Well I finally decided to see what all the hoopla was about and I drove the
2 hours to the nearest Woodcraft store the other day. Having never been to
one I found it interesting seeing all the gadgets and things that I look at
in print all the time. Anyway, there is this customer inquiring about the
Keller 1500 jig and the salesman is throwing a pitch to him and it went
something like this:
Customer: "Is this a good product?"
Salesman: "Oh yes, the very best for TD!"
Customer: "So can just anyone use it?"
Salesman: "Yes as long as you don't mind!" *pun*
Customer: "Do you think it would be an improvement to my shop?"
Salesman: "Oh yeah. Why with this thing you could easily add 10-20% profits
just for the fact that you can now offer TD."
Customer: "Wow! Really? I never thought of that. (this is where I almost
busted out laughing) So this thing not only adds quality but profits to my
shop. Oh boy, I have got to buy this!"
Salesman: (actually winking at me and another customer says) "I think it
would be a good move for you!"
Customer: (nudging the salesman's arm says) "Thanks so much for filling me
in on the profit increase factor, I never would have thought that. Say. Do
you have any other tools or equipment that could do the same thing for my
The salesman then winked at us again and led the guy over to the woodworking
Can you believe this? LOL I thought I would piss my pants. They say one is
born every minute, I'm a believer!! I should have told that customer about
my West Virginia Oceanfront property I have for sale!
No ... but I will check it out ASAP. Thanks for the heads-up... I think! :)
I've been toying with the idea of actively looking for, and investing in,
some older iron lately
I saw the picture of Bridger's PowerMatic 65 on abpw yesterday and could
still kick myself for not buying the one a friend had for sale about 20
years ago. I think he wanted $400 for it and I thought it was too much at
And here I thought you were laughing at the salesman
getting the acronym wrong: TD vs. DT for dove-tail.
Heck, with that name, I coulda swored it did blind dovies.
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It could be mutual leg pulling from that description. I remember a
very different scene ca 1975 in the Woburn, MA store, the only one at
A woman came in who had just been taken by the idea of wood turning.
She looked at the lathes on display, and gravitated to the big
Powermatic, about $2000 (twice the price of a Unisaw).
The salesman strongly suggested she try something around $400 for a
while to see if she really liked it, and went on to explain a lot of
things, including ballast. If she found she really enjoys turning then
come back and trade in for the big one.
My respect for him rose a lot.
Rodney Myrvaagnes NYC J36 Gjo/a
"Accordions don't play 'Lady of Spain.' People play 'Lady of Spain."
It would seem to me that the salesman knew the customer was looking for an
excuse to buy a new "necessity" and was accommodating. I would says it's kind
of like the sign over the register at our local Rockler that reads "Your wife
just called and said you can buy anything you want."
Buffalo, NY - USA
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Nah, you just had to be there I guess. There was no joking or behind the
scene puns from the customer at all. I saw him come in and go to the Keller
Jig right away. It was a minute or so later that the salesman (who by the
way came from the back room) started to help the guy. The look on his face
was like a kid at Christmas!
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