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Am I being cynical ?

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Am I being cynical ?

A Chap came around the other day delivering leaflets for replacement Gutters & Soffits and as he was handing me the leaflet with the usual 10% off he went on to tell me that he was just doing the job part time as he owned his own business for a number of years but his wife left him a year ago and the business went to the wall.
Normally I would not have questioned this but a few months ago I went with a friend to view a second hand car and the chap selling it also went on to talk about a recent trauma he had suffered. Of course this could just be a coincidence and what they said might be accurate but I did wonder was it just a sales gimmic to get your sympathy rather than a genuine story.
Personally I would never even think of discussing such personal matters with someone I had just met, so am I being cynical or is this the latest approach to selling things ?
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Re: Am I being cynical ?

Hard luck stories don't cut it with me.

Which could be a problem for a genuine case.

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Am I being cynical ?

With the number of fraudsters etc. around these days it's a good idea to be cynical.
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Re: Am I being cynical ?

A hard-luck or other sob story wouldn't influence me to purchase but it may affect my bid which I would probably lower.
But I'd rather not hear personal issues - have many of my own to worry out Wink

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...so am I being cynical...?

Yes, and rightly so.
I'm also inclined to be suspicious of anything said by a tradesman that's preceded by "Well, to be perfectly honest...".
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I am the half brother of a Nigerian Prince who's fallen on hard times, but he does have a fortune he's trying to release from his homeland. If you can act as an intermediary he'll be most grateful ....
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Re: Am I being cynical ?

Let me guess ..................he also has a collection of Dr Who tapes.
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Re: Am I being cynical ?

Not sure about you being cynical, but it seems to me.the sales-persons certainly are.
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Re: Am I being cynical ?

Don't let them hook you in.  A con IMO Sad
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Re: Am I being cynical ?

I've always been of the opinion that a salesman will say anything to clinch a sale!  Cheesy
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