How many times you’ve gone shopping and ended up buying things you don’t even need, only because the sales person was really persuasive? I know that has happened to me many times.

These salesmen are real professionals and pretty good at what they do. They know exactly what to say in order to fool you into buying bunch of unnecessary things.

But we as buyers should know when to say no and simply leave the store before we spend all of our money.

At the end of the day, it’s their job to make sure they sell as much as they can.

The below story is a great one. It’s about a salesman from Montana, who made the sale of the day, or maybe the month, or even the year. It’s so hilarious that it will make you burst out laughing, that’s for sure.

Although the story is fictional, it’s one of the best we’ve ever read.

A young man from Montana decided to pursue a career in New York and started looking for a job at a big department store.

He got an interview with the boss, who asked:

“Do you have any sales experience?”

“Yeah. I was a vacuum salesman back in Montana”, answered the young fella.

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The boss decided to give Michael the job and see how he’d do.

“You start tomorrow at 8.00. I’ll come down from the office after we close and see how you did”, he said.

At the end of his first day on the job, the boss asked all the employees to come closer and asked them what they sold that day starting with Michael.

“How many customers bought something from you today?”, asked the chief.

Michael frowned and looking at the floor muttered: “One”.

“Get it together!”

The boss shouted:

“Just one?! Our sales staff average 20 to 30 customers a day. This has to improve! And soon if you’d like to continue working here. We have very strict standards for our sales force here in the big apple. One sale a day might have been acceptable in Montana, but you’re not in the countryside any more, son. Get it together, or get out!”

The young man listened to the manager’s complaint but continued to stare straight into the floor. The boss felt bad for chewing him out on his first day, so he asked:

“Okay, how much was your one sale for?”

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Michael looked up and answered:


The boss, astonished, said:

“$124,088.30?! What the heck did you sell?!

The young man explained:

“Well, first, I sold him some new fish hooks. After that, I sold him a new fishing rod to go with his new hooks. I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need a boat, we went down to the boat department and I sold him the new twin-engine model we have. Then he said he didn’t think his little car would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him a 4×4 Dodge truck.”

The boss’ jaw dropped, after a minute of silence he asked:

“So a guy came to buy fish hooks — and you sold him a boat and a new Truck?!

Michael replied:

“Not really. To be honest, the guy came in here to buy tampons for his girlfriend. But then I said, ‘Dude, your weekend’s shot, you should go fishing’.

The following day, Michael was promoted …

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