Originally Posted by Amethyst
I don't know how old you are, but I bet they aren't too interested in over-55 responders, who are stereotyped as not buying much.
Although DW and I scored big time a few years ago due to being over 55 and "looking it". We were in a higher-end furniture store and were lolly-gagging around in no particular hurry. This was a store we'd purchased several pieces from over the years but it's not like we were on a first name basis with the staff. I noticed that one store employee (turned out to be a manager) had appeared to be following us around yet keeping his distance and began to wonder if he thought we were up to something. Finally he approached us and started with some small talk, eventually asking if we'd consider accompanying him to their conference room and giving one of their marketing people our opinion on changes they were considering for their website. We said "sure" and soon discovered that they wanted to test the navigability of their site by older, perhaps less web-savvy, customers. We appeared to fit the bill and is why we were shadowed and finally approached.
After spending somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour providing our input (with detailed documenting of our comments by the marketing guy), we were profusely thanked and handed a substantial store voucher (I believe it was for $250). Then before we left he asked if we'd consider, at some future date, reviewing the revisions based on our comments along with other changes they were considering. Again we said "sure".
Yep, a few weeks later we were contacted and did exactly that. This second time we were handed a $400 voucher. So $650 for well under two hours work (was fun so you could hardly call it work) in a place we like and knew we would purchase again, regardless.
Some days it just pays to be a geezer!