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Old Apr 18, 2010, 5:06 AM   #21
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One of the things I've learned over the years, is that when you ask a salesperson a question, you immediately place yourself at a disadvantage. You've just told him or her that you think he or she knows more than you do, and that's bad.

That's very bad.
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 7:45 AM   #22
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Oh, let's not lay all the blame on salesmen. At least they're after a sale. Lots of people on internet forums love giving advice about gear when they don't know what they're talking about.

I can at least understand the salesman's motivation - doesn't want to lose a customer. I'm still trying to figure out why people on the internet who don't shoot sports feel so strongly about their opinions of what gear should be used or HOW it should be used. And more often than not, their advice is just as bad as this sales persons.

But in general I agree with the sentiment that sales people are the last people to ask advice from.
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 12:36 PM   #23
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i am still trying to figure out why this meeting was occuring in the coffee shop. it was a rather odd situatin in general
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Old Apr 21, 2010, 12:03 PM   #24
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It is called the school of hard knocks. All of us have attended this school one way or another. The bottom line is live and learn from your past mistakes. There is nothing you could have done. The trust factor with the sales person probably was already established. Sitting at a coffee shop means the customer was interested in the guidance the sales person was offering....
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Old Apr 21, 2010, 5:08 PM   #25
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I feel your pain .
Giving honest answers to your customers works better in a long run, at least I know that my customers come back to me sooner or later, because they trust me - win-win situation for both sides. May be this sales person just doesn't know any better , but I'm not in a retail business, so may be I'm completely wrong here.
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