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Topic: How much change?
Message: Posted by: Louis.P.M (Sep 20, 2008 12:05PM)
Hi there,

No, I am not asking about Obhama, but about the all-mighty dollar!

As I am nearing my first experience in pitching, I'd like to be as prepared as I can be...and in the process, get every little piece of information I can get out of the pros and vets here ;)

So the question goes like this: How much change do you bring for a day? And in what denomination?
What is your solution should everyone pay you with a 20$ or 10$ and you run out of 5$?

Thanks a bunch,
Message: Posted by: DonDriver (Sep 20, 2008 12:46PM)

You seem like a nice person so please don't take this personal.

To be a pitchman you'll need a lot of common sense and have to think fast on your feet.You aren't showing too much here if you have to ask what change to take to open.

If you can't figure out on your own what change to take you might be in big trouble when it comes time to PITCH.

Just do what you think might work.

I have gone out many times without any change. I never lost one sale because I didn't have change.You just do what ever it takes."I don't" know or "I can't" isn't part of a pitchmans vocabulary.

Now go out and pitch and figure it all out later when it happens.


P.S. Louis,This is probably the best information you have gotten on pitching.
( besides my DVD of course) So read it several times so it all sinks in.
Message: Posted by: Louis.P.M (Sep 21, 2008 01:48AM)
No harm done, Don (Ok..forget the pun :P)

I always prefered when people say to me "Why are you asking me that?" than "You should have asked me..."

Anyway, even if the question sounded like I have no clue about business, I am certain there is a bunch of others who didn't take the time to think about it and will go "aaaaah... good thing I read that before I go out"...and teachers always told us that if we had a question in mind, chances were others had it too.

Then again, maybe I'm simply thinking too much about the little details and should be focusing on the general picture.

I understand that like in any field, the difficulty will always be in handling the "first" problem. Like the first heckling customer, the first bad day, the first rain... even the first lack of change. And, like always in life, it will become easier to face obstacles as we gain experience about how to handle them.

Like I told my father 10 years ago: I'll go live and make my mistakes. One guy can receive all the tips & tricks he wants, nothing teaches better than the hard cold shower of life experience :P

(And I think I have pretty much all the info I need on your DVD and more...)
Message: Posted by: sethb (Sep 21, 2008 03:14PM)
I was taught that the only dumb question was the one you didn't ask. :)

However, it is also true that the only way to learn some of this is to go out and do it. Don's DVD is a goldmine of information that really lets you hit the ground running. But there will still be plenty to learn by doing, and plenty that's "not in the manual." You definitely need to be on your toes, but that's part of the challenge and the fun of it.

Like the day that a woman wanted a refund because her Magic Worm wasn't "alive" -- she thought it was supposed to be real. Even though I say about five times during the pitch that "it's a magic trick, the worm is not real, but it sure does LOOK real, doesn't it, folks?"

I wasn't sure if she was crazy or was just disappointed in the trick, but to avoid a hassle and a possible complaint to the show sponsor, I did give her a refund. Normally, once someone has opened the package, that's it, no refund, because they learn the secret and also because it's not in resellable condition. But in this case, I figured that the sooner I got her out of my hair, the better, and I was right. Here, I was able to reclose the package and immediately resell her worm to someone else, so no harm done. SETH