There are some people who are born with a natural ability to sell and others who develop that ability over time. In fact, you might sometimes hear that a person would be able to sell ice cream to Eskimos. Although that may be taking things a bit to far, there are people who find making the sale to be a challenge and they are up to that challenge in amazing ways. That is what this teacher discovered when she sent her kids out to sell something as an assignment. By the time you get to the punchline of this joke, you will be laughing out loud.
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 success.”
“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 toothbrushes to make that much money?”
“I found the busiest corner in town,” said Little Johnny, “I set up a Dip & Chip stand, I gave everybody who walked by a free sample.”
They all said the same thing, “Hey, this tastes like dog crap!”
Then I would say, “It is. Wanna buy a toothbrush?
I used the governmental approach of giving you crap for free, and then making you pay to get the bad taste out of your mouth.”