Fall 1992-Spring 1999
© 1992-1999 David Ramsay
Original creation with piecemealed components. Various costumes representing over seven years of warm and fuzzy customer service.
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Customer Service memories.
(Holiday variant: Embroidered shirt, blue jeans with garland and Santa cap. I altered the garland to fit my shoulders.)
Soon after I moved to California, I was hired by "The Good Guys!", a well-known West Coast audio and video electronics chain. I started out in Customer Service, working behind the scenes. There, I would hone my skills of inventory control and warehouse maintenance. From Walkmans to big screens, everything had to be accounted for, brought quickly and efficiently to the customer. As a member of Customer Service, I had to wear a uniform, consisting of a black shirt and pants. Luckily, I could wear jeans in the back as it gets pretty dirty back there... In 1992, we were known as "CSRs", or Customer Service Representatives. The company restructured the flow of transactions in 1994, and we came to be known as "SSRs", or Sales Support Representatives. In addition to our stockroom duties, we took on the role of cashier. As the Sale Counselors regained control of their entire transaction, the stockroom became our focus - again. By 1996 we would also no longer be responsible for receiving and logging customer repairs. We were now known as "MCAs", or fondly coined as Merchandise Control Associates. Talk about the history of "being PC"... I guess anyone of these labels is better than "stock-boy". I had one day dreamt of being a "stock-MAN".
|Summer variant: Silk-screen shirt w/ black shorts, lift belt & CSR tag.|
My numerous CSR, SSR and MCA optional accessories.
Being in the warehouse most of the time and quickly the most senior employee in the back, allowed me privileged access to visiting Sales Reps. Often I was the one to assist them in their product presentations. As result, I found myself being the first to receive promotional goods. This was usually in the form of T-shirts, but included hats and other items. I was allowed to incorporate these into my daily costume. I could now coordinate my apparel to that of the mood in the store. Sometimes, even being so daring as to create a variant or "hybrid" between The Good Guys! and visiting supplier.
A few of my optional promotional accessories.
Rare collectible Delivery Jacket and Emeryville Softball Team shirt.
Cyber Cone, gets honed by Maggie.
Genome-17 keeping the rude customers in line.
(The customer is not "always" right. Especially when they make outrageous demands based on unsubstantiated facts.)
Z-RAM v.1.2 takes calls at Customer Service. Later, he engages in
a smack-down life and death struggle between the MCAs and Management.
A Little Bit More...
In 1998, I decided to go into Video Sales. I could exert more creativity in my dress, especially through the use of flashy ties. The dress code could no longer be "casual", meaning no jeans, sneakers or unshaven chins. Had to be clean and tidy, since I now worked on the floor and interacted with potential customers. However, the combinations of pants, shirts, ties, shoes and accessories opened up the most diverse selection of costumes to date, at times being totally outrageous. Unknowingly, the trends I set back then with purchased and piecemealed parts would soon become an acceptable form of expression at anime conventions. I was ahead of my time, because now purchased and piecemealed costumes, that resemble business, school, trendy club and streetwear are common in today's cosplaying wardrobe.
Sales Counselor David and a festive Holiday variant!
(The festive Holiday variant is the same as the "Beige shirt w/ geometric tie, dark blue pants & Sales tag.
Brown leather accessories w/ gold accents", but I altered it by tying a different tie around my neck.)
|White shirt w/ Cat in the Hat tie, dark blue pants & Sales tag. Black leather accessories w/ gold accents.|
Some of my Sales Counselor optional accessories.
Basic accessory comparison between MCA (left) and Sales Counselor (right).
Yes, I Got NERV...
Carefully choosing just the right combination of parts from my Sales Counselor costume, I was able to recreate three very challenging costumes from the popular show Neon Genesis Evangelion. Wow... I think they came out perfect.
Here is my perfect Shinji Ikari, Kensuke Aida and Ryoji Kaji costume.
(See how I altered the Kaji costume by partially untying the tie.)
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