GNC hates me!
- 02-02-2010, 05:35 AM
GNC hates me!
not that i care and idk if this deserves its own thread but...
I usually stop by the local gnc when i go grocery shopping. Well i walk in and always look around to see any almost expired protein powders or pre workouts on sale. I usually always end up getting energy drinks such as rockstars, Speed stack, ripped stack, xyicence, RTD protein shakes or protein bars for a 10 cents to a 1.50..
now the dumbass that works the desk always ask me if i need vitamins and i just laugh and tell him that my 5 dollar ones that last like a year are just as good as the gnc brand. Then he asks if i need a pre workout and tries to sell muscle tech **** to me and i just laugh it off thinking no dude i am just ripping you off buying the cheap **** on clearance...
anyways t hese two skinny ass dudes come in to buy protien hes shoving muscle tech and gnc brand protien down his throat..ready to buy easily 300 worth of protien/creatine etc. I just look at em and tell them man you guys are tryna get jacked right? and they say hell yea.. and im like your wasting your money on all this damn protien powder from here its way to expensive go look at the clerance get some pre workout to get you hyped before lifting and go to walmart and pick up some skinless bonless chicken. and go buy foods high in protien it can be crispy even you guys need all the calories you can get!
they proceed to agree with me put down all there items and leave gnc the sales clerk was PISSSED!
- 02-02-2010, 05:48 AM
02-02-2010, 07:01 AM
Do the salespeople work on commission? If so, no wonder he was pissed!
On the other hand, if they don't - he shouldn't be so upset (even if they have quotas to shoot for).
It's funny, the GNC stores I occasionally visit around here do not push anything on me or suggestive sell. They just let me browse, pick out what I want, or walk out with nothing.
(Maybe when I ask questions they can tell that I know what I am talking about, so they leave me alone or give up on the thought of tricking me into buying a product that is a waste of money).
02-02-2010, 09:39 AM
They get paid off commission plus a paltry hourly wage.
I'd push M-tech garbage as well if I was in his shoes.Obviously the mark up is through the roof,so hence the higher commission.
I believe they are told to push certain brands,which yield higher commissions.
Makes sense.At least thats the way it was when I worked there over 8 years ago p/t.
GNC is "supplementation for dummies."
You eventually learn to shop online rather than GNC,unless you have a hook up.That's how I got my p/t job back in the day.The lady would sell me anything in the store at a sweet cut rate.She would just ring it up as out of date plus my gold card savings on top of that.
02-02-2010, 10:33 AM
LMAO, I once went into a GNC asking for samples of protein and pre workouts. The guy looked at me and said "what, you think we give **** out for free. You just gonna walk all up in here thinkin im gonna give you something". He then proceeds to ask if I wanted a creatine product. I said sure to humor him. He goes and picks up some white flood and said its one of the best creatine product they had xD.. If you know anything about WF, there is not one ounce of creatine in it... I then told him to not be a jackass and any other supplement store I go to gives me free samples and I gave him deuces and left...
02-02-2010, 10:54 AM
i love it, maybe i'm off alittle but i have fun telling these kids what they're telling me is nonsense and they work for commision, they r like ohhh no, but i did know a girl who worked there, i love getting boxes of muscletech bars for free along with big 50 protein drinks for free when they are supposed to throw them out, i messed with the one kid telling me that jack3d was the newest pre workout, so i played along like ohhh really? sounds awesome, then i looked at him like, but the original formula was better when it was jacked and it's been out for alittle while now, the kid just looked at me like damn i thought he really was going to buy this from me
02-02-2010, 10:54 AM
GNC hates everyone. The only thing they love is your wallet.
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02-02-2010, 11:03 AM
I like all yall's posts...I can't stand GNC...what a rip off...I went in there one time to buy some protein and I needed some didn't want to wait on a shipment...Well I checked the price it was something like $40 bucks..and I was like well I'll wait till gold card week which was only a couple days away and I eat plenty of chicken etc...to get protein supplementation...so I went back in and the price of the same tub during gold card week went up $10 bucks...I was like WTF is this??? So I proceeded to tell the clerk I was in here two days ago before Gold Card week and it was $10 bucks cheaper...and they insisted it wasn't and I was like whatever..so I raised a big stir in there with a bunch of people in the store and they all left...ahhaahhaah...
02-02-2010, 01:03 PM
damn bro thats the truth but you jsut stepped on the sales guys dinner plate and crushed it bro, thats low. how would oyu have liked it if someone kept you from closing a deal at your job? or interrupted your next interview and caused you to not get the job, thats Fu(ked up bro
02-02-2010, 01:16 PM
02-02-2010, 04:59 PM
02-02-2010, 05:01 PM
02-02-2010, 05:06 PM
02-02-2010, 05:17 PM
the way i see it, these people dont eat live and breathe supplements and nutrition, like we do. because of all the time we invest into this, we know all the best and worst supplements and see through the bull$hit. the guy thats working at GNC most likely is just working at GNC. he is not an advanced knowledgeable lifter and usually makes minimum wage plus commission. all that MT crap carries a few dollars of that commission every time he sells a tub of nitro tech or whatever. even if he did know about better products, he would still sell the little teenager higher commission product. i did it when i was in college working vitamin world, even though I knew the truth. Im ok with them being ignorant and sales oriented. I just dont understand why they are pushing the OTC PH's to young dudes. I have never even opened the glass door where my store kept all those. I feel like 5 or so years ago guys werent walking into GNC immediately looking for prohormones
02-02-2010, 06:09 PM
02-02-2010, 07:09 PM
Now that I think of it, GNC owes me a discount coupon for messing up a sale price several months ago (long story). I have emailed them several times and they always say to be patient, because "these things take time."
Anyway, I don't think I'll ever see that coupon.
Another reason to hate GNC!
02-02-2010, 07:59 PM
I work at GNC, and I wouldn't give out any advice there that I wouldn't give here. Not everyone who works at GNC is a total piece of shi*t, just so you know. To those who think its funny to ruin sales for other people, I emplore you to reconsider, as this is money these people rely on to get them to the next paycheck. It's fine for you to not agree with a company's policies, but don't punish low level employees who are just doing their jobs. They don't make the policies, they just enforce them, and I'm sure anyone who is lucky enough to have a job in this curent economy, and especially those who aren't, can resect that. If you don't like the company, fine, then don't go there and show your displeasure passively, but don't fu*ck employees just doing their job.
I'm not saying I agree with GNC or how they operate, but they sign my check, so i'll play along until i find something better and more suitable. I do go to school full time and coach though, and they are flexible, so it works for me.
02-02-2010, 08:32 PM
The guy at my local GNC is cool as sh it. He does gear every summer and is one of the guys who got me interested in it, by telling me how fun it is. He knows every ingredient of every supplement and a friggin ton about vitamins and herbals. Nonetheless, he definitely "totes the company line" and tries to push GNC brands to me 24/7 and I have to put him in check. But all in all, I go in on the first of every month to get my hands on freshly expired pre-workouts and protein, and he's cool. I'm to the point with him where I get BOGO 50% off on everything all the time. Which doesn't hurt, especially on the stuff that's 75% off.
But don't get me wrong. I still buy WPI (94% pure) by the lb., and pure micronized creatine by the kilo online.
02-02-2010, 08:32 PM
LMAO I got into an argument about how my Multi was better than theirs at a lower price with the fat guy with womanly arms proceeded to push it on a friend of mine, I then told my friend to buy his ****e at NP and leave this guy with his 90 dollar (after taxes) bottle of crap. Whereupon he told me that theirs was all natural and therefore better so i grabbed the bottle turned it around and said, look under "other ingredients" does that look all natural to you? Also where is your proof that all natural is better and that yours is indeed sourced from all natural places? What is all natural to you anyway? Organic, whole sourced crushed by natives in a jungle? He turned very red and started helping another customer. I only went in there to say hi to my bud anyway haha, he ended up putting back their garbage house brand weight gainer and a bunch of garbage. I mean can they at least hire someone that actually works out? I haven't seen a guy working at one that does in like 10 years. If you try and push something thats one thing, but don't bs about it to someone twice your size and able to back up what he says.
Fuel in Canada is a much better shop. Give you tons of freebies, discounts and carry good brands and will bring in stuff if you ask. All the guys are huge,knowledgeable and know how to supplement and diet correctly.
02-02-2010, 08:50 PM
02-02-2010, 08:52 PM
true story: i walked into a GNC on my break (it was next door) mainly for an extreme speed stack. The dude at the counter didn't even say high, and walked into the back. I thought he wasn't even there, and thought i saw a reflection in the window when i walked up. he comes out, walks to the counter, and doesn't say anything (which was annoying). i finally asked him if they carried a particular product (i don't remember which), when he said no, he asked me what it was. I explained, and then continued asking him what he knew about products they had on the shelves. he kept giving me bullsh** answers, and i said to him "dude..." and explained to him everything he said wrong. then he started asking me about some supps, and i felt like it was all bass ackwards (yea, i spelled it like that lol), HIM asking ME about HIS products... very special.
well, i'll get off my soap box now hehe. much love for my place, not so much for GNC, sorry ktatro1
02-02-2010, 09:29 PM
GNC does carry some very effective products. Should you choose to utilize the convenience of a local store, but you don't want to deal with customer service, then do the research yourself and tell them you know what your looking for so they leave you alone. Otherwise just stay the **** out. If the person is asking advice from GNC rep then thats on them, and the responsibility falls soley on the person who walked in unprepared for what may be coming. I personally NEVER push muscletech. EVER. I have steared countless customers to more efficacious products over muscletech. I have plenty of people that come in and trust me and the product I advise on them taking.
To the person who made a comment about the quality of GNC's protien, it is made by Optimum Nutrition, a brand that most people trust. So if you have problems with the protien, then don't buy it or take it up with them.
To Nynone - it is true that some GNC employees are fuc*king as*hats, but that can be said to be true of any company's employees. The world is full of idiots, and those idiots are bound to show up in every sector of the workforce. Look at our government for Christ's sake.
02-02-2010, 11:19 PM
NO one is holding a gun to your head and making you buy from them.
As of today,I do believe we still live in a free society,but "yobama" is on the FAST track to to eradicate our constitutional rights as FREE Americans....BUT that's a whole other conversation
Sales are sales..No different than any other venue.It is what it is.
You learn,You move on.
02-02-2010, 11:28 PM
GNC is still there for the same reasons places like GameStop/EB-Games still exist...or why people byy over-priced audio/video cables and RadioShack and BestBuy instead of monoprice.com, or why people buy books at the college bookstore instead of amazon.com, ebay.com, or a reseller just a few blocks away.
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02-03-2010, 02:01 AM
02-03-2010, 03:08 AM
02-03-2010, 03:12 AM
honesty is one thing bro but you said: I just look at em and tell them man you guys are tryna get jacked right? and they say hell yea.. and im like your wasting your money on all this damn protien powder from here its way to expensive go look at the clerance get some pre workout to get you hyped before lifting and go to walmart and pick up some skinless bonless chicken. and go buy foods high in protien it can be crispy even you guys need all the calories you can get!
meaning you spoke first and you over stepped your bounds man, just accept it and moveon this thread is now over!
02-03-2010, 03:55 AM
02-03-2010, 12:45 PM
02-03-2010, 12:54 PM
but that still doesnt constitute taking $ from someones table as being a stand up thing to do. i see both sides, the kids will be thankful but man if the sales guy gets evicted i personally would feel like **** if i was the OP
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