Getting It Together

Written by Bob Osgoodby

onday, I tookrepparttar plunge and went looking for a new car. Our "Grand Am" was getting a bit "long inrepparttar 119116 tooth", and we felt it was time for a change.

We went to a number of dealers, found a make and model we liked, and started to shop price. We got so many conflicting prices, I came home and felt like I had been put through a wringer.

But, after a bit, I settled down and decided to letrepparttar 119117 web do some ofrepparttar 119118 work for me. I called allrepparttar 119119 dealers and asked them to fax me a copy ofrepparttar 119120 window stickers ofrepparttar 119121 make and model I was interested in. Lo and Behold - all were exactlyrepparttar 119122 same. So whyrepparttar 119123 big disparity inrepparttar 119124 offering prices?

Then I remembered - - and immediately called it up. I enteredrepparttar 119125 make and model ofrepparttar 119126 vehicle I was looking for, and not only gotrepparttar 119127 window sticker prices, but also whatrepparttar 119128 dealer paid forrepparttar 119129 vehicle andrepparttar 119130 accessory packages . One dealer actually tried to charge us $5,000 over his cost.

I then looked uprepparttar 119131 resale value ofrepparttar 119132 "Grand Am", and armed with this information andrepparttar 119133 dealer cost, went back to bargain. When all was said and done, I got $1,000 more forrepparttar 119134 "Grand Am" than they were offering, and paid $100 over dealer cost forrepparttar 119135 new one. Sure, I know they have dealer incentives and rebates. The dealer couldn't stay in business very long only making $100 per sale. But I did know I was probably paying a fair price.

Flashback - Last fall, I needed new filters for our humidifier and couldn't find them locally. Back torepparttar 119136 web - after a bit of searching I foundrepparttar 119137 company that manufactured them. A quick call to their "800" number and found a dealer that carried them.

Many of us surfrepparttar 119138 web for many different reasons, but it is a great resource as well. It is possible to research a company, product or service.

Bad Attitude

Written by Bob Osgoodby

It never ceases to amaze me that some people trying to do business onrepparttar Internet exhibit a bad attitude. It can take many forms. I recently sent out an email request to someone, andrepparttar 119115 answer I received, was to sayrepparttar 119116 least, brusque. Needless to say, I removed his email addresses from my files, and he won't hear from me inrepparttar 119117 future.

Now what isrepparttar 119118 point here? I don't know what his problem was, but he obviously had one. Mayberepparttar 119119 dog just made a mess onrepparttar 119120 carpet, or he had an argument with someone - who knows. But he was obviously in a bad frame of mind when he wrote me. We all receive something that raises our "hackles" every now and then. The best thing is to either ignore it, or wait until you are in a better frame of mind before responding.

When you write to someone you must remember thatrepparttar 119121 only way they can determine your intention isrepparttar 119122 words you use. If you give someone "short shrift" they will simply write you off, and you'll never hear from them again. If you are doing business onrepparttar 119123 web,repparttar 119124 last thing you want is to send out an email with negative vibes.

Worse yet, some people simply ignore your request and never respond. Why spend your time and effort trying to promote something, and when you do get a response, ignore it? This makes no sense. One ofrepparttar 119125 things that people like, and have grown to expect, isrepparttar 119126 rapid communication possible onrepparttar 119127 net. If you don't get back in a timely manner, people will getrepparttar 119128 impression that you are not responsive. This can berepparttar 119129 "kiss of death" torepparttar 119130 online entrepreneur.

Sometimes a request for information is sent after you have closed down forrepparttar 119131 day. So what is a timely manner? That's hard to define, but let's examine a few strategies.

Free auto-responders are a way of giving someone an immediate response. But people are "savvy" enough to recognize whererepparttar 119132 response came from, and put little faith in that type of answer. All it is really letting them know is that their email was received. Sure, it will give them some information, but you still haverepparttar 119133 need to give them a timely personal response.

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