Productive Salesmanship

The kids filed back into class Monday morning. They were very excited. Their weekend
assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship.

Little Sally led off: “I sold girl scout cookies and I made $30,” she said proudly, “My sales
approach was to appeal to the customer’s civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious

“Very good,” said the teacher.

Little Jenny was next. “I sold magazines,” she said, “I made $45 and I explained to everyone
that magazines would keep them up on current events.”

“Very good, Jenny,” said the teacher.

Eventually, it was Little Johnny’s turn. The teacher held her breath …

Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the
teacher’s desk. “$2,467,” he said.

“$2,467!” cried the teacher, “What in the world were you selling?”

“Toothbrushes,” said Little Johnny.

“Toothbrushes!” echoed the teacher, “How could you possibly sell enough tooth brushes to make
that much money?”

“Easy… I found the busiest corner in town,” said Little Johnny, “I set up a Chip & Dip stand
and gave everybody who walked by a free sample.” They all said the same thing, “Hey, this
tastes like dog shit!” Then I would say, “Well, it is dog shit. Wanna buy a toothbrush?”
“I used the Obama governmental approach of giving you something shitty for free, and then
making you pay to get the taste out of your mouth.”

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