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Shopping vocabulary: the Naked Stunt

London is famed for its shops, department stores and sales, and last Wednesday saw a very long queue outside the Desigual store. The reason was that the Barcelona-based casual clothing brand did a special promotional stunt: they promised 100 customers on Wednesday an outfit of their choice – not reduced but free of charge.

Promotional stunt

All they had to do was be one of the first 100 customers to enter their store on Regent Street at 9am – and be half-naked. Whatever clothes they needed, they could try on and have at no cost whatsoever. As luck would have it, Wednesday started off raining (welcome to the British summer) and 200-300 people queued up, some even as early as 11pm the night before. Therefore, many shoppers were left disappointed, and without clothes!

Desigual

Desigual’s ethos is based on positivity, tolerance, commitment and fun, all of which - and a lot more - were shown on that morning. If those customers who queued lacked a bit of that, then luckily an Australian band called Set Sail did their best to help, and sang for them.

Shoppers in London

Are Londoners crazy or just dedicated shopaholics? Do we know a good bargain when we see one or are we just a bunch of cheapskates? Do people lose their self-respect when it comes to free stuff or is it an inexpensive fun way of shopping? Personally, I hate window-shopping, let alone shopping, and all I kept thinking about this promotional offer was that there’d probably be 200-300 sick people – 100 of them wearing Desigual. So was the free product worth the price of waiting? I’m guessing at least 100 would say ‘yes’.

Shopping Vocabulary:

Department store
a large shop divided into departments selling a great many kinds of goods e.g. Harrods
Sales
an event at which goods are sold at low prices by shops
A queue (noun)
a line of people, especially when waiting for something
To queue (verb)
the act of waiting in a line of people
Promotional stunt
an event to get public attention or for marketing purposes
Brand
a famous name which represents a particular product or company
Outfit
a set of clothes, especially a carefully selected one
Reduced
something that has decreased, for example the price
Free of charge / at no cost
when you do not have to pay
Try on
test the look of clothes by wearing them first
Shopaholics
people addicted to shopping
Bargain
a product at a good, usually cheap, price
Cheapskate
a person who doesn’t like to spend money
Inexpensive
cheap
Window-shopping
to look at products without buying
Offer
for sale at a reduced price
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