In many kinds of stores that sell expensive things, sales people will try to confuse you into buying things you really don’t want to buy. This can take the form of convincing you to buy more than you intended to buy, or convincing you to buy something even though they don’t actually have what you want.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
1) Sales people will often try to make you feel like you are being rude if you end the conversation unilaterally, and will only agree to end the conversation if you buy something. You don’t have to follow the rules of the conversation they are setting up. If you want to end the conversation, it should end.
If they pressure you into continuing the conversation after you’ve politely said you want it to end, they’re the ones being rude. And you should walk away or hang up. (But, don’t yell at them either. There’s a good chance it’s not actually their fault.)
2) If you don’t want to talk to a sales person in the store, you can say that you are just looking.
It can also help to wear headphones, even if you’re not actually listening to anything. Headphones make people look less approachable.
4) Any time someone tells you that there is an amazing deal but you have to decide *right now* or else it will be expensive forever, they are lying in order to pressure you into making a decision before you are ready. Real sales don’t work like that. Companies that have time-limited serious sales have them frequently; they are never a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
5) Think about what you want before you go to the store. (Maybe even write a list). Don’t buy anything that doesn’t meet the requirements you listed. If a sales person suggests something else that *seems* like a good idea, but that isn’t what you wanted, don’t make an immediate decision. They might be right, but they are highly trained at *sounding* right and you are *not* highly trained at filtering sales talk. Walking away in order to think about it makes it easier to make a good decision.
3) It might be a good idea to take someone with you when making expensive purchases. It’s harder to confuse two people at once.
6) Consider buying online from a large retail site such as Amazon.com. Amazon.com product listings usually have straightforward descriptions of the product as well as product reviews, and all of the information is available without having to be watched by another person as you would be in a store. That can make it easier in some cases to make a good decision and buy the right thing.