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Stories from the Sales Frontlines

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  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,752
    "Mr. Grumpy has found something else he doesn't like."

    I never realized when I gave you that name you would enjoy using it so much. :P I do agree with you on the topic of getting the second item at 50% off. What burns me up is that they make the 50% sign really large so that you at first think that the items are actually 50% off each.

    I love the signs this time of year that say "75% off and take an additional 20% off". Now that's a deal!

    Richard
  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,752
    If you leave off the tip, it was $8.3333333333333 each. :P Can you imagine the lovely decor of a $25 room? :sick: Talk about dust mites and shed skin! :surprise:

    Richard
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Ha ha. I was flipping channels this morning and an old I Love Lucy episode was on. They were in a hotel for 16 bucks a night!! :surprise:

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,196
    Going to Sottsdale for 7 days soon. Using my points, I pay $59 a night for a Suite in Old Town. Free full breakfast every day as well. We charge almost everything on the rewards card.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Sorry but they paid $25 for the room, $2 for the tip and got $3 back from their original $30.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Yeah, after you read it back it makes sense. I guess I need to go back to high school. :surprise:

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,752
    Where in heaven's name have you been?! I've been asking about you for months. I'm glad that you're alive. How's Chicago? Try to stay around and keep me straight. I know; it's an impossible job. ;)

    Richard
  • sterlingdogsterlingdog North CarolinaPosts: 6,752
    Cadillac ATS wins North American Car of the Year Award for 2013.

    Richard
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,487
    edited January 2013
    I was at the New England International Auto Show yesterday. The ATS had a pretty constant flow of traffic. I played around a bit, it's pretty small inside, as is the trunk. And, while I have a version 1.0 touch screen in my current car that is slow and semi-annoying, the new ultra modern CUE in the ATS I found even more annoying! The "virtual sliders" for volume are a terrible idea. A lot of distraction whilst driving. Luckily, redundant controls on the steering wheel. Simple buttons and dials, auto mfgs., please! They work!

    The new Lincoln MKZ is a nice looker, but the center stack plastic does not look upscale. This car is based on the new Fusion. And, Lincoln, your naming nomenclature is terrible. Does anyone really know the difference between an MKX, MKS or an MKZ? I think you have some pretty good currency with "Continental" and "Mark xxx..."

    While I'm an Acura fan, and two time owner, they really have to hire an outside stylist. Beauty is in the eye, but I find none with Acura. My '05 TL was a simple, classy, handsome design. What happened??? At least the beak is dying a slow death.

    BMWs are becoming a bit ridiculous in price (well, maybe they always have been). We did get a nice chunk of change off the 535ix we bought in 2011, which got it "down" to loaded 3 series territory.

    Mercedes? Ditto.

    Maybe Caddy will help save GM, a lot of traffic there. And more products coming, I'm looking forward to reviews of the ELR.

    Sad, one lonely Fisker cordoned off amongst Aston Martin, Lamborhini, Bentley and Rolls. The Fisker was garnering no attention. Keep that in mind when pricing the ELR, Caddy!

    And, my current marque, Jaguar, was MIA. Que lastima.

    Oh, yeah. The "Spokesmodels?" Oh, my. :) :D :blush:

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,019
    "..maybe we always need adversity in our lives..."

    I'll take the beautiful weather and if I need adversity I'll pick a fight with my wife. At least then, when she throws me out in the street I can sleep on the beach. :shades:

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,019
    "...only drive about 1300 miles/yr...."

    A 13 year old car with only about 16k miles? That's my dream car. Call me when you want to sell. I should be down in St. Pete's by then. :)

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,596
    Que lastima

    I remember that from Spanish class. Like Holy Sh&* or Holy cow (more likely).

    Nice review on the car show. ATS sounds nice, but I agree with you...knobs on the radio WORK. Last time I was in a drive-thru and had to turn down the radio quickly I just hit the power button and turned it off. (easier than holding the volume down button)

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,019
    "...the difference between..."

    I totally agree. The other day a friend was talking about a particular Lincoln model and I started discussing a totally different one because I can't keep all the "Ms" straight. :( For a low volume brand like Lincoln they should make it easier.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    I thought I replied to this (I know I did) but it hasn't shown up.

    Where in heaven's name have you been?!

    Been around, tried to get my book finished and then started getting ready for tax season.

    How's Chicago?

    Can't wait to put this state in my rear view mirror (hows that for a car reference?).

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,061
    edited January 2013
    We buy Restonic mattresses. There is a reason for doing so. Their factory is 45 minutes from here.

    Thanks guys but when it comes to mattresses it seems as though high prices do not necessarily equate to comfort and relaxation.

    *Richard, according to an "unbiased" review I read, the Restonic mattress is slightly below average when it comes to comfort, after four years down the road, and above average when it comes to price. They claim the mattress tend to sink in the middle after fours years of use. Besides, the product is not available in the Boston area.

    *Driver, I really like the Tempurpedic, but the model I like retails for $7,500. My budget is maxed at $2,000, but if I have to, I probably could go as high as $2,500 but that will result in a big fight with my wife.

    *graphicguy, I am very surprised to learn that the SleepNumber bed does not hold the number setting and must be adjusted every night. In that case, I will have remove it from further consideration.

    Still, I understand that it is possible to buy "real" hotel mattress sets from the leading hotel chains. If I can buy something as comfortable as what I slept on at the Hilton and the Marriott I wouldn't hesitate if the price is relatively reasonable.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,587
    Philly had jaguar. Some new convertible sport model roped off on a platform was quite attractive. They also had Fisker. Maybe 3 cars, and one of them had a big Sold sign on it. I did not get up close to that one.

    Acura styling is improving. I like the ILX, our RDX nose is toned down, and the RLX actually looks good.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,327
    At least then, when she throws me out in the street I can sleep on the beach.

    And, when are you going to Largo? This has been an amazing January so far.

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,327
    Does anyone really know the difference between an MKX, MKS or an MKZ?

    Really good comments about your impressions of the cars you saw. Those are the things I would be interested in knowing.

    If I have to refer to one of those Lincoln models I have to look them up on the wesite to know which is which.

    Slide controls for volume would be difficult to use. The Passat has slide rule to find stations on Sirius and it is hard to control the selection, either go to far or not far enough.

    I agree about the Accuras, the vintage before the snout was much nicer...some cars just get uglier for some reason.

    BMW has some game going on using option packages to really boost the price. We priced a 328 and 335 for my wife. Then when we drove the A4 and liked it better no matter what the price, I was shocked to find it cost $16K less than the 335. The Premium Plus model included everything, even lange change warnings, which the 335 didn't have. Something is wrong with this.....except for 300 hp vs 240 we like the Audi in every way a lot more.

    Good points made though...loved the review of the cars you commented on.

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,327
    *Driver, I really like the Tempurpedic, but the model I like retails for $7,500.

    $7500 has to be the top of the line set. The top of the line could get up there, but there are models that cost less. I just quickly found this site:
    Tempur Cloud

    We prefer Scandinavian style beds which are firm....like driving a bmw, usually made of foam, and don't require a boxspring. We got one for the Florida home and it was about $500 at Ikea........we love it. Not as good as the Tempurpedic but better than 90% of the mattresses I have used in motel/hotel rooms.

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,019
    As promised, I test drove a 500 Abarth today. This one was a 2012 with a tick over 4,000 miles on the clock. I really enjoyed driving it; it's not very fast(6.9s 0-60, 15.1s 1/4 mile) but it is very tight and tossable- and the rorty exhaust note is worth the price of admission alone. The ergonomics are a bit on the quirky side and I sit a bit too high for my taste, but in my opinion it is more fun than a GTI(too smooth) or Cooper S(too cute- see: interior design by Playskool). The deal killers: I don't want a car payment and the 2012 didn't get heated seats :mad: (I didn't realize that until after the test drive). Aside from that it would be a great car to drive for my last 2 to 2.5 years of traveling the state- after which I'd sell it off and buy a true RWD performance car...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

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