This won't be a long post because I'm on a tight deadline and thanks to a very difficult salesperson, I have an hour less than I'd hoped for today. And Mel's still as angry as a rhino about it.
We have timeshare points with a great company that allows us to travel all over the world if we wish--they don't pay for the travel, so we don't go. This company is usually not pushy when they do their owner updates. Owner updates is sales talk for "making up an excuse to pitch another sale to someone who has already purchased from us."
We had business in Branson tonight, so we decided that since we're on a tight deadline, we'd get away from the crazily ringing home phone and stay in a timeshare a couple of nights. When we checked in, we were sent to the little desk where they sign you up for one of their sales pitches. Since I was interested in what updates had taken place in the company, and since we were assured the pitch would be shorter than it has been in the past, we agreed. Big mistake.
Today we had our sales pitch. It took two hours. I was told thirty to sixty minutes. Mel tried several times to let our salesperson know we were on a tight schedule and just wanted the updates. The person didn't listen. I could not remain seated and had to take a pain pill because we sat so long. We explained that to him. TWO HOURS later, we walked out of the office with barely more information than we had when we'd gone in, and without being absolutely rude and getting up in the middle and stalking out, we couldn't get away from this person. Mel still hasn't calmed completely down, because he knew I was stressed. What we got from the deal? A crummy update book and $75.00 we weren't willing to work for.
What do you do with pushy salespeople who won't stop talking? How do you kindly remove yourself from them? I would love some suggestions, because my deadline just got tighter.
Labels: Eugene Patterson photos, pushy salespeople, Stubborn buyers