Most of us have met a hideous dealer who refuses to give up-no matter what you say.
Usually, it’s sales that look almost too good to be true. We are quite competent to make things look better than they actually are.
Stand up against them, so that you’re not spending money on something you don’t like. If you do, you’ll regret it later.
It should be borne in mind, however, that salespeople do their job only. One should of course show respect— and there is no need to be unpleasant. Being nice but straightforward, the way to go is “thank you but no.”
The (fictional) plot is about a Montana salesman. I felt sorry at first for the man — but when I got to the end, I couldn’t stop laughing! Such a clever response! The best thing I have read in a long time!
Michael, a young guy from a small town in Montana, moved to New York. He entered a large department store, looking for a job.
He got an interview with the boss, who asked:
“Do you have any sales experience?”
“Yeah. I was a vacuum salesman back in Montana”, answered the young fella.
The boss was uncertain, but Michael liked him— and decided to give him a chance.
“You arrive at 8 o’clock tomorrow. After we close down, I’ll come down from the office and see how you’ve done it, “he said.
The first day on the job for Michael was difficult but he worked through it. The boss came down to the sales floor after the store was locked up, and collected all the staff.
“How many customers have purchased anything from you today?”The chief asked.
Michael sighed and whispered at the floor: “Just.”
“Get it together!”
The boss shouted:
“Only one?! Our service workers range between 20 and 30 customers per day. This has got to get better! And soon, if you want to carry on working here. Here at the big apple we have very stringent standards for our sales force. One sale a day in Montana might have been appropriate but you’re no longer in the countryside, kid. Get it, or get it out!”The young man listened to the complaint from the manager but kept looking straight into the floor. On his first day, the manager felt bad for chewing him out so he asked:
“Okay, how much was your one sale for?”
Michael looked up and answered:
The boss, astonished, said:
“$124,088.30?! What the heck did you sell?!
The young man explained:
“Well I sold him a few new fish hooks first. I sold him a new fishing rod after that, to go with his new rods. I asked him where he was going to fish and he said off the coast so I told him he was going to need a boat, we went down to the boat department and I sold him the new twin-engine model we had. Then he said he didn’t think his little car would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him a 44 Dodge truck. “After a minute of silence, the boss ‘ jaw dropped, he asked:” So a man came to buy fish hooks, and you sold him a boat and a new truck?!
“Not really. To be honest, the guy came in here to buy tampons for his girlfriend. But then I said, ‘Dude, your weekend’s shot, you should go fishing’.
The following day, Michael was promoted …
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