I wasn't fast enough

@savypat (20248)
United States
July 21, 2012 2:51pm CST
I got destracted and left the mail out where Hubby could see it. He saw the ad that offered a chance to win a free car. Well I let him talk me into it and entered. Of course we had to go to the dealership to win and of course were met at the door by this friendly salesman. This dealership had shipped in sales people from the state of Maine, all the way across the country, to handle the crowds. By the time we got there there were some people but not hugh crowds. Anyway we met some really nice people, won some throw away prizes and got to look at the new cars, By the time we got home I had been up for 18 hours so I came home and went to bed, really slept in this morning. All in all it wasn't a bad trip, but I always feel guilty when I have to tell the salesmen no, they try so hard and came all the way across country to sell us a new car. We wanted a free car, we don't need a new car. Do you fall for these promotions? I always wonder how they make the money back for the costs of promotions.
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@suzzy3 (8400)
21 Jul 12
Sounds quite good fun they only give away cheap prizes so it does not actually cost much.you would be surprised how much they make on one new car sold.Don't feel guilty it is all part of it.Most people that goes to these things want to win a car and not buy one.
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• United States
21 Jul 12
I toss that trash out in the garbage can.. I don't think of entering anything like that. It would be nice to know I could win something one day but,I don't bother with them.
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@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
21 Jul 12
Believe me, they make their money or they wouldn't travel. believe it or not, most commission only salespeople make more than people who have a guaranteed salary. And if he's a real professional, he wouldn't want to sell you anything you don't want or need. There are plenty of people who at least want a new car. So don't feel bad about telling a salesperson no.
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@riyauro (6431)
• India
21 Jul 12
of course I have fallen so many times for this salesman. they are trained so well and have questions for every answer in favor of the item they sell. It makes me feel that they are perfect and the product must me really the best one that i can get. Sometimes I don't even need those items but just get it because it was the best as told by the salesman. But no not something like the car, which i can't afford right now. maybe in the near future where i can choose from the best of cars. I wish!!
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
21 Jul 12
About twice a year I get a mailing from my dealership promising prizes and possibly a new car as well as chances for cash. Of course I go! I take my car there for maintenance so I appreciate those little gifts. At the last one I got some cheap binoculars and a freshwater pearl on a pretty chain. They get to write those things off on their taxes so they're not really out any money. The salesmen come and make commissions and can take travel expenses off their tax return. Nobody loses anything. I just say no, no, no. I don't want a new car with its car payments, I don't want a transmission warranty, etc. I tell them up front not to waste their time on me because I'm just there for the free stuff. They laugh and get my stuff and we talk a few minutes just so they can make sure I'm a lost cause. Everybody's happy!
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@inertia4 (26878)
• United States
12 Aug 12
I get some of these things in the mail. I do get tempted but I never bother with them because I know I will never win. And besides, they make these contests to draw people to the dealerships to sell cars. I understand the concept, but I stay away from them. if I were in the market for a new car I know exactly what I would want and then I would go buy. But if you had a pretty good time then it was worth it.
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
22 Jul 12
Some time ago my wife and I went to get our car serviced. When we walked into the dealership we saw a beautiful new Toyota Prius with a huge sign,- "$6,000.00 off list price." The new cars were on the lot and this was the last vehicle of the previous year, and it was priced to sell. We just couldn't leave it because we knew it would be gone, so we bought it, and we have never been sorry! We were lucky enough to be there at the right time to get a bargain,even though we weren't planning to buy a car that year.