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What’s Wrong with Millennials? Here’s What Jewelers Say

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WE ASKED OUR RECENT Big Survey respondents to tell us one bad thing about the rise of millennials. The most popular answers were along the lines of how much they think they know, how they erroneously trust what they see online, and how impatient they are. Here were 12 answers (some representative, and some just funny).

  1. “They know some, but they think they know all.”
  2. “Their tendency to buy online rather than in person.”
  3. “Tiny jewelry! Where, oh where, are the big fat colored stone pieces? Oh yes! In our safe.”
  4. “They’re broke and can’t afford some of the things they want!”
  5. “Forcing us Boomers to think differently than we are used to.”
  6. “Dependency on Google Reviews.”
  7. “They never like something right out of the case; it always has to be customized or slightly different. I swear if I pulled out exactly what they asked for, they would still want it different just so they can say they had it made custom.”
  8. “They all feel so unique, it’s hard to not show that they are actually similar to one another.”
  9. “They want it NOW.”
  10. “They want ‘experiences’ as opposed to items to mark those experiences.”
  11. “Their music stinks.”
  12. “Millennials. You know the type. Oversensitive, phone-obsessed, selfie-snapping, ‘Friends’-binge-watching, kombucha-guzzling, influencer-obsessed complainers. If that sort of thing drives you crazy, here’s your trigger warning: Millennials are taking over the workforce. Get used to it.”

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