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Macy's / Bloomingdales class action lawsuit.... haha!

Commission related...


I worked for Bloomingdales for approx 3 months during the X'mas holidays some years back to gain a bit of insight on retail. I was asked if I wanted an hourly wage or commission so I chose commission because my manager seemed to push it saying stuff like, if you sold $4000 you would get a commission check of say $400. I don't remember what the exact rate was then.
The first month I got a check for X dollars, can't remember how much but not more than 2000.
The second month half those goods were returned and the check was half of what I expected. The third month, same thing. The fourth month, I had a minus check... ie I owed Bloomingdales for working for them?

Anyway I also noticed, during returns for size exchanges one sales woman was returning merchandise I sold the day before and putting it under her own number thus cutting me off my commission. Anyhoo... I chalked it up to bad experience and moved on I had no intention of being a sales person for the rest of my life anyway.

So, a few months back, I received a note from a legal team representing plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against Federated Stores and so I told them about my experience. Apparently there was an investigation by the Dept of Labor and now Federated has to fork out a few million dollars...
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Reply #1 posted 01/30/10 10:05am

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Good! That commission racket is a bunch of censored
I put myself thru college by working in retail.
The same thing would happen where I worked- but if you were caught re-ringing an exchange under your number, you were written up. But still... heffas were sneaky about it. lurking

A funny aside: Whitney Houston frequented the store where I worked. NO ONE wanted THAT commission! talk to the hand She was mean and ignorant toward salespeople. She'd come in with an entourage, try on a bunch of stuff, talk to you like trash, and leave. mad

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Reply #2 posted 01/30/10 10:14am

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chocolate1 said:

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Good! That commission racket is a bunch of censored
I put myself thru college by working in retail.
The same thing would happen where I worked- but if you were caught re-ringing an exchange under your number, you were written up. But still... heffas were sneaky about it. lurking

A funny aside: Whitney Houston frequented the store where I worked. NO ONE wanted THAT commission! talk to the hand She was mean and ignorant toward salespeople. She'd come in with an entourage, try on a bunch of stuff, talk to you like trash, and leave. mad


Actually that was the second time I was contacted by an attorney regarding sales practices by Federated stores. The first time was for a class action lawsuit regarding their discrimination practices toward black and ethnic shoppers. I did notice some sales people following black shoppers around the store to make sure they were not shop lifting. In a store like Bloomingdales they felt that only white women with/without money were allowed to shop there.
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Reply #3 posted 01/30/10 10:56am

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pplrain said:

Commission related...


I worked for Bloomingdales for approx 3 months during the X'mas holidays some years back to gain a bit of insight on retail. I was asked if I wanted an hourly wage or commission so I chose commission because my manager seemed to push it saying stuff like, if you sold $4000 you would get a commission check of say $400. I don't remember what the exact rate was then.
The first month I got a check for X dollars, can't remember how much but not more than 2000.
The second month half those goods were returned and the check was half of what I expected. The third month, same thing. The fourth month, I had a minus check... ie I owed Bloomindales for working for them?

Anyway I also noticed, during returns for size exchanges one sales woman was returning merchandise I sold the day before and putting it under her own number thus cutting me off my commission. Anyhoo... I chalked it up to bad experience and moved on I had no intention of being a sales person for the rest of my life anyway.

So, a few months back, I received a note from a legal team representing plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against Federated Stores and so I told them about my experience. Apparently there was an investigation by the Dept of Labor and now Federated has to fork out a few million dollars...

Karma... is a bitch!
[Edited 1/30/10 9:53am]



What!? Wait a minute, so if you work on commission and something you sold gets returned your commission for that month is reduced. WTF? Is this standard with commision sales or is this just something unique to Federated Stores entities?
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Reply #4 posted 01/30/10 11:03am

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I've sold and managed on commission for almost 20 years and I've NEVER HEARD that your commission is deducted when an item is returned... never!

Now that one lady who was commission switching should have been fired on the spot!

I hope justice serves you well!!
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Reply #5 posted 01/30/10 11:14am

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Ifsixwuz9 said:

pplrain said:

Commission related...


I worked for Bloomingdales for approx 3 months during the X'mas holidays some years back to gain a bit of insight on retail. I was asked if I wanted an hourly wage or commission so I chose commission because my manager seemed to push it saying stuff like, if you sold $4000 you would get a commission check of say $400. I don't remember what the exact rate was then.
The first month I got a check for X dollars, can't remember how much but not more than 2000.
The second month half those goods were returned and the check was half of what I expected. The third month, same thing. The fourth month, I had a minus check... ie I owed Bloomingdales for working for them?

Anyway I also noticed, during returns for size exchanges one sales woman was returning merchandise I sold the day before and putting it under her own number thus cutting me off my commission. Anyhoo... I chalked it up to bad experience and moved on I had no intention of being a sales person for the rest of my life anyway.

So, a few months back, I received a note from a legal team representing plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against Federated Stores and so I told them about my experience. Apparently there was an investigation by the Dept of Labor and now Federated has to fork out a few million dollars...

Karma... is a bitch!
[Edited 1/30/10 9:53am]



What!? Wait a minute, so if you work on commission and something you sold gets returned your commission for that month is reduced. WTF? Is this standard with commision sales or is this just something unique to Federated Stores entities?


Yes... I have only worked for Bloomingdales in retail and no other retail store.
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Reply #6 posted 01/30/10 11:17am

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RenHoek said:

I've sold and managed on commission for almost 20 years and I've NEVER HEARD that your commission is deducted when an item is returned... never!

Now that one lady who was commission switching should have been fired on the spot!

I hope justice serves you well!!


Actually I approached the manager with copies of receipts of the purchases and they ignored them. The sales person in question was their favorite and had worked there for a number of years. I had confronted her, initially she said it was not my sale she returned but later when she saw the receipts I showed her, she said the customer was her "regular". BS.

I hope Federated gets what is coming to them.
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Reply #7 posted 01/30/10 1:14pm

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RenHoek said:

I've sold and managed on commission for almost 20 years and I've NEVER HEARD that your commission is deducted when an item is returned... never!



I used to work for a chain of women's stores called GANTOS. They had the same policy. They eventually went out of business in the early 90s, but it was the same thing. nod

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Reply #8 posted 01/30/10 1:50pm

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I've been followed around in rite aid/duane reade...I definitely don't plan to go back to that store.
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Reply #9 posted 01/30/10 7:25pm

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I've been followed around in rite aid/duane reade...I definitely don't plan to go back to that store.



those are two different chains, not related.
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BlackAdder7 said:

peacenlovealways said:

I've been followed around in rite aid/duane reade...I definitely don't plan to go back to that store.



those are two different chains, not related.

I know...just forgot which one it was. They both look the same.
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Reply #11 posted 01/31/10 9:20am

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so i guess then you could add yourself to the list..
i would..
i worked for federated way back when it was becoming..
jordan marsh,maas brothers ,burdines..worked in the warehouse in tampa when they put all the stores together and eventually made it just burdines..
and now it's macy's..
there was alot of discrimination there.and in their individual stores..
i used to shop in burdines in t shirts and jeans..and except for being
followed around, was basically ignored..there was always a sales associate nearby,but almost never an offer of assistance..
the one that did come up to me and ask always got my business..to the dismay of the ones who ignored me..when i shopped there it was for certain things..and it was not really a small sale.. giggle
i'm white but i dressed like i had no money..and most of them ignored helping me,but were watching like a hawk..
and i still do shit like this..

so you joining the class action..
or letting them off the hook??
were it me i would not
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Reply #12 posted 01/31/10 9:30am

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The only people who make any money in a class action lawsuit are the attorneys. They are just a scam to make money for lawyers. They will collect 50 percent of any settlement plus expenses and everyone else will get $20 or something similar if they jump through a bunch of hoops that are designed to make you not collect any money.

BTW - the return policy make sense cause otherwise what is to keep you from just having all of your friends go in and buy $1,000's in clothes and then simply return them to make you some money? I mean it does seem as if they were being a little crooked if they were acting as if everything you sold was being returned but the return policy makes perfect sense to me.
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Reply #13 posted 01/31/10 9:31am

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chocolate1 said:

clapping
Good! That commission racket is a bunch of censored
I put myself thru college by working in retail.
The same thing would happen where I worked- but if you were caught re-ringing an exchange under your number, you were written up. But still... heffas were sneaky about it. lurking

A funny aside: Whitney Houston frequented the store where I worked. NO ONE wanted THAT commission! talk to the hand She was mean and ignorant toward salespeople. She'd come in with an entourage, try on a bunch of stuff, talk to you like trash, and leave. mad


Y'all should have snatched her wig off her head and slapped the shit out her. lol

And what kind of damn star buys clothes from a store? A real star has people to custom make their clothes. Oh...I forgot, she's always been a "down to earth" kind of girl. barf

Y'all should have called me up when she came in the store. When I got through talking about her ass she would never come back in that store again. lol
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Reply #14 posted 01/31/10 9:37am

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Reply #15 posted 01/31/10 9:43am

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Y'all should have snatched her wig off her head and slapped the shit out her. lol

And what kind of damn star buys clothes from a store? A real star has people to custom make their clothes. Oh...I forgot, she's always been a "down to earth" kind of girl. barf

Y'all should have called me up when she came in the store. When I got through talking about her ass she would never come back in that store again. lol



We'd usually get "word" from another store that she was on her way... We'd try to "clean out the fitting rooms" or "be in the back steaming dresses" so we could avoid her. lol
Can you imagine salepeople fighting to NOT help a wealthy customer?!

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Reply #16 posted 01/31/10 9:46am

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chocolate1 said:

vainandy said:



Y'all should have snatched her wig off her head and slapped the shit out her. lol

And what kind of damn star buys clothes from a store? A real star has people to custom make their clothes. Oh...I forgot, she's always been a "down to earth" kind of girl. barf

Y'all should have called me up when she came in the store. When I got through talking about her ass she would never come back in that store again. lol



We'd usually get "word" from another store that she was on her way...


falloff


We'd try to "clean out the fitting rooms" or "be in the back steaming dresses" so we could avoid her. lol
Can you imagine salepeople fighting to NOT help a wealthy customer?!


If I heard she was on her way, I would have eaten a big can of beans and then go in the dressing room and fart in it as many times as I could so it would be smelling like her name when she walked into it....Shitney. lol
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Reply #17 posted 01/31/10 9:50am

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fielder said:

The only people who make any money in a class action lawsuit are the attorneys. They are just a scam to make money for lawyers. They will collect 50 percent of any settlement plus expenses and everyone else will get $20 or something similar if they jump through a bunch of hoops that are designed to make you not collect any money.

BTW - the return policy make sense cause otherwise what is to keep you from just having all of your friends go in and buy $1,000's in clothes and then simply return them to make you some money? I mean it does seem as if they were being a little crooked if they were acting as if everything you sold was being returned but the return policy makes perfect sense to me.


hmmm

probably most true..
many years ago i joined a class action against baby formula maker similac..
they were accused of price goughing..charging way too much for what it cost to manufacture and distribute..
anyway..class action won..
and i got a check for $3.60 woot!
i aways meant to get it framed..
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i may still have even..
and it's been over 15 years
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