We all know that dealers make most of their money through games and gimmicks. But it is still worth being reminded of that from time to time.
This from the New York Times…..
Without that knowledge, cash-paying customers risk not just a frosty dealer response, but a concerted effort to get them to change their minds, said Mr. Toprak, who sold cars early in his career.
“When I was at a closing and the customer said, ‘this is a cash deal,’ I knew I would not make any money for the next hour,” he said.
Mr. Toprak advised cash buyers to get prices from several dealers through their Web sites. If a sales person balks at honoring that figure because a customer wants to pay cash, the buyer can threaten to go elsewhere, he said.
I was bemused—no, bemused is the wrong word. I always thought that “bemused” meant slightly puzzled or surprised amusment, but the dictionaries all seem to think it refers more to being “confused” or “engrossed in thought”. Though MW is willing to admit that it could refer to “wry amusement”, which is a little closer to Click Here to continue reading.
I posted a few photos from Sunday and Tuesday. For those interested:
Photos from 7/22/07 and 7/24/07.
You can look at the full size images.
On Sunday we went to a family reunion.
A moss covered tree at the park caught my attention.
Tuesday evening I took these photos. Unfortuntely, a bug in the first photo ruins what would have otherwise been a great picture.
This is the last thing they want to hear after the resounding slap of Vista’s face hitting the pavement.
Online computer games sure have hit the big time. Now top rated players are in danger of being kidnapped for their password.…
An armed gang of four kidnapped one of the world’s top RPG gamers after one criminal’s girlfriend lured him into a fake date using Orkut, Google’s social network. After sequestering him in Sao Paulo, they held a gun against the victim’s head for five hours to get his password, which they wanted to sell for $8,000. And yes, the story gets even better.
Surprisingly enough, after five hours the hostage wasn’t talking. The group leader had a gun against his head all that time but the guy didn’t say a word
You can read the rest here….
This week’s Poem of the week is called All my striving is fire. It has relevance to this week’s rant by the Ape Man.
This week’s rant of the week is from the Ape Man. He has a bone to pick with the social sciences.
This has been a most unsatisfactory week. Among other life-changing crisis’ (crisises? crisi?) is when I discovered a nice, big, fat, thick book I had been reading and enjoying didn’t have a three week lending period, but a two week lending period. Drat! I was just getting to a good part, too. It was called Click Here to continue reading.