Scene 3, Act 2:
sales rep backs out of office, clutching papers with numbers all over them.
"I'll be right back. I'll have to talk to the manager. You know we are going to lose money on this deal."
rep goes into another part of building. customer cannot overhear conversation, which actually goes as follows:
"Hi Bob. What did you think of the Oilers game last night?"
"Not much, I thought they could have put more effort into clearing the puck from their zone. But overall they have been off to a good start, so we'll see how the season goes."
"By the way, do you have any of those little Bic pens with our logo on it? I think if I give this guy a new pen he will sign the deal in a few minutes. I'll let him sit for a bit longer. Hey, great haircut!"
"Thanks Bill. Now go soak him. Tell him we sold 6 of these units just yesterday, and if he doesn't get it today, he'll regret it forever."
rep returns to customer
"This is the lowest I can go without getting fired. You know what bosses are like. He's mad that I even offered it to you at this price. How would you like a new Bic pen - all fancy with our logo on it? I'm telling you, if you get it today at this price, not only will your kids do better in school, but your wife will find you irresistable for the remainder of the powertrain warranty, which is a full 5 years."
Okay, so maybe it's not really that bad. Then again, maybe sometimes it is. Just to continue the update for all those who are curious, the final cut narrowed it down to 3 places: Derrick Dodge/Jeep (where I previously bought a Cherokee Classic 4x4), Capital Dodge/Jeep (where our present minivan came from) and Sherwood Park Dodge/Jeep.
Up next: the dotted line.