For most of my life I have been a frugal person, as my friend from ‘dribbles by chuck’ used to say, “Translate that as CHEAP”. I have been sort of a salesman at times, and like everyone, a BUYER many times.
I have known people who were GOOD HONEST salesmen. That is not to say they were employed as Salesmen. In my life I have had three brothers in law who were REAL SALESMEN. And a brother who knew sales.
Dick and Jim could could have ice cubes to Eskimos as the saying goes. You could be around them when they were talking about something and you would find yourself wanting what ever product they were talking about or you would want to go to the place they were describing. They had charismatic personalities. Both were highly successful in their chosen fields.
Then there is Elmer who knew the knack of selling, and that is what he did for a living. He chose running a Roach Coach. It is a dicey thing to run credit on a roach coach, but Elmer always did. I have known others who would say, “Elmer you cannot do that, people will quit their jobs and leave you with the bill.” His standard answer was, “Tell Sears & Roebuck that!”
And then there was Lefty, Sherry’s brother and Junior my brother. Both great guys. They were successful salesmen with no flair, just straight forward honest men. The product is here, if you want it good. If you don’t I am not going to be upset. It is a good product at a fair price. They both had a take it of leave it attitude, without an ‘attitude’.
Most shoppers, especially the female brand were upset when Ron Johnson came into play as CEO of JC Penny. He must be a lot like me but with plenty of money (RICH). I have said thousands of times why don’t the stores just sale their products at a fair price and forget the danged little ‘discount cards’, coupons and SALES?
The answer is, some smart PR sales guy just after WWII came up with ‘SALES’ as THE pitch. Yes I know sales have been around longer but someone made a TREND out of it.
Me & Johnson are dinosaurs, but he is a rich one. He had the intelligence to say, “I was wrong, the public demands sales!”
Anyway he proved that I am wrong in my assumption folks will buy if the price is right!
Methinks that many folk buy things, just because they are on sale, whether they need it or not.
Manhattan Bridge 1909
Woodward Ave. Detroit 1917
They were building this T-model in 1917