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March 17th, 2011

Jackass Sales Guy Of The Day

Posted by Jonah Weiland in General -

“Hey Jonah, it’s XXXXXXX from XXXXXXX, calling you like you asked.”

“Who are you?”

“Remember last week we spoke via e-mail and you asked me to call you this week?”

“Oh, let me check my e-mail to refresh my memory. Huh, interesting, in my e-mail I said I didn’t want to do a call with you until you pitched me your services via e-mail and I’d let you know, via e-mail, when I’d like to set up a phone call.”

“I don’t think so.”

“I’m looking at the e-mail I sent you.”

“Are you calling me a liar?”

AND that’s when the call ended.

I’ve had sales guys take this tactic with me numerous times. I get it, always keep the client talking, get your foot in the door, but there’s a point when you go too far and alienate the potential client. It’s absurd to me that these sales guys don’t get that very, very basic concept.

There’s following up, then there’s being a fucking jackass.

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  1. Atom! said:

    True. But you missed the rare opportunity to break his spirit.

    I never signed up for one of those ‘do not call’ lists for telemarketers. Instead, I make sure I don’t get a call back by making them admit that:
    -They are lying.
    -They’re parents would be ashamed of them.
    -They could probably get a better, more satisfying job if they tried.
    -All of they above.

    It’s more fun than hanging up on them.

    March 17th, 2011 at 11:24 am

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