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Profit center is right! A couple of months ago when I was visiting my parents I tagged along with my dad as he went car shopping.
He always saves up and pays cash for a car, and he had made it clear with the dealer they wouldn't be financing. The dealer kept subtly bringing it up, usually in off-handed comments. My dad found a car he liked and could afford, but it was above his budget. Of course the dealer was really pushing it (as dealers do) and, as we both can't stand aggressive, pushy salespeople, we were just ready to get out of there.
My dad makes a real lowball offer, they literally laugh in his face, going on and on about how ridiculous it was, and we finally leave. After a 5-10 minute drive home, my mom greets us by saying the dealer called and was willing to take the price (my dad knew the guy and had bought cars from him in the past). They must have picked up the phone before the door closed behind us. And man, were they DESPERATE to get him to finance it! When my dad called back, they casually bring it up like it was already agreed upon. My dad tells him there is no way they're financing the car, after all he's been setting money aside specifically for this purpose. They start hemming and hawing, threatening to back out if they don't finance it or raise the price.
I just don't get super aggressive salespeople. I can't stand to be around them, but I guess acting like you have the upper hand must trick enough people.
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