Just check it out…

All of you youth pastor/church people out there know about these crazy people who call you on the phone and try to sell you material or curriculum. Most of them follow the same basic script where they rave about how great their material is as they throw out a bunch of author names that you should know if you ever really followed the whole Christian celebrity scene.

But then comes the real annoying part. They decide to send it to you if you will simply look at it and try it out. You can then send it back in 30 days at no cost. Now, most of the time I just say no, but every now and again there is something that I am sort of interested in so I agree. What inevitably happens is that I forget to send it back so then I start getting mean phone calls telling me that now I have to buy the stuff. In the end it just leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth about the company.

This sort of business plan just frustrates me. It is like rebates. It is dependant on the forgetfulness of others, and as a pastor with dozens of things to do it is easy to forget something I never really wanted to look at in the first place.

Sorry, I’m just a little frustrated.

2 thoughts on “Just check it out…

  1. JP says:

    Why are you bashing people who are trying to make a living?

    If you didn’t want to look at it in the first place, why did you get it?
    Where is the personal responsibility? They told you the agreement.
    And, they called to get it back. Most end up charging your card automatically when you don’t return it. If anything, you should be thanking them for providing leniency on your irresponsibility.

  2. The Average Youth Minister says:

    I could see it that way if it wasn’t such a hard sell. This current product I told the guy no multiple times including saying that I didn’t have the budget. When he said "just check it out" for the third time I just agreed to try to help the guy out. I have a problem with phone call marketing in general and while I understand it someone’s job and I am not mad at the guy calling I am frustrated with a sales model that works on pressuring pastors.

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