Thursday, 14 May 2009

I used to never buy from door to door salesman because I never wanted what they sold. We already had Dishnetwork (remember Jeff sold it for a while, like 3 years?), wasn’t interested in Magazines or coupon books, and never dared try the meat or chicken that was offered to me. 

I don’t exactly know when I started giving salesmen a chance. It must have been a couple of years ago, when this guy stopped by selling organic beef and chicken. The T-bones were the best I had had in my life (and I’m from Argentina, and I’ve had my share of T-bone for lunch. It is considered a lunch meat in Argentina, yes). We all liked it so much that every time he stops by, I buy from him.
A few months after the beef guy came the fruit guy. It’s always the same man driving a pick-up truck and selling the BEST oranges, grapefruit, and apples in the wold. We go through so much fruit that even if I buy two boxes, we eat it all within the month. Amazing Fall snacks! 
I draw the line at letting salesmen come into the house. I know, my husband does that for a living, but I can’t get away from the feeling that I’m going to be robbed or murdered if I let anyone come into my house. So if I’m interested in something being offered to me, I go outside and close the door behind me. 
Today this guy came by offering cleaning products; he demonstrated on the driveway, the glass door, my SUV’s rims, and even my plants. I bought from him, and I’ve been on a cleaning frenzy all evening. The stuff works like magic, and it’s non-toxic. It works on glass and granite counter tops, and bathroom, and everything else in between. So tonight when I talked with Jeff I told him I bought something, and he groaned. “What?” I asked him and continued, “You know I NEVER buy from door-to-door people!”
“Yeah, right…” was his reply. The truth is, my heart has softened towards salesmen. I’m sure it has nothing to do with him being in Florida right now; nothing at all. 
I just hope the universe reciprocates my good deed, and when I buy something, five people buy from Jeff. After all, there are five people here rooting for him.   

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4 responses to “Karma”

  1. Yadira says:

    Yamile you can make my trip to the ER sounds like a fun adventure! You are so good at this… I love everything you write, once I start I can’t stop… keep it up!
    I think Brigham bought the same cleaning solution and I was so upset because it was so expensive that I haven’t really used it very much… shame on me! I will be nicer to those salesmen out there!
    PS your mom is beautiful!

  2. That HILARIOUS!! Well sadly I am just a sucker and get pulled in by almost every sales tactic there is in the books! For example…yesterday I went to GNC to get some more protein powder for casey and the older woman working there sold me on their “new and improved” protein. She was just so excited about and made it seem as though the older CHEAPER stuff was no good anymore Luckily my sister was there with me and saw right through that woman. If it weren’t for her, Casey would be drinking down some new protein this very morning:)

  3. Stacy says:

    I definitely have a soft spot for door-to-door salesman too! i sometimes just laugh when they use the same “closes” that I know nick uses on the doors!

  4. My boyfriend is in sales too and it has given me an all new appreciation for the field. It’s TOUGH to convince someone to buy something. But I generally don’t even open the door to door-to-door salesmen. I just don’t want to deal with it. I did once know a guy who bought a $1000 vacuum cleaner from a door-to-door guy…and his house was all hardwood floors. I said, “Now THAT was a good salesman.”

Yamile Saied Mendez

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine-American, Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult author.

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