At some point before the turn of the century, I abandoned store-bought antiperspirants in favor of a product offered by Avon, which proved to be no less efficient yet far kinder to my T-shirts. Further motivation: there was a part-time seller on the premises at 42nd and Treadmill, who was happy to fill my sporadic orders — I tend to order half a dozen bottles at a time, plus occasional novelties like sunscreen — and even happier to see me not hit on her. Amazingly, about the same time she gave up the business, another one of the staffers picked it up, and I continued buying the stuff.
I got down to my last bottle this month, and discovered that well, she’s found another way to occupy her free time. Avon brochures are still not hard to find around the shop, given the sheer number of women who work there, but rather than break in a new Avon Lady, I decided to try their online shop.
Advantages: Flat-rate shipping (though there are faster, and of course pricier, options); no need to wait for the end of the current campaign.
Disadvantages: Utterly lacks the personal touch; base shipping option is Smartpost, which is not known for its speed.
And perhaps most pertinent: inasmuch as there are no part-time Avon representatives where I work anymore, were I to insist on that “personal touch,” I’d have to contact a local representative on my own, and my brain tends to shut down when confronted with a woman at the front door.