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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Toothbrush Salesman

    The kids filed into class Monday morning. They were all very excited.
    Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk
on salesmanship.

    Little Sally led off. "I sold Girl Scout cookies and I  made $30"
she said proudly, "My sales approach was to appeal  to the customer's
civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success."
    "Very  good," said the teacher.
    Little Debbie was next. "I sold magazines" she said, "I made $45
and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on
    "Very   good, Debbie", said the teacher.
    Eventually, it was Little Johnny's turn. The teacher held her
breath. Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped
a box full of cash on the teacher's desk. "$2,467", he said.
    "$2,467!" cried the teacher, "What in the world were you selling?"
    "Toothbrushes", said Little Johnny. "Toothbrushes",  echoed the
teacher, "How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make
that much money?"
    "I found the busiest corner in town", said Little Johnny, "I set
up a Dip & Chip stand and I gave everybody who walked by a free
    They all said the same thing, "Hey, this tastes like dog poop!"
Then I  would say, "It is dog poop. Wanna buy a toothbrush? I used the
President Obama method of giving you some crap, dressing it up so it
looks good, telling you it's free and then making you pay to get the
bad taste out of your mouth."
    Little Johnny got five stars for his assignment. Bless his heart