French shopping my way

To encourage my agoraphobia even more (ok, I’m not really agoraphobic, I just hate people and I hate shopping), I ordered LaRedoute and 3Suisses catalogs so I could shop from home. I could just as easily shop from their websites, but I prefer looking through real pages rather than adding even more minutes hours to the exorbitant amount of time I spend online already.

Plus shopping in France is 10,000 times more stressful than shopping in the US. It doesn’t matter what day or what time you go, the stores will be packed with people young and old, which you assumed would be at school or work. But you were wrong. And there will be no salespeople to help you. Ever. This is why I choose to avoid French stores like the plague.

Anyway, both catalogs arrived the same day. Both are ridiculously heavy and include a Chèque-Réduction as well as offers of a Cadeau Gratuit. LaRedoute will give me 20 € off of a purchase of 50 € or more, whereas 3Suisses will give me 11 € off of 20 € or more. 3Suisses wins round one.

And the free gifts? They’re almost exactly the same. Orange and yellow silverware with either table mats and napkins (LaRedoute) or plates (3Suisses). Ooh, 3Suisses wins again because momma needs more plates.

Plus if I order 3 items from 3Suisses, I will get another free gift: un superbe collier STAR ACADEMY. Umm, no thanks. LaRedoute wins for not shoving a crappy “gift” from a crappy show at me.

If anyone wants to order stuff from either place, they have parrainage (invite a friend?) plans. From LaRedoute, you would get un sac week-end et sa pochette, 20% off your entire order, and the catalog for free. From 3Suisses, you would get un sac Ines de la Fressange, 25% off one item and the catalog for free. I would get to choose from 5 or 6 gifts, none of which I really want (luggage, bedding, a wok, a vacuum?), so I’d end up giving it to you anyway. LaRedoute wins the final round.

I guess the score is tied, but either way, I’m never stepping foot in a French clothing store again. Now if only I could do all of my grocery shopping online…

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  • Zhu

    I noticed you added me to your blogroll and just wanted to say thanks! It’s always a great way to discover new blogs, I’m glad I stumbled upon yours ;) I’m the opposite, French but living in Canada. Immigrating to a new country is fascinating, isn’t it?I’m looking forward to read what you think of France… don’t worry, I’m very unlikely to be offended, I’m not very patriotic ;) Oh, I read you were learning French… if you have any questions, let me know, I’m a teacher BTW!And yeah, shopping in France is stressful. First, shops close pretty early, then sizes are small and finally clothes are pretty expensive. I like shopping best in N. America! I have never tried La Redoute but it is popular. It’s just that I like to try the clothes…

  • Zhu

    I noticed you added me to your blogroll and just wanted to say thanks! It’s always a great way to discover new blogs, I’m glad I stumbled upon yours ;)

    I’m the opposite, French but living in Canada. Immigrating to a new country is fascinating, isn’t it?

    I’m looking forward to read what you think of France… don’t worry, I’m very unlikely to be offended, I’m not very patriotic ;)

    Oh, I read you were learning French… if you have any questions, let me know, I’m a teacher BTW!

    And yeah, shopping in France is stressful. First, shops close pretty early, then sizes are small and finally clothes are pretty expensive. I like shopping best in N. America! I have never tried La Redoute but it is popular. It’s just that I like to try the clothes…

  • Samantha

    Oh, oh, pick me!! I’d love to get both of those catalogs!!!

  • Samantha

    Oh, oh, pick me!! I’d love to get both of those catalogs!!!

  • Karina

    I hate shopping in the US now, someone always following behind you, “how are YOU today? can i help you find anything” all syrupy sweet.. gahh! let me shop in peace!!!

  • Karina

    I hate shopping in the US now, someone always following behind you, “how are YOU today? can i help you find anything” all syrupy sweet.. gahh! let me shop in peace!!!

  • Jennie

    Hey Zhu, thanks for stopping by! I love reading about Canada on your blog. :)Sam, I just sent you an email with the codes you need.Karina, I had totally forgotten about the pushy salespeople in the US. I absolutely hate when they ask “Can I help you find something?” as soon as you walk in the door.

  • Jennie

    Hey Zhu, thanks for stopping by! I love reading about Canada on your blog. :)

    Sam, I just sent you an email with the codes you need.

    Karina, I had totally forgotten about the pushy salespeople in the US. I absolutely hate when they ask “Can I help you find something?” as soon as you walk in the door.

  • Alisa

    I have discovered that going to the stores in the morning (10am is perfect) on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday is pretty calm…. my favorite times to shop, even though it only happens rarely!

  • Alisa

    I have discovered that going to the stores in the morning (10am is perfect) on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday is pretty calm…. my favorite times to shop, even though it only happens rarely!

  • joy suzanne

    Ooh, I love that they ask if I need help finding anything, as soon as I walk in. If I don’t, I just say “no, thanks”, but if I don’t feel like shopping and just want to get in and out quickly, I really take them up on their offer! I say stuff like “Yes, I’m looking for ________ “, if it’s something really specific and I don’t want to waste my time wandering around looking for it. When clothes shopping, I usually ask to be shown where I’ll find all the stuff on the mannequin. I don’t want to go poking around the racks for hours, looking for the outfits. I make the salespeople work! (I get done a lot faster, too.)In France, it doesn’t work like that, usually. If I ask where something is, they might go so far as to give me vague directions about where in the store I might find it, and then they walk away. Boo.

  • joy suzanne

    Ooh, I love that they ask if I need help finding anything, as soon as I walk in. If I don’t, I just say “no, thanks”, but if I don’t feel like shopping and just want to get in and out quickly, I really take them up on their offer! I say stuff like “Yes, I’m looking for ________ “, if it’s something really specific and I don’t want to waste my time wandering around looking for it. When clothes shopping, I usually ask to be shown where I’ll find all the stuff on the mannequin. I don’t want to go poking around the racks for hours, looking for the outfits. I make the salespeople work! (I get done a lot faster, too.)

    In France, it doesn’t work like that, usually. If I ask where something is, they might go so far as to give me vague directions about where in the store I might find it, and then they walk away. Boo.

  • Karen

    Don’t know if it it’s the same in Annecy but our Super U delivers…just a thought. :)

  • Karen

    Don’t know if it it’s the same in Annecy but our Super U delivers…just a thought. :)

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    I just get rid of all this stuff. Now i like online shopping. It save my time, effort and most importantly its according to my taste.

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