Why say no to sales?

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I was walking around the floor of the Book Expo today (co-located with Blogworld, where I am speaking) and ran across a vendor showcasing their wares. They had some amazing crafted cases – bags, iPad slipcovers, notebooks, etc. on display. When I asked the woman running the booth if I could buy one of the items, she said that unfortunately, they were only there to build brand presence and couldn’t actually sell any of their items.

Cue the sound of the giant facepalm. Why would you pay upwards of $10,000 to have a booth at a trade show and NOT sell your items? I can totally understand running out of stock, but the merchant in question didn’t bring enough to begin with. If they had, they would have made sales on the spot to me and several other people standing around.

The lesson here is simple: don’t turn down opportunities for sales! If a customer wants to buy, don’t actively stand in their way.

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6 responses to “Why say no to sales?”

  1. Many tradeshows prohibit direct booth sales; you are only allowed to take orders at the show. So it may not have been the vendor’s choice in this case.

    1. That’s as may be, but I didn’t even have that option – and at this show, there were plenty of other vendors at booths selling stuff out like crazy.

      1. It’s often a taxation and license thing as well- but I have also had that experience at other conferences and the same feeling- why make me go home, try to remember your company and order online?  Why not simply even have an iPad there with square so at least I can order at the booth and have it greet me when I get home?

        PS. Have you seen the ipad chopsticks style styluses?  very cool.

  2. Well I agree with you some sellers did not sale when they were offering but on the other they will have making noises to not getting sale as much as they thought.

    I feel customer is the king in any business and if he want to buy anything don’t refuse him who knows that chance would not come again and that’s how they build their authority. 

  3. Jeff Rutherford Avatar
    Jeff Rutherford

    I’m always stunned when I try to give companies my money and they place hurdles in front of me not to take it 🙂

    I understand – as some have mentioned – about various rules and regulations, but find a way around them, or take Chris’ cell #, relay it to your internal sales team, they call him within minutes and take an order.

    During the first dot com boom lots of pundits talked about reducing the friction. The companies that reduce the friction – Amazon, Apple, etc. – will win in the end.

  4. Totally do not agree. When you are there for the exhibition just concentrate on the exhibition. You are not there to do sales. Be focus, do what you are suppose to do.

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