Employee discount?

Old 12-07-2015, 02:32 PM
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Never having worked in retail I do not know the norm,but I did presume that if an employee recd any kind of discount on in-house purchases, that discount was deducted from the cost at the time of purchase and employee paid the discounted price. Well,a friend was telling me about a relative of hers who recently got a job at a big box hardware store after being let go from lucrative employment elsewhere--another horror story----anyway, it was explained to this new employee that if anything was purchased from store, that cost would be deducted from their wages and be reflected as a deduction on the next paycheck. Is that a normal/ usual way of receiving an employee discount? It sounds sort of weird to me, but I have nothing to compare it too. Just wondering
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Old 12-07-2015, 02:55 PM
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I worked in retail 20+ years and for several different companies. I imagine each company is different and has their own way of doing employee discounts. The companies I worked for gave us a choice of either paying for the items at the time of purchase or we could charge it to our account, meaning the purchase would be taken out of our next paycheck.

Like I said just depends on company, and what their policy is.
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:02 PM
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I always received the employee discount at time of purchase and the discount was plainly printed on my recipe.

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Old 12-07-2015, 03:02 PM
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I haven't worked retail but my SIL has and she said it was deducted from her pay - seems extreme but maybe they want to discourage it. I would prefer to pay as I bought the item. I see at the grocery store they pay for it when they buy it.
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When I worked at Sears we paid the discounted price, however when I worked in a small local shop we were given the option of having it deducted from our paycheque. Most of us chose that option, as it meant you didn't have to waste time on your break going to get your wallet, you just signed your receipt and got a lump sum deducted. It worked great....I know... I did the payroll and in over 25 years most all employees chose that route.
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:23 PM
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I haven't worked in retail since House of Fabric was bought by JAF. But we had a discount card that we just showed at the register for 25% additional off the subtotal before taxes. It is the only reason I worked part time while having a full time job as a computer operator.
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:38 PM
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When i worked at a department store in 2006 during Christmas, you had to put your purchase on the house credit card. Every place itps different

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Old 12-08-2015, 05:10 AM
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Thanks for the input on emp disc...I just thought that a strange practice. Imagining myself in a retail environment that was something I really liked could leave me with paying the employer to work there.....
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Old 12-08-2015, 12:38 PM
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Where my son works he gets the discounted price and he pays right then. He can apply it to family members. He has been in the store for so long and know everyone that when my dh goes in and he mentions ds's name he gets a discount.
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Old 12-09-2015, 05:09 AM
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I own a small retail store and our employees pay for their discounted items at the time of purchase... I could not imagine deducting from their pay check, it would be a hassle to do the math. LOL

but as someone commented, maybe the company doing so is trying to discourage personal purchases or prevent the employee for taking discounts for others (family & friends) just a thought.
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