Book: Proverbs 7
“So she seduced him with her pretty speech and enticed him with her flattery. He followed her at once,
like an ox going to the slaughter. He was like a stag caught in a trap, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life.”
Do you realize that when a salesperson calls, sends you an e-mail or comes up to you they are trying to sell you something in which they will benefit through a paycheck or other means. I know it sounds basic but sometimes we forget this basic concept. They are going to present their offer in the best light possible probably by starting off demonstrating how you need their product/service and then will show you how wonderful, amazing, and incredible an offer they will give you on it because you are special to them. They will present it in such a way that it “just makes sense” to purchase now.
Years ago my wife and I took up an offer to enjoy two free nights in a vacation recreational hotel. The deal was that we would attend a 90 minute presentation. The first night we enjoyed the hot tub, pool and the wonderful suite. The next morning we got up and went to the 90 minute sales presentation which ended up to be a two and a half hour “90 minute” presentation. These guys were good at what they did. They first got to know us in a causal way drawing information that they would be able to use later when they got to the hard sell pressure time. They then move to sharing the wonderful lifestyle we would experience regularly by owning the Time Share. They crunched the numbers in front of us to show how it made financial sense to purchase it that day. It all was appealing. When they asked how we would like to pay for it we informed them that we would not be purchasing the $15,000 Time Share. That was when the sales pressure kicked in! Immediately they dropped the price to $10,000 but only if we purchased that day. By the time we walked out of the sales office they had dropped the price for us down to $6,500 after bringing in the sales manager to put even more pressure on us . We did not buy.
What the sales people did not know or understand was that my wife and I do not make major purchases without doing our own research and praying it through. We also will not purchase under pressure and therefore require days to think it through. Once home from the vacation, we were able to find people who were almost willing to give their Time Share away because of the ongoing cost. Even if we had been given the Time Share for free, it would still cost us more than we would normally spend on a holiday.
Beware of those who try to sell you using manipulation, flattery and emotional pulls. Do your own research and get advice from a non-biased knowledgeable person. Even when they present the positive financial picture, do your own research and calculations. Do not allow yourself to be pressured into the purchase. Most importantly, talk to God about it and ask Him for guidance in your decision. Remember He wants the very best for you and knows what is best for you!