However, failure to understand the product that one is selling isn’t limited to car salesmen.
When I bought my current refrigerator, the salesman was trying to figure out how to work the ice dispenser. Since I had settled on that model mainly because it didn’t have an ice dispenser–which I neither want nor need–I allowed him to waste a couple of minutes before I explained to him that this model did not have an ice dispenser.
And now, I think it is time to revive my favorite stupid car salesman story! (For the regulars who have read this one a few times, I apologize!)
Many years ago, my brother & SIL were shopping for a new car, and–as usual–they had done their due diligence prior to visiting showrooms. In order to assess whether a particular car salesman was really as stupid as he seemed, my brother pointed to a button on the dashboard labeled “traction control”, and while trying to seem clueless and innocent, he asked the salesman, “What does that do?”.
The salesman replied, “Oh, when you push that button, it makes the car heavier!”.
My brother’s reply was, “I have to say that I am really impressed with technology that allows a driver to defy the laws of physics”, and then he and his wife exited the showroom in search of intelligent life.