *B/DLs. The items being sold wouldn't just be *things* because they're actually what we're all about. Whether they're fetish with us or not, we still enjoy baby/children's items. Infantilists could be the most enthusiastic workers a store like Toys-R-Us or Babies-R-Us could possibly have. Even larger stores like Wal-Mart or Target could greatly benefit by having us in their baby and/or toy depts. Who else knows so much about baby diapers? Who else can name many of the brands of all sorts of baby items? Who else knows all about the various paci sizes and styles? Who else would so enjoy playing with...err...demonstrating baby gear to customers like stollers, car seats, and high chairs? ;) Who else in teen or adult years enjoy toys so much? *B/DLs, that's who!!! :thumbsup: We could run circles around the sales people presently employed in those areas. I've always been a firm believer that store sales personnel should know their product lines. For infantilists in baby depts. it would be easy.

With the lower salary scales of retail sales workers you might not want a career in retail sales, but while employed in it you could have lots of enjoyment with what you're working with. Customers would also appreciate having knowledgable people in the baby and toy stores, too! If I were a teen again, that's where I'd want to start my working career.:smile: Baby/Kiddie retail is a definite niche for *B/DLs in the working world where we could really excel, and have a little fun while on the job too.:D

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Well I work at Target...Unfortunately, I didn't get to choose which section I work in, although in the backroom next to the freezer, there are so many baby diapers...Cases and cases of Pampers, Huggies, Luvs, etc...Each case has like over 100 diaper in them...
 

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You should ask for them as a bonus if you work hard. :thumbsup:
 
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I've actually considered that type of store position before... but my undying disdain for public attitude has pushed me beyond the realm of wanting a job in retail.

However, I usually haven't considered the job simply because I think the public expects people who work those sorts of jobs to be an older sort of person who looks like they've had a few kids themselves. Not only that, but it's hard to break the stereotype here that the male/father figure isn't into that sort of thing, isn't the primary carer of the children and that that particular role would best be suited to a female.

Imagine walking into the store and seeing a young, male adult working there. Sure, that doesn't disqualify them from their ability to fulfil their duties, but it would catch a lot of people off-guard. I don't think business would hire someone like myself for that kind of job.
 

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Well we benefit them to an extent, Pram.

I'd think that a mother would be better suited for the job, opposed to a teen baby. I, for instance, may know that I enjoy playing with some sort of toddler keyboard, and I can tell a customer that. However, a mother could let the customer know that their child responds to this or that toy better, and yadda yadda.

We are interested in it, but we only know so much, and can only do so much. I personally think someone else, aside from a tbdl, would be better for the job, such as a parent.

Even - for example.... Would you rather have a TB working in the baby furniture department, they could let you know what kind of furniture is best, or looks the funnest, etc... or would you rather have a woman who has great style sense and a child, and can help you match up the colours and let you know what your baby will probably need most.


I will agree though, that a *b would be much better suited to work there, opposed to some joe--schmoe off the street.
 

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I have worked retail for over 10 yrs. more out of desperation for a job.
dispite having access to diapers and toys etc.
it would be embarassing to have your co workers see you buying things like diapers or baby itmes if they know you don't have kids.
they may ask some embarassing questions.
plus coming out as as and ab or dl to your bosses or co workers isn't a good idea.
plus they may fire you . thninking your a pedophile or something like that.
 

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Honestly I think much of what wetatnight is saying is true. You aren't going to act interested in any of that stuff when you are in the working environment... people may think you are some kind of sicko... and a toy or baby store is going to be watching for pedos. and pervs. like mad.
 

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I see what wet and Dark are saying, even though I doubt an *B would be like " Well this pacifier is better for older kids. Me, I got that one in 2 colors at home."

You would just have to know enough without it seeming like you've actually used the product.

I'm honestly afraid of talking to strangers on a regular basis, so I would be a horrible retail person. I can do cashier, but they are, as we all know, in their own world. XD
 

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I see what wet and Dark are saying, even though I doubt an *B would be like "Well this pacifier is better for older kids. Me, I got that one in 2 colors at home."
Oh yes, I also understand what everyone is saying. I wasn't suggesting any *B/DL IRL, who would take such a job, should let on to what they were at all. Hope it didn't sound that way. I was just looking at it from the standpoint of people like all of us in this community would naturally be more enthusiastic and interested in baby related product lines. That interest would translate into the desire to learn more about the products which would be a benefit to customers. People like to shop where workers can answer questions about the items being sold, and even help them come to the best decision as to what to purchase.

Guess I'm looking at it more from my own perspective. Yeah, I love to actually climb into baby gear, strollers in particular, but I have another side which enjoys collecting the nicer models and even restoring them. I think that's in my profile. I have an all-around interest in them. This interest in them as a collector has caused me to want to gain more knowledge about the different models. I even belong to a few stroller and pram groups which are made up almost entirely of moms. I say almost because their is one other man who could be my twin as far as his enjoyment of collecting prams is concerned. Though he isn't AB from what I can tell and he knows nothing of my AB side either. Unfortunately, he lives in Australia, so doubtful we'll ever meet up to talk prams in person. In the over four years I've belonged to these groups I've become a highly respected member, even appointed as a mod by the group owners on two of them. (See, Peachy, I have a nice, shiny ban hammer of my own which I've used on occasion.:D) Moms are emailing me all the time asking for help identifying a stroller they picked up cheap at a thrift store or yard sale, or looking to bid for on ebay. Never once on any of these groups has anyone ever insinuated I was some kind of perv or pedo because I enjoy having strollers and other baby items. Instead, they wish their husbands had such an interest.;)

If I worked in the baby section of a store it would be all business while at work. Customers or workers wouldn't ever see me sitting in strollers or highchairs, and I wouldn't think of letting on about my AB side. *Pram to mom customer* "Now this is a really sturdy model, I have one at home I sit and nap in regularly." *Mom customer to Pram* ":eek:" Nope, wouldn't go there! That side of me would stay at home in private. I'd just channel my enthusiasm and knowledge into helping customers make the wisest decision before plunking down their hard earned money. In the nearby Babies-R-Us I do see men working the sales floor just as much as women. But, as Mandi put it, they strike me as "Joe-Schmoes" who couldn't answer much at all about what's in the store, or even something simple like how to fold up a stroller. They just have this facial expression and general demeanor that it's a job, nothing more. No genuine interest at all. In all the baby stores I've been in around here you rarely, if ever, find a mom. Mostly it's younger teens working part time to earn a little money. Which is probably the main reason "mom" doesn't work there - too low of wages!:frown:

The thing about "the guy must be a perv" if he wants to work around anything relating to little children or babies really gets in my crawl. I'm not upset with anyone who related that thought in this thread because they speak truthfully, it's the way things are in this sick world. The perception itself is what gets my blood boiling. I know we discussed it at length in my other thread about female pedophiles. It's a bum rap decent men who like working around children have to endure because of a small minority of males who are sickos make the headlines. If anyone thinks men can't be as genuinely loving and caring towards children as women, please read my feelings about a certain little child in this thread: http://www.adisc.org/forum/mature-topics/1798-foster-children-adoption.html I haven't seen this little girl in 1.5 years now, but I still love her as if she had been my own daughter from birth, and I know in my heart I always will. Guess I don't fit society's stereotypical image of how a male should feel about kids, and I'm sooo glad I don't.:smile:

Ah well, I've beat the keyboard enough on this subject this morning...:eek:

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Pramrider, I certainly agree with your analysis of the retail market and share similar thoughts. The best people to place in a particular department is someone knowledgeable in that area. However, there are other factors in play when it comes to the baby sections.

For a *B/DL to excel in such a department or store, they must be very careful to avoid being overly enthusiastic or knowledgeable. A teen is not normally knowledgeable of the various bottle brands, styles, and types. For example, the bottle nipples are available in several sizes with varing flow rates. Another bottle selection criteria is the plastic quality. The cheaper brands are more likely to retain the smell or flavor of past contents and contaminate the next beverage. If only formula or milk is used in the bottle, this is not a problem. When the child is old enough to begin drinking juice, this becomes more of a problem. The bottles that use a disposable liner are a pain to correctly assemble. They also are a poor choice for keeping liquids in a diaper bag due to the limited lifespan and durability of the liner. A mother would probably be disturbed receiving such information from a male without children. The breast pumps in the baby isle is not an item most women would discuss with a young male. It is better to have an older lady work in the baby department because of the above information. Considering the number of retirement age women seeking part time employment, probably easier in addition to less creepy.

Stores must ensure the best possible customer experience taking into account both knowledge and other factors. While a *B/DL would be knowledgeable, other factors dictate who is selected for which department.
 

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Now I would enjoy a job selling incontinence supplies. :D
And I have no doubt you'd be very successful at it, Darkfinn! The sales people that truly excel are the ones who have a lot of interest themselves in the products they're selling.

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And I have no doubt you'd be very successful at it, Darkfinn! The sales people that truly excel are the ones who have a lot of interest themselves in the products they're selling.

~Pramrider

Why thank you...

Unfortunately there aren't any big-time incontinence supply companies in my area.

How cool would it be to work for Dry 24/7, or XP Medical, or HDIS. :D
 

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Since my wife now knows, she enjoys going to the baby stores, or Target, looking for clothes and toys for our new grandson with me. She asks me for my opinion, and it's really enjoyable for both of us. I also kind of appreciate the fact that she trusts my judgment. Of course I look at the cute clothes they have for little ones and think wouldn't that be great in adult size! I've always enjoyed toys, and those are fun to explore as well. Now of course, everything is electronic, and plays all these tunes, with flashing lights. And the plushie sections have the best teddies and other animals. There's so much more choice than when I was little. I guess the best part is that it's something that my wife and I can do together and really enjoy. She goes in her electric cart, and I scout out things for us both to look at. Good thread Pramrider!
 

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A mother would probably be disturbed receiving such information from a male without children. The breast pumps in the baby isle is not an item most women would discuss with a young male. It is better to have an older lady work in the baby department because of the above information.
Good points to consider, Jeremiah. I honestly hadn't thought about products of a more personal nature such as breast pumps. Yes, I agree a typical mother would feel uneasy about discussing something of that nature with a male employee, young or old. My expertise would have to stay more narrowed to larger baby gear items which is where my interest lies. I don't know if BRU breaks sales floor jobs down that way. It would make sense they do since men do work the floor, at least in the stroller and furnishings aisles where I spotted them before. Assigning women to work in the more *sensitive* sections would be the appropriate thing to do.

From what I read in your post one thing's for certain, if I ever open my own baby store I def want someone with your extensive knowledge working there. I was seriously impressed with all the points you brought up about baby bottles alone! THAT's the kind of product knowledge a retail sales person should have and display IMO.:smile: Oh, and they should be adequately rewarded salary-wise based on the knowledge they have.

dogboy said:
I guess the best part is that it's something that my wife and I can do together and really enjoy. She goes in her electric cart, and I scout out things for us both to look at. Good thread Pramrider!
EDIT: Dogboy, what you posted reminded me of when my wife and I shopped for our babies. I was given responsibility of the *hardware* items - stroller, crib, highchair, walker, and so forth, which I loved doing. :) She took the *software* items - crib liner, baby clothes, blankies, crib sheets, etc., which she loved to pick out. Worked out pretty good for both of us.

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I work at Walgreens and on the second day I got put onto the baby aisle. Now everytime we get a new shipment I stock it cause I'm the quickist and best at stocking it. So now I work the baby aisle everyday and I quite enjoy it........ I do beleive I've actually checked out afew AB/DL's. Guys in their late teens buying depends and such.
 

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I work at Walgreens and on the second day I got put onto the baby aisle. Now everytime we get a new shipment I stock it cause I'm the quickist and best at stocking it. So now I work the baby aisle everyday and I quite enjoy it.
Rakai, you just made me green with envy...

The baby aisle in retail.....like working in Paradise.:D

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I work at Walgreens and on the second day I got put onto the baby aisle. Now everytime we get a new shipment I stock it cause I'm the quickist and best at stocking it. So now I work the baby aisle everyday and I quite enjoy it........ I do beleive I've actually checked out afew AB/DL's. Guys in their late teens buying depends and such.

I was with the medical things for my first day of Target...So I was near the Depends and Affirmity (Target brand maybe? I'm not sure)
 

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So I was near the Depends and Affirmity (Target brand maybe? I'm not sure)
Affirmity??? I've never heard that name for a diaper before. I've never been in a Target either but there is one not too far away. Any reviews?

Sorry to divirge, not much I can add to the topic you guys have covered it pretty well.

Nam
 
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