Everyone has experienced the awkward and uncomfortable situation created by high-pressure sales tactics. It’s safe to say that nobody enjoys being pressured into anything, especially important life decisions. As bad as these tactics are when you’re browsing for a new car, they are especially dangerous when it comes to timeshares since the stakes are so high.
Here are some tactics to help you the next time you face a pushy sales person:
- Don’t ask questions, simply say no and end the conversation. To a salesperson, asking any kind of question can imply that you’re interested. This will only prompt them to try to draw you into a conversation.
- Make sure that you use unequivocal terms like “will not”, “do not”, or “am not.” If you say “maybe” or imply that you want to think about it, you’re giving them fuel to keep pressing.
- Don’t answer questions asked by the salesperson. This is a ploy used to draw you into conversation and get additional information about you. The best strategy is to simply say “no thank you” and walk away.
- Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself. Salespeople are persistent, so you should be too! So if a salesperson tries to draw you into a conversation, feel free to repeat “I’m not interested” and “no thanks.”
- Don’t be afraid to walk away. You’re not obligated to give them your time and you don’t have to feel bad for not wanting to answer their questions. It’s not impolite to say “no thank you” and end the conversation.
And perhaps the most important thing is to remember is not to give in and assume that you can just “undo” it later. This can be a very costly mistake, especially if you end up signing a contract. So if you’re truly not interested, say no and get away from there!