I just got home after browsing through the watches at Wallace Bishop, an Australian jeweller who have quite a large range of mid tier watches, including TAG Heuer, Raymond Weil, the better Seiko ranges, Tissot, Oris, and Longines. One staff member who was in watches implied I couldn't afford their Seiko Premier Perpetual Calendar, despite the fact I was in the shop wearing a watch worth three times the price tag of the Seiko. I may be only in my early 20's, but I don't think age should be an indication of potential budget. I think that people selling watches should treat everyone as though they were buying the most expensive watch in the store.
Has anyone else had similar experiences with staff underestimating their potential budget? Did you just walk out, or did you persist until they showed you the watch you were really interested in?
EDIT: Wallace Bishop is also the shop that gave me a quote of $495 to service an ETA 2824-2. Moral of the story: steer clear of them with watches!