Couple of weeks back, there was this girl who came door knocking.
She was giving away free water filters. In return, she wanted our handphone numbers and address so that she could arrange a date for her folks to come down and demo a vacuum cleaner at our place.
Ok so these vacuum cleaners are expensive and they use strong marketing techniques to sell them when they come for the demo. It might be a good vacuum cleaner but I'm not really interested.
Anyway. The girl at the door was trying to make me hold on to the water filter box. This is one of the ways which I was trained during my time as a financial adviser. Try to make customers hold on to something like a laminated brochure or whatever item and refuse to take it back. This prevents the target from moving away and allows the seller to keep talking. So when this girl was trying to put the box through my gate, I adamantly did not hold or touch the box. She was trying to get me to take a look at the item.
I'm not slamming these sales techniques. Everyone has to make a living. I'm just bringing this up to notify readers. When any sales person tries to give you something, it's highly recommended that you don't hold on to the item. This give you more control of the selling/buying process. If you're interested, you can keep talking and find out more and walk away if the item is not to your requirement.
If you hold on to the item, there is some obligation to listen to the sales person's sales pitch and discuss with them even when you have lost interest in the product.
I don't particularly like it when I don't want an item then they ask me why, then I give them my reasons and they try to answer my reasons. I typically won't change my mind. So their persuasion doesn't really work on me. It's not as if, if they answer my reasons I will change my mind.
Salesguy : Hi Sir do you have this credit card?
ERSG: No, don't need.
Salesguy : But Sir, this credit card has.... whatever...
ERSG: Yea but, I don't need it. There are better cards for this.
Salesguy : But Sir this card is.... and has...
ERSG: Yea I know but I don't need it.
I tend to walk away here.
Simply, just cos you're right, doesn't mean I'm wrong. You can have the best product but if I don't need it. No Thanks.
Sometimes, they pretend they want to give you a phone power bank. Then when you hold on to it, they don't let go and ask you to take a seat. This is when you're supposed to let go of the power bank, else they will start talking to you about some financial plans. Which could be a good idea if you haven't planned for your financial future.
Anyway, this post is just to highlight to readers. To just be aware that sales people are TRAINED to give/pass you something to slow you down. Oh well. It's not a bad thing. People have to make a living you know. Just saying...