I'm sure we've all had the dreaded, "what do you recommend" conversation with friends, family, and co-workers but how many times has the advice actually been acted on? Part of my pet peeve with it is that when asked I take the time to consider their estimated budget, need/use, space available (i.e. I won't recommend a 60-inch high fridge if they only have 50-inches of clearance), and even ask about personal tastes; the least they could do is at least consider my suggestion right?

Nope.

Sorry, things just don't work that way. It's not to say that all my recommendations are the best in their category. Sometimes they're just good enough for whomever is asking; most of the time they'll ignore my well intended research and just go with whatever the person at [big-chain retailer] sells them.

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So as we approach the holiday gift buying season here in the U.S., how many of you are looking for to giving recommendations? How many are looking to pretend they don't know/don't care?

My only hope is that my family members don't try to assume they know what I'd buy, the guy at BestBuy is probably wrong.