As a salesperson, I study the art of selling. I also study how to avoid being sold. Salespeople are typically an easy sell because they have the disposition that they have been there. This is the momentwhen empathy turns to sympathy.
As a salesperson that gets to see transactions go south quickly, I have found out how to easily avoid being sold.
Why Avoid Being Sold?
If you absolutely need something you will seek it out right? My goal is to enrich your life by creating an environment of health and wealth. If you listen to every salesperson, you probably won’t be wealthy very quickly.
A playground is a perfect example of how salespeople prey on your money… what kind of playground does a kid want? A huge one right? With all the biggest and best slides? If you will notice a group of children they will run around and play tag on a playground, not even using the equipment. The purchaser could have purchased a few mounds of dirt and came out cheaper.
Did the kids make the purchase? NO! A well-informed adult did, and I am sure if you asked that adult they could tell you why that equipment was the best decision. Because they got their info from a salesperson.
Quick Steps to Avoid a Sell
Never ignore a salesperson. It is annoying. Telling someone no thank you before they even start is a better situation. It lets the salesperson know they will waste their time. If they push forward at that point, they are asking for it. By ignoring someone you are asking to be pushed. Then when they continue to try to get your attention it turns into a game.
Hanging up on telemarketers is pretty effective, but also rude. Again, explain that you aren’t interested.
Giving someone your phone number gives them permission to solicit you. Same goes with your email address. If you don’t want to talk to a salesperson, don’t give it to them.
Avoid being sold when you make a purchase!
Do you want the 2-year warranty? NO! Do you want the extra protection? NO! Do you want the phone case? Maybe?
If you don’t want it, tell them no. New car warranties are a waste of time, you are covering a car that is already under warranty. However, people purchase them all the time. The 2 dollars you have for all of your blenders and toasters, is a waste of time and money. You have to sign up for them, you have to keep paperwork, you turn your life into a cluttered mess. If a $20 blender breaks, replace it.
Never make a major purchase, unless you have already laid out your ground rules. The last car I purchased I went in with terms, my wife and I decided if it didn’t meet those terms we would leave. We got a great deal, with no negotiating. It was a deal breaker, the sales guy knew it.
Thanks for Reading,