Yeah, I know what you mean. It actually goes both ways, I've had sales people who would not take no for an answer and I've had 'em that just didn't seem that interested in selling anything but Leicas.
Luckily, I've been there enough times, I know who to avoid and try to go directly to the good guys. There are some there who've been there a long time and they're usually better to deal with. That said, the last time I was there, it seemed as though they had gotten rid of the bad apples.
Not making excuses for any of them but I think they all get really tired of unkind customers...Dealing with the public is very difficult work at best. Dealing with the public in a very affluent neighborhood is even more so. I think they have their defenses up.
I always make a point to be extra polite. I try to show than that I'm a serious buyer and I not gonna be an asshole. If I get an irritating sales person I go find another. Just say, "Ok, thanks for your time", walk away and find another sales person. Even if they're in a different part of the store...
Don't know what to say about they guy upstairs in the Darkroom area...but I do buy almost all of my darkroom supplies there.
thx for your answers so far
Excellent reference for Northern California!
Who stocks >color< 4x5 sheet print film?
And who stocks Kodak chemistry? Most of the websites don't like full inventory.
Thanks in advance, visiting next week!
Green Apple books in san fran, had the best selection of new and used photo books in one place that I had ever seen.
Quite a challenge to decide what I could fit into my homeard bound weight allowance.
I found a few goodies at adolph gassers, and a nice converasation with a staff that understand why some still shoot film.
Dropped into Glass Key to buy some e-6 and say hi to Matt.
Stocked up in LA at at Freestyle and enjoyed their nice gallery of staff work at the same time.