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Old 10-12-2004, 02:46 PM
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Re: New job in hunting sales

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Old 10-12-2004, 03:59 PM
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Re: New job in hunting sales

I agree with shawn. Don't try to buffalo anyone. Get help from someone who does know, even if you lose a sale it will look far better on you and the store than if you bs'd someone with info that was incorrect.
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Old 10-12-2004, 07:56 PM
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Re: New job in hunting sales

Things not to do:
#1 If a woman comes to the counter with her boyfriend/husband and SHE wants to see a gun, hand it to the bf/hubby (buddy had this happen to him and his wife)
#2 Customer asks for a brand x, model y - salesman grabs something else (more expensive) and hands it to the customer - customer says I wanted to see the brand x model y - salesman says "I thought you wanted quality".
customer gets [img]images/icons/mad.gif[/img] and says "when you pay for the gun, then you can decide what I can get" (watched this happen with another buddy).

The point is to listen to the customer, odds are they have an idea as to what they want. Shawn's comments are right on the money as well. I will add that the more you know about what the store carries and where will help also, but will take time to learn.

And Shawn C, Please, oh please turn off the caps lock! Its like you are YELLING AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS. Thanks.
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Old 10-12-2004, 08:48 PM
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Re: New job in hunting sales

Yes those are a few things NOT to do.

BTW the buddy Gonehuntingagain was referring to was me and my bride. I would have to say that peeved the wife just a bit. She asked to see a winchester ranger in .308 (by name, she didn't just point.) and the gun clerk grabed it off the rack, cleared it and handed it to me. OOPS.

I ended up working at that same gun counter for about a year or two.

The above advice is good. I would suggest that you ask the customer what they want. Learn about them before you go spouting off all that you know. You will find that many counter cruisers have a very good knoledge and can tell you quite a bit that you don't yet know.

You will find that some customers whant you to confirm what they have learned and others are near void of knoledge and want answers to many basic questions.

Answer the questions as best you can. Don't BS.You will get caught and look like a fool.

Don't overload any customer with too much info. They will get confused (or bored) and you will lose the sale.

Learn about the types of guns your store carries and sell them. Don't worry about every feature on every gun ever produced and talk the customer into a gun you dont carry. (unless you sell crap and can't reccomend the guns you sell out of a guilty concience)

Don't give instructions on anything at the gun counter unless asked how to safely handle a gun that the customer wants to hold. You are a salesperson not a weapons instructor and many customers that think they know what they are doing will get offended and others will get confused or bored and you will lose the sale.

Keep your annecdotes to your self. No one cares how many deer you have shot and how you shot them. If someone asks you if a gun is dependable or accurate or easy to use or what ever and you have experience simply say something like " I have shot this same model gun and I find it to be....."

What else? Oh yes! Don't argue about anything with some "bubba" who wants to give their input while you are helping someone. Even if they are dead wrong. The customer will give you the due respect because they came to see you. They will tend to side with you in ignoring the other guy if you take the lead and ignore (in a friendly manner always) the "helpfull" stranger.

Going for the "up sale" is good if you say something like "I like the ... you picked. This .... might also fit your needs." Don't say "That gun is crap compared to this... brand." Insulting a customers choice is a bad thing coming and going. It offends their taste, knoledge and possibly their financial abilities. And it tells them that your store sells crap sometimes.

Lastly, dont worry about what to learn right now. You will soon find out what type of customers you normally have and what interests them. Learn that stuff and sell every gun in the store.

I have also gone a bit long but I hope it helps. (See my sig line)

[ 10-12-2004: Message edited by: 4ked Horn ]
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Old 10-12-2004, 09:23 PM
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Re: New job in hunting sales

In this same situation couple months ago.. started job @ local Gander Mtn... and me being a bone head only had my head in the LR custom area... since i have found my self knowlegdable about every thing behind the counter.. if someone asks a question you dont have a clue about.. .dont BS with them too much... ask your fellow salesman.. he is your best answer... and if he doesnt know... your SOL.. just dont get nervous about it... people sense it... be confident in the answers you do know... and when a guy comes in with his wife or girlfriend... talk to her to.. hand her some items.. might get your self a date.. lol good luck to you
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Old 10-12-2004, 10:23 PM
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Re: New job in hunting sales

My wife agrees with Jordan. Alot of guys bring in the "little woman" to fit her with a "her size" gun for those moments when he ain't there to protect her. They usually have her look at .22s and .38 snubbies.

Well .22s are a bit small and .38 snubbies have a dang snappy recoil and neither of them aim worth a hoot. If the lady at the counter is remotely interested in guns in the first place try offering her a sweet Beretta .40 or a modest semicustom 1911 .45.
The rounds are formidable, the recoil is firm but not sharp or excessive and she might appreciate the gesture enough that she comes to visit for a second look without the "He-man" next time. [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

Don't forget to tell her that you help with the concealed weapons class your store offers and you would be glad to let her know when the next class is if she would like to leave a phone number with you there in the counter note book. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

No funny stuff.

[ 10-12-2004: Message edited by: 4ked Horn ]
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Old 10-12-2004, 11:18 PM
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New job in hunting sales

I just got a job with a new hunting store here in my town, what do you guys most often ask employees when your at a hunting store and what do they most often not know. I would like to be able to help out the customers as much as possible instead of some yuppy that doesn't know what he's talking about. [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
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