Monday, June 20, 2011

FREE "Personal" Product Week of July 3

Who says they don't have a sense of humor at Walgreens? Here is their DEAL for the week of July 3-9:

Extenze Male Enhancement Formula 2 oz 2 pk $4.99 get $5 RR

So was this deal inspired by the recent news about Anthony Weiner? And I bet 95% of these items will be purchased as gags. Come to think of it, does anybody know Weiner's address? I will soon have a very special gift to send to him.

Monday, June 13, 2011

FREE Dial Body Wash

If your are even just slightly involved in couponing and don't have at least a three month supply of FREE body wash stockpiled then HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME! FREE body wash is among the easiest products to obtain with very little effort. This week is an example. Publix has a BOGO sale on Dial Body Wash for both men and women at $3.97. In last Sunday's Red Plum newspaper insert there were Dial coupons for $2. Use a coupon on each of the body washes and you get them both for FREE with a 3 cent overage.

I picked up 4 bottles of my FREE body wash yesterday at the same Coral Springs Publix where I TOLD you that I bought my Combat roach killers with coupons. And who should be my cashier but May the super sales girl. Apparently she is quickly moving up in the world of commerce. She had read this blog and expressed an interest in renting out the BEST movie ever on the subject of selling---"Tin Men" starring Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfus. I also recommend that everybody else check out that movie as well. It shows what the world of selling is like in a very funny way.

One technique used in this movie is when a couple of aluminum siding salesmen posed as photographers who were working for a Life Magazine story about the benefits of aluminum siding. When the woman who owned the house they were photographing said that they didn't have aluminum siding, one of the "photographers" replied that her house would be the "before" house and that another home would be the "after" house to illustrate the improvement aluminum siding could make on a home. When the woman objected that she wanted her home to be the "after" house, the photographers told her that would be impossible due to her lack of aluminum siding. Then the woman begged to be the "before" house since she wanted to get the aluminum siding and asked the "photographers" where she could get it done. The "photographers" replied that they did know of an aluminum siding salesman who could fix her home up for her Life magazine story. Of course, the salesman was part of their team.

Your humble correspondent laughed at that scene since I had my own technique for closing a sale on high ticket items back when I used to sell 10 foot satellite dishes. My client was a guy named Charlie who lived in the California desert boondocks about halfway between Lancaster and Los Angeles. He was very interested in getting a satellite dish since cable wasn't available where he lived plus broadcast reception stunk. Well, I went over all the details as to the number channels he could receive plus price of the system and the installation cost which was $300. It was at this point where the all important "close" came. The natural inclination of almost everybody was that they wanted to "think about it." However, I had an ace up my sleeve. When Charlie hit me with the inevitable "I want to think about it," I mentioned that if we closed the deal that night I might be able to talk my boss into waiving the $300 installation fee in exchange for him putting one of our company signs in his front yard for 6 weeks. Well, I called the "boss" who was actually anybody who happened to answer the phone at the satellite dish company. When I mentioned the idea about waiving the installation fee in exchange for Charlie putting the sign in his front yard, I heard a chuckle and nothing more as I made like I was arguing my case with the boss. Finally, after "convincing" the boss to waive the installation fee I turned back to Charlie and told him the "good news."

It worked perfectly as it always did. As a finishing touch I told Charlie to PLEASE leave the sign in the front yard for at least six weeks and not take it down before then or I would catch hell from boss. In reality, Charlie could have tossed the sign in a dumpster the minute the installation crew left for all I cared. The sign had already fulfilled its main purpose---to get Charlie to sign on the dotted line. Unfortunately sometimes my sales pitch worked a little too well.

A couple of weeks after the sale, I got a phone call about 3 AM when the Santa Ana winds were blowing hot and furious:

"IT'S NOT MY FAULT!!!" the voice on the phone screeched.

"What," I asked sleepily.


Who is this?


I had no idea who this Charlie was waking me up so early in the morning.

"Charlie who?" I asked.


Suddenly it became clear to me who Charlie was.

"Charlie, don't worry about it. It was an act of nature."


Charlie was actually worried that my boss would become enraged about the loss of a sign that we really didn't give a damn about and would maybe reclaim the satellite dish equipment.

"Don't worry. I'll straighten it out with him so please get back to sleep."

And that wasn't even the strangest of my experiences selling 10 foot satellite dishes. Like there was the time I sold a 10 foot satellite dish to a couple of guys in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles who bought the satellite dish on the condition that it be painted bright pink. Actually there were three guys there but the third guy was chained half naked to the wall so I guess he didn't count. Hey, it was Silver Lake. Any other place and it would be considered criminal enslavement. In Silver Lake it was just part of the local lifestyle.

Oh and in case you think I sold only high ticket items, I also sold Jesus nightlights for 2 for a buck. But that's another story which perhaps the Coupon Whisperer will someday tell in another story entitled: "Attack of the Jesus Nightlights!"

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Combat Roach Killer---$1.19!!!

It's that time of year when the cockroaches come out in force. Fortunately there is a really inexpensive way for you to get Combat Cockroach Killer in the syringe form which dispenses gel pellets that the roaches eat and ultimately kills them.

Here is how to do this deal IF you live in a Publix area: Get the Publix Yellow sheet and clip out the Combat store coupons for $3 off. Then go to the section of your Publix where they sell insecticide and take note of the "Blinkie" which dispenses coupons. Right now the Blinkies are dispensing $1 Combat product coupons. Now be sure you grab the boxes of Combat with a picture of the syringe on the front that look like the one above since it is selling for $5.19 each. Stack the two coupons together and you deduct $4 total leaving you a net cost of only $1.19 per box. A real cheap way of combating (pun intended) your roaches.

In my case, a fringe benefit of buying these boxes of Combat roach killer was meeting the BEST salesperson ever. It happened yesterday afternoon at the Coral Springs Publix on Sample Rd. near State Road 7. I had just entered the store when May the bag girl gave me a big smile and tossed a baguette of bread into my cart and chirped, "You're gonna absolutely LOVE this bread." And that is EXACTLY how great sales people make their sales. They assume the sale is done even before it ever happens. During the course of my checkered career I have sold everything from 10 foot satellite dish systems for $5000 to 50 cent Jesus nightlights and the most important thing about selling is COMPLETE CONFIDENCE in what you are selling. Assume ahead of time that the sale is done and 99% of the battle is done. Anyway, you sort of had to be there to appreciate what a pro May was at selling.

Oh, and if anybody out there wants to see a terrific movie about salesmen, then check out "Tin Men" starring Richard Dreyfus and Danny Devito. Some of the techniques used in that movie were very similar to what I used when selling the satellite dishes. Yes, they were big ticket items but for a certain stretch I was selling one or two of those dishes per day (once I even sold 3 dishes in a day) mainly because I assumed the sales were a done deal.

If you go to that Publix I mentioned, don't be too surprised if you walk out with a baguette that you originally didn't intend to buy. And does Publix know they have a top sales person in one of their stores?