Last week I posted some words of advice to comic shop owners and employees. Now I turn my attention on to you, the customer(s). As before, it's not directed toward anybody in particular. Here we go.
1. Acknowledge their existence - It doesn't hurt to be friendly to the people working at the store. As a matter of fact, you'll get better service if you did. You want them to be friendly, return the courtesy.
2. Treat the store and staff well - Some stores allow you to sit and read. While this is cool, it's not a library. I understand checking a book out to decide if you want it or not, but if you want it - buy it. Also, some stores sell (or allow) snacks and drinks for the game-playing customers. Please clean after yourself (this is directed toward them as well, but they won't be reading this so...). Do you want someone to come into your home, eat and drink, then throw the crap on the floor or not throw it away at all?
3. Try to have some idea what you want - I know it can be hard, especially if you are getting into comics for the first time, but have some idea what you might be interested. The staff will be more than happy to assist if they have a general idea what interests you.
4. Be appreciative - Thank the staff for their help. They are trying to make a living just like you and me. I get great service because they appreciate my business and I (in all modesty) am a great customer. I tell people where they can find what they need and will receive great customer service.
OK, I'll stop this now because I'm starting to sound like the educational films we saw back in grade school. But it's all common sense stuff. We just need to be reminded from time to time.
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