If you've got a better way to sell something, let us know! Here are a few selling ideas:

Zoom lenses: "Always hand the camera to the customer with the lens set to its widest field of view. Have them point it at a distant object and then tell them how to zoom in ("pull it in like a slide trombone" for example.) At least one out of three will say wow!" …Chris Lydle, Chris' Camera Center in New Jersey

Kodak Royal Gold Multipacks: "Will you be paying with cash, check, credit card or Kodak Voucher today?" …That's what Barry Glick of New York's Westside Camera asks at the cash register.

Selling yourself:

"Your reputation and credibility as a sales person is worth more to you than any amount of commission you will ever earn after closing a sale" ! Regards, Steve Holland - Southeastern Photographics, Inc.

"Your customers come to you for a very important reason-- they want to know YOUR opinion. When you want to be SURE that they know what you think simply use the phrase, "I recommend..." For example, "I recommend 400 ISO film for most situations," or, "I recommend getting the larger zoom; it will give you more options in the long run." This phrase is remarkably good at letting people know what you think they should do, I recommend using it." …M. Sean Lafferty

"When selling a camera and after probing the customer I always start off with "What I like about this camera is ..."; All of the cameras have a feature that will work for this and it tells the customer right up front why you chose a particular camera to show them." …Mark Hall, Sales/Training Coordinator Wolf Camera

Longer Zoom Lenses: "Step young parents up from an 80-200 to a 75-300mm lens by telling them "at your daughter's soccer games, your pictures will look 50% bigger and closer than the ones the guy next to you is taking. They'll think you're a better photographer, but it will really just be because you've got better equipment." Make the customer a part of the conspiracy." …Jim Curran, Chris' Camera Center in New Jersey

Film versus the digital image: "As a defense to the knee-jerk need to "archive" film digitally, ask if the buyer would also like to scan the deed to his house and then destroy the original document. A new appreciation for film should be the result. We should "archive" digital images on film!"
…(john castronovo)

"Smile Ask Listen Educate Sell" Ron Lakin-Reed's Cameras

"Don't expect a customer to know all the insider's language. Instead of asking "do you want an SLR" ask "would you like a camera that lets you look through the same lens that takes the picture, so what you see is exactly what you get?" And if you have to talk about f-stops and shutter speeds with neophytes, compare them to plumbing." …Chris Lydle, Chris' Camera Center in New Jersey

"Customers don't care how much you know until they know how much you care!" source unknown..... Todd A. Talamo, Sales Training Coordinator, Wolf Camera

"Always show the most expensive camera first; It is better to show the customer the camera with all the features because it is easier to sell down then sell up."
Brian Butler at Wolf Camera

"What kind of photos do you WANT to take?" Rita Wagner at Wolf Camera

After careful listening to you customer describing what they would like to do , make your best choice on what equipment fits that need . While showing the customer how this works on the camera, reaffirm that the benefits of this product's features are met by your suggestion of products. This establishes the value of the product to meet their needs.…Jim Everhart at Wolf Camera

In selling cameras I like to emphasize not getting too technical. Most customers just want to know how to push the button that is going to capture a personal memory. In giving them technical jargon you are more likely to lose a sale. Keep it simple!…Nikki Kresse at Wolf Camera

Spotting Scopes: "Put up a target - we use a four-inch-square sign with a postage stamp on it, 30 feet from the selling area. It's legible with a 36-power scope but the customers usually can't even find it with the naked eye."Cindy Reiser, Chris' Camera Center in New Jersey

"I don't know if this is a tip or a philosophy, but I am always telling our people: "Listening is more important than talking." regards, Henry Posner/B&H Photo-Video http://www.bhphotovideo.com

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