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Haggling as a Customer

Have you ever been in a position to put your sales skills to good use as a customer and negotiate a good deal from a seller, totally unrelated to your job?


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sahil
Notable Contributor
+15
Deepak Chopra of Sales
Everything in life is sales.

- getting a better table at a restaurantย 
- buying a car/house
- going on a date
- job interviewย 
- closing a candidateย 

You'd be hard pressed to find a single scenario where sales isn't helpful.
softwarebro
Politicker
+4
Director of Sales
Scanning organic produce as non organic in the self checkout line requires no sales experience. (I took your closing statement as a challenge)
salesnerd
WR Officer
+16
Head of Growth
Oh absolutely. My colleagues will often put me on calls just to negotiate. It's easy when you know all the games salespeople play. Schedule a call for the last day of the month. Agree to multiple year terms. Pay up front.ย 
fuzzy
Notable Contributor
+21
CMO (Chief Meme Officer)
Literally use my prospecting skills to always find the boss. Especially when my clueless friends or relatives are getting dicked around by "the man."ย 

Then I own the conversation to get it fixed. I don't care if they think I'm an asshole if it means I get my PlayStation account back after it's been hacked.ย 
NorthernSalesGuru
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
Lol - yes. Buying a car.

oh boy this was a nightmare.ย 

ever sleazy sales stigmatized trait existed within my one experience.ย 

that said, I ultimately negotiated a damn good deal.

being in sales has...โ€someโ€ย benefits...hahahย 
TheDragon
Good Citizen
+1
CVO
Whatโ€™s crazy is as good of a negotiator as I can be, when Iโ€™m on the other side of the table, I SUCK ๐Ÿ˜‚ย 
softwarebro
Politicker
+4
Director of Sales
Iโ€™ve negotiated a few people from Craigslist under the table.ย 
SlinginSoftware
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
Buying furniture! When they say "hold on. I need to go talk to my manager" and they come back and say "sorry, that's as low as I can go". Sorry, but I know that trick and I know that you did not talk to your manager haha
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Customer Success?
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Helps or messes things up
Ca de
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CamGuy , ย  deathsalesman , ย  Aripain ย  and 26 people voted
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Doing some customer reconnaissance:
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Customer: "I have no budget at the moment"
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How you handling this?
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TheRealTommyCallahan , ย  GDO , ย  Brando ย  and 40 people voted