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The Sales Buzz Issue 77 - Sales scam or legitimate selling technique. You decide.
June 14, 2010
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Take a look at the way a large corporate sale force words it quotes for new business and you decide:
Is it a sales scam to trick unsuspecting prospects that don’t check the wording.
Or, is it a legitimate marketing and sales technique that you would use.
You decide and add your comments to the Sales Blog
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Read the following way a company gives information to its sales prospects and then you decide if this is a legitimate sales technique, or a cheap trick to confuse potential customers and get them to sign contracts.
When you’ve decided share your opinion on our Blog and we will publish the results in next week’s newsletter. Scam or Good technique – Would you use it – Would you let your sales teams use it.
The company provides waste collection services and this particular quote is for an 1100 litre container to be emptied once a week.
In the UK there is a VAT (value added tax, similar to sales tax in the USA) that is payable at 17.50% and customers will be ware that this tax will be added to the monthly charge.
There is also a landfill tax imposed by the UK government. The current rate of this tax is £48 per Tonne and is charged by the landfill sites and paid by the waste company. Many customers are not aware of this tax as it is never paid directly by the customers of waste collection companies.
Landfill & Disposal contribution - What’s this?
Landfill tax is payable at £48 per tonne going to landfill. Where does the 17.5% figure come from.
They wouldn’t be trying to confuse the sales prospect into thinking this was related to Value Added Tax, would they. As that just happens to be charged at 17.5% as well. And, you can see the only mention of VAT is in very small letters at the bottom right.
At the bottom of the pricing is the line:
Total Estimated Monthly Charge. This is followed by an asterisk that you would expect to link to a description or definition.
The customer that was given this quote could find only one linking reference to the asterisk. That is to a note on the actual contract that says:
L & D contribution will be added at the appropriate rate.
And under the same 1 star referring link are the words: VAT will be added at the appropriate rate.
Is it fair to think, looking at how this quote is presented, that a customer may be left with the impression that their monthly charge will be £38.99 + vat @ 17.5%
Their actual charge will include another 17.5% for Landfill & Disposal contribution. A charge made up by the waste service company.
The contract they wanted the customer to sign was for 3 years. During that time Landfill tax will rise, so presumably the company will increase their 17.5% landfill and Disposal cost.
As a sales professional is this a legitimate sales and marketing technique. Would you use it, and would you let your sales team quote prospects in this way.
As a business customer how do you feel about the way the quote is worded, and if you spotted it would you sign a contract with the company.
Is this a deliberate attempt to hide a cost.
Or, should the buyer make sure they check the small print.
What effects will this have on teh long term revenue and customer numbers of the waste services provider.
Tell us what you think by opening the Sales Training Sales Tips Blog comment page.
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