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Dan HolohanDan Holohan Moderator Posts: 11,877
I leased a new Ford Escape last week. While I was waiting to see a salesman, I sat on their couch and noticed this magazine on the table in front of me. It sang the praises of cars other than Ford. I wondered why they would do such a dumb thing in their own house.
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  • JohnNYJohnNY Member Posts: 1,811
    Sometimes I catch an employee...

    ....on the job wearing a shirt with the logo and phone number from a plumbing company they used to work for.



    "What're you stupid?" is my usual retort.
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  • Dan HolohanDan Holohan Moderator Posts: 11,877
    How about

    restaurants that don't supply pens to the waiters? The waiters grab pens from other restaurants they visit and hand those to you as you're signing the check. Hmm, this place looks interesting. How about we go there next time instead of here?



    Dumb.
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  • ZmanZman Member Posts: 3,479
    I had a sales rep...

    I had a rep that changed supply houses. When you called and asked for him at his old job  they would give you his phone number at his new job rather than introduce you to your new rep. Crazy stuff!
    "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"
    Albert Einstein
  • bill nyebill nye Member Posts: 307
    How 'bout

    You get put on hold, and they are playing the local radio station advertising the competition.
  • R ManninoR Mannino Member Posts: 422
    That's All You Got Fellas

    I've walked out of a store because the checkout line was too long.



    Sometime's I don't even make it inside because of the capacity of the parking lot or lack thereof.
  • MikeLMikeL Member Posts: 145
    bottled water

    What about the plumbing wholesaler & fixture / faucet showroom with a bottled water cooler; why don't they have one ( or all ) of the water treatment systems they sell on display, dispensing freshly treated water.......................
  • billbill Member Posts: 429
    About dumb

    I'm confused. Now back to our fearless leaders original post. Let me see if I have this right.

    1) Guy walks into Ford dealer.

    2) Gut sits and reads some auto enthusiast periodicals praising vehicles other than Fords

    3) Guy meets with salesman.

    4) Guy drives off lot with new Ford product.

    5) Car dealer goes to bank.

    Believe you me I'm no stranger to the word dumb

    Man that word covers plenty of ground.

    Hope this helps:)
  • Dan HolohanDan Holohan Moderator Posts: 11,877
    Ha!

    Got me there, Bill. This was my 10th Ford in a row. I walked in there already sold and knew exactly what I wanted. But as I sat on there on the couch with Marianne and looked at that magazine, I wondered how others who were not already sold would react, and then I wondered why they didn't have magazines that were interesting but not related to cars on display instead. Why take a chance on losing a potential customer when you don't have to do that?



    Speaking of Marianne, she's looking for a new car as well. She has her eye on a Volkswagen. We visited a dealer the other day and I tried to listed to the salesman but there was real loud rock music playing on the showroom floor. My ears aren't what they used to be and I sat there wondering why they would do this to themselves when they didn't have to.



    Just saying.
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  • JohnNYJohnNY Member Posts: 1,811
    Maybe Marianne wants one of these:

    You never know.
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  • Dan HolohanDan Holohan Moderator Posts: 11,877
    Nah,

    she's tough enough already. 
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  • Sal SantamauraSal Santamaura Member Posts: 176
    Loud rock playing...

    ...is because the brand's preponderant customer demographic seems to like that experience.  We older folks who had Volkswagen products in our younger years, as well as those who read Consumer Reports reliability records, know better and don't buy them. :-)
  • Dan HolohanDan Holohan Moderator Posts: 11,877
    Which is the last thing I'm about to say to The Lovely Marianne

    40 years and counting. Like to keep it that way.
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  • Sal SantamauraSal Santamaura Member Posts: 176
    With a two year advantage...

    ...over my 38 (in August), I'll defer to that judgement.  Nonetheless, in your position, I'd leave a copy of the April Consumer Reports issue on the coffee table.  Open to the reliability records page that include Volkswagen.  :-)
  • knotgrumpyknotgrumpy Member Posts: 207
    Close call...

    Dan - you almost made an error more tragic than putting a Car & Driver in a Ford dealer's showroom. 



    On a thread titled, "Dumb" no less!
  • heatpro02920heatpro02920 Member Posts: 991
    edited June 2013
    When I first started out on my own

    I had a van that I bought from a friend of mine, {also in the trade}, I heated and scraped his name and number off of it the best I could {this is before goo gone mind you}, but dust would stick to the old vinyl glue and make his advertisement as plain as day... Luckily I only had that truck for a few months before I felt comfortable enough to buy my first new one... I inturn sold it to another new comer to the field and he had my name and my our other friends on it for years.. {he never even peeled my stickers, lol, free advertisement...



    And I don't know Dan, John may be onto something, I bought my wife a 4 door rubicon last year, and she LOVES it... I admit at first you see the price tag, and think to yourself $47K for a jeep, they're nuts!!! I remember when they were $6500, but then you look around and test drive the other options and end up back at the jeep dealership...



    And Dan good luck with the new cars... I am a GM man myself, but Ford makes a decent product, my 7.3 is still on the road and I sold it with 205K miles on it...



  • Dan HolohanDan Holohan Moderator Posts: 11,877
    Great story!

    Love the part about the glue.



    As for The Lovely Marianne, I think I'll just smile and keep my mouth shut. ;-)
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  • Jean-David BeyerJean-David Beyer Member Posts: 2,530
    keep my mouth shut. ;-)

    There is a quote, attributed to Calvin Coolidge, that goes: "I never got in trouble over something I didn't say."
  • GordyGordy Member Posts: 7,106
    Sometimes you have to think like water

    "Don't fight the current, go with the flow"





    A controlled drift is much more desirable than useless paddling.





    Works just like hydronics in respect to proper piping practice, and circulator sizing.
  • Jean-David BeyerJean-David Beyer Member Posts: 2,530
    "Don't fight the current, go with the flow"

    Yes, but even a dead fish can go with the flow...
  • billbill Member Posts: 429
    Geez, Let me guess!

    When you two aren't doing heating...You're writers for a fortune cookie company?:)
  • Jean-David BeyerJean-David Beyer Member Posts: 2,530
    When you two aren't doing heating...

    I had something to do with the heating system in my house, but I do not really do heating. In the spirit of Schroeder in the Peanuts comic strip when someone said what a great (toy) piano player he was, he said Beethoven is twice the artist I am.



    In that vein, Gordy is twice the heating expert I am.
  • GordyGordy Member Posts: 7,106
    Dumb

    I would say most people 80% when they shop for a vehicle already know make, model, color, and options. At least I do.



    The only hurdle is finding the dealership with that vehicle, and the best price.



    I would never depend on a salesperson to sway me into a vehicle when I don't even know what I want. To me a salesperson is there to do the test drive, and the paper work in closing the deal.



    There is plenty of research media to help one decide on a vehicle before you hit the lot.





    So to me it was not to dumb to have literature for or against the very make they sell because in the end most people already know what they want when they hit the lot as does Marianne.
  • GordyGordy Member Posts: 7,106
    No Bill

    I do not.
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