Might look like one of my posting days Anyway, it’s happened again:
Some salesman from a hotel knocked on our office door, talked to one of my colleagues and handed him a brochure of his hotel. My personal assistant brought me the brochure and told me all about it: we should keep it in case we have overseas visitors who might need a hotel, the brochure looked so good, probably, the restaurants were good as well, she went on for quite a while. No thanks, in case I have visitors, I’ll probably be able to choose a hotel for them on my own, and possibly closer to the office than some place at the other end of town.
Last time, three people from a bank came in here, handed out free pocket-sized radios to everyone and asked us if we wouldn’t want to set up an account in their bank. No thanks, we have a company account with a bank located in our building (very convenient!), and there is no need for us to go and open an account somewhere else. However, my colleagues were really impressed with the gift and the talking and close to running over and opening an account. I told the lady, we would get in touch with them if we needed their service, took her name card, thanked her and said good-bye.
Things like this have happened before. It’s one way of advertising a service/product, and though I wouldn’t necessarily do it myself, I don’t mind it as long as it doesn’t get too much. But while I might listen for a moment to whoever is trying to sell me something, I usually end the monologue by asking for the persons name card and with a smile tell him/her that we will get in touch with them when we need their product/service. I think I’m polite enough but do you think the Taiwanese consider me rude? My Taiwanese colleagues, however, always seem very impressed with whatever the person wants to sell and close to buying on the spot, regardless of whether or not the person’s offer is special (it usually doesn’t look special to me). Am I oversensitive? Have other foreigners experienced something like this? Is my point clear?