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Old 07-28-2016, 09:00 PM   #21
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I kept calling him sir on the phone till she corrected me and said her name was Pamela.
When I was just a lad, before my voice changed, my older sister's boyfriends would call and mistake my voice for hers. That made for some very interesting conversations (and a very mad sister!)
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:51 PM   #22
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Got a Monday customer on Thursday. Had one call pricing two mud grip tires. We told him that the size he wanted ,we did not stock but could special order them. I checked my distributors and found him some, then gave him a price.

He then asks what time today could we put them on. I reiterated a second time that we did not stock this tire and had to order it, but if he paid for the special order by 5 this evening we could have them tomorrow.

Now, here is where it gets funny and he evidently isn't listening to what he is spewing.

He says he won't have the money in the bank till Monday, but can he just give us his card number and we hold it till then, and order him the tires as he was going out of town tomorrow evening on a job.

I told him no, they had to be PAID for as they were special order, but to come in Monday when he got his money so he could pay for them and we would order them for Tuesday delivery.

OK Ready... here is his parting comment. I'll just have to buy them somewhere else today, since I am going to be gone for awhile. I tried to do business with you.

I had to wonder, how he is going to buy tires somewhere else with no money...... but maybe he can finance them. We do have a rent and roll tire down the road.
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That's both sad and funny.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:43 PM   #24
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A tire store cannot afford to do business with some folks.
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One of my old bosses once told a customer that he could not afford to do business with them.
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Sad, He thought you would fold for his BS story OR his father never had that coming of age special talk about the first time you buy tires.

I'll bet he won't be back in town for quite awhile.
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Old 09-22-2016, 03:01 PM   #28
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What's fun is when you do service work or something and don't have a known price to charge them upfront. Then when they go to pay after you have done the work, their credit/debit card declines.

Many of them say, that I can just hold their card and they'll go get me the money and come back. That's when I inform them that the card is just a piece of plastic, totally as worthless to me (I'll scan the garbage can for something plastic) as a drink straw in that old cup someone threw away.

I then tell them they have to call someone to bring them money.

You wouldn't really believe how many actually come up with cash, they had the whole time...... but were just seeing if they could get off without paying.


The other fun one, is when their debit card declines, and then they pull out the old checkbook to write a hot check on the same account. The old "I can't be broke, I still have checks"
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I sold a pickup to a man once. He diddled and dinked and tried to get me to come down in my price which was already lower than reasonable. He was test driving it. Made another short offer. I told him to turn around. Why? he asked. I said I can't afford to burn any more of my gas knowing he really didn't want to buy it. He agreed to my price.

When he came to pay and pick it up, he said he had cash but was (something like) $200 short. I said, "Then tell your kid and your brother there to get in their pockets and get the balance." He did and they did. They were holding for him all the time... and I hit his bluff square in the nose!
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I learned a lesson early in life. I was buying an old junker boat from an old man. The price was agreed at $600. At the closure I said. You were asking $500 correct? He said no. $700

Then I had to start over. Lesson learned.


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I'll bet he won't be back in town for quite awhile.
Yep, and he was saying "don't run this stolen/cancelled/worthless card until I am way out of town with free new tires"
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I sold a pickup to a man once. He diddled and dinked and tried to get me to come down in my price which was already lower than reasonable. He was test driving it. Made another short offer. I told him to turn around. Why? he asked. I said I can't afford to burn any more of my gas knowing he really didn't want to buy it. He agreed to my price.

When he came to pay and pick it up, he said he had cash but was (something like) $200 short. I said, "Then tell your kid and your brother there to get in their pockets and get the balance." He did and they did. They were holding for him all the time... and I hit his bluff square in the nose!
All of us dicker on the price but after those games I would have told him no sale. The guy tried to stroke you twice, that is getting bad.

I do understand we each have reasons for selling, not saying like that you failed, just my attitude about the those that game folks. I bet he brought his kin just to watch him deal.

So, does that sawdust in the differential really work?
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All of us dicker on the price but after those games I would have told him no sale. The guy tried to stroke you twice, that is getting bad.

I do understand we each have reasons for selling, not saying like that you failed, just my attitude about the those that game folks. I bet he brought his kin just to watch him deal.

So, does that sawdust in the differential really work?
He had driven to my house in the country (about 14 miles one way for him) about 4 times to look the truck over. I started treating him like a relative he'd been there so often. I knew he was hooked and he was just messing with me. When he started to leave, I poured a little more gasoline in the truck so he could make it home and he jokingly asked if he could have the plastic gas can. I said, "Sure... in trade for the keys to your Oldsmobile." We laughed. They left. Money was real. I was done.
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He had driven to my house in the country (about 14 miles one way for him) about 4 times to look the truck over. I started treating him like a relative he'd been there so often. I knew he was hooked and he was just messing with me. When he started to leave, I poured a little more gasoline in the truck so he could make it home and he jokingly asked if he could have the plastic gas can. I said, "Sure... in trade for the keys to your Oldsmobile." We laughed. They left. Money was real. I was done.
What is really funny there is that he might have to borrow money from his kin to buy gas on the way home.

It work out well for all, that is what is important.
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...So, does that sawdust in the differential really work?
I did hear a story once about a guy who took off the inspection plate and stuffed a bunch of bananas in the diff to stop the gear whine while he was selling the car. Working until the safety check, or so I was told.

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So, does that sawdust in the differential really work?
Andy and Gomer say so.

You just had to mention that and make me go watch one of my all time favorite episodes. It starts at the 16:20 minute mark when Gomer comes in.

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Some funny stuff here. I manage a few fleet shops. At least once a week I get "I'm here to pick up my car" (we have 600 white fords). I reply, you car/truck number? They reply, don't know, the white one...
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