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I experienced a new way to dumbfound a salesman

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by RobertR, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. RobertR

    RobertR Lead Actor

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    A Dish Network rep just came to my door to "see what he could do for me". I said, "well, you should know I have 3 Directv HD receivers...."

    I loved the look on his face. [​IMG]

    "You....you have THREE HDTVs??"

    "Yes.."

    "THREE?"

    "Yes".

    "Could I see them?"

    "I wouldn't show you all three, but one of them is right here in the living room (65 inch Mits)."

    (What, he didn't believe me?)

    "Uh, I don't think I can help you".

    "Ok, yeah, I'm an unusual guy".

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Lynda-Marie

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    Something similar to this happened when I was about 12.

    My mom had somehow been talked into being the "central hub" for cases of Girl Scout cookies in West Seattle, and troop leaders would come over to pick them up as needed for their scouts. Most of our living room was taken up by these boxes, which were stacked ceiling high, and we had pretty high ceiling.

    Near the end of cookie season, we had a knock on the door, and there stood a Brownie (this girl was about a second grader) and she very politely asked if we wanted to buy some Girl Scout cookies. My dad grinned, and opened the door wider. The girl's eyes just about bugged out of her head, and then you could see tears welling up. My dad was such a softie, though, that he bought three boxes of cookies from her.
     
  3. John Alvarez

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    I don't get it.
     
  4. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
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    Me neither. Doesn't Dish offer HD programming? Seems you're exactly the guy he's looking for: a consumer very interested in upper-tier satellite service. He should have offered you similar package to what you've got now for lower cost and made a good sale.
     
  5. RobertR

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    I think he realized he couldn't offer me a lower price, because I'd have to buy three new HD receivers, including a Tivo receiver. [​IMG]
     
  6. alan halvorson

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    Lynda-Marie: Love your story! What happened to the cookies that don't sell? Did you get to eat them?
     
  7. Joseph DeMartino

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    I have a two bedroom condo and four HDTVs. (56" JVC HD-ILA in the living room, 27" Westinghouse LCD in the bedroom, a 26" Syntax Oleiva LCD monitor/TV that will be the main PC monitor in the home office when that is rebuilt and a 32" Westinghouse LCD that will also go in to home office primarily as a TV, but also as a 2nd PC monitor for video editing. ) And I live alone. [​IMG]

    Regards,

    Joe
     
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    cause, meet effect [​IMG]
     
  9. Joseph DeMartino

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    Your Dad was scammed by Girl Scout rule #76..."When customer seems unsure about a purchase its best to use puppy-dog eyes or even better pretend to cry. This will usually push the customer into buying. If this doesn't work..see rule #666"

    Girl Scout rule #666..."If a customer still refuses to purchase anything after all other means of persuasion. You can threaten their lives, property or both."
    [​IMG] [​IMG]


    With regards to the Dish rep. I have Direct. I am a preferred customer. I called them and complained that Digital cable is offering me a better deal. They gave me $20 off per month for my service package and another $5 off per month from my HD service. This is for 6 months. I will call them in 6 months and get them to keep it going.
     
  11. ChristopherDAC

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    It's like the time, just after we had ripped out all our carpeting, that somebody called to try and sell us carpet cleaning. I said "But we don't have any carpet! We threw it all away!" in this kind of stoner voice. "Uhh—" click.
     
  12. Joseph DeMartino

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    But wait - the guy at Best Buy told me HDTVs were chick magnets. That's why I bought four of them. [​IMG]

    Joe
     
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    Sweet story Lynda

    I can't get a Girl Scout to come to my neighborhood. Thing is they wouldn't need any tactics; I love GS cookies. I seldom get any though.
     
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    You have to make sure that they are all the same polarity of the chicks that you want to attract...
     
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    What?!? No HDTV in the bathroom?!? What do you do when you poop? [​IMG]
     
  16. Joseph DeMartino

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    1. "Pause live TV" That's why God invented the DVR

    2. I can actually see the bedroom TV from the master bathroom. [​IMG]

    Regards,

    Joe
     
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    Maybe Lynda's Family still has some of those cookies left from when she was 12 and could strike some kind of mail-order deal with you, Zen! [​IMG]
     
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    If he's *really* an enthusiast he'd leave a bedpan on the couch.
     
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    Ah. I figured those were free with the subscription, like with cable service.
     
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    Well, my dad had quite a sweet tooth, so we ended up freezing a lot of them. I was pretty sick of them after a while. Fortunately, dad was something of a bottomless pit for the things, so they did not last very long.

    And no, there are none left - that was 28 years ago.

    I found, with selling things as a Girl Scout, the best tactic was to employ CPC - Cold, Pathetic, Cute. The Cold and Pathetic parts were easy, considering Girl Scout cookie season is in March, and those uniforms are not meant for colder weather.

    Many scouts do site sales - that is, they will stand outside a grocery or other type of store, with their table set up. If the people don't buy on the way in, they might on the way back out.
     

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