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Have you ever wondered about the journey from being a vendor to retail?Andrew Diffenderfer, the mastermind behind Foundation Direct, pulls back the curtain on this transition.Join us as we take a walk down memory lane, reminiscing about Columbia House subscriptions and multi-disc CD changers, and discussing the roots of vendors and dealers in the industry. Andrew's rich experiences have not only shaped Foundation Direct but also allowed him to foster deep and enduring relationships within the industry.Are the intricacies of data standardization and its role in facilitating successful collaboration between website providers and dealerships something you're keen to learn about? This episode dives into this critical topic, highlighting the complexities that mixed brand stores present and how to navigate these challenges.An interesting life analogy from Michael's father-in-law also comes into play. Further, we pull back the veil on Andrew's recent foray into dealership ownership alongside Brian Benstock.Discover how this shift has influenced Foundation Direct and how comprehending the daily obstacles dealerships face can lead to a more robust vendor-dealer relationship. Let's gear up for a conversation that's both illuminating and engaging!Andrew Diffenderfer is the Founder and CEO of Foundation Direct.⭐️ Love the podcast? Please leave us a review here — even one sentence helps! Consider including your LinkedIn or Instagram handle so we can thank you personally! We have a daily email! https://www.asotu.com ✉️ Sign up for our free and fun-to-read daily email for a quick shot of relevant news in automotive retail, media, and pop culture.
What you'll learn in this episode: How to know when to walk away from a purchase, and how to trust your intuition when buying Why you should always ask for a detailed receipt, even if it feels awkward Commonly misunderstood phrases dealers may use to confuse buyers How Jeff does due diligence before making a purchase How to navigate the many platforms where you can purchase jewelry today About Jeff Russak Jeff Russak is principal of Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelers. Jeff's expertise in antique and 20th century jewelry combined with an uncompromising attitude toward quality, condition, and style directs the acquisition process. His proficiency in signed pieces and hallmarks is especially useful in identifying and dating each piece. In demand as a speaker on antique jewelry at museums and shows, he also volunteers as a guest appraiser for charity. Additional Resources: Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Photos available on TheJewelryJourney.com Transcript: When it comes to buying jewelry, nothing is more important than trust. That's why Jeff Russak, principal at Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelers, won't hesitate to leave a purchase behind if his inner voice tells him something is wrong. He joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to talk about how he vets his purchases and the dealers he works with; what red flags buyers should watch out for; and why a receipt is more powerful than you might think. Read the episode transcript here. Sharon: Hello, everyone. Welcome to the Jewelry Journey Podcast. This is the second part of a two-part episode. If you haven't heard part one, please head to TheJewelryJourney.com. Today, my guest is Jeff Russak, one of the principals of Lawrence Jeffrey. They are estate dealers located in Litchfield, Connecticut. Jeff has had decades of experience buying and selling. He's also extremely knowledgeable about estate jewelry. Welcome back. What are the mistakes you see people make, whether in the receipt, in the returns or not asking the right questions? What are the mistakes you see? Jeff: The mistakes I see boil down to trusting the wrong person. There you are, and they're showing you a five-carat ruby. It's fire-engine red and pretty clear. It's in a nice ring, and it's $12,000 to $14,000. I can think of a half dozen booths I've seen at shows that had jewelry like this. Well, it's a good deal, and they're going to tell you it's a good deal. They're going to tell you how beautiful it is, but somewhere your brain must be going, “I'm a little worried.” If you're a little worried, stop. I can tell you that those rubies were glass-filled. Of course, they looked good. Were they rubies? The GIA would call them a red, man-made product rather than a ruby. I've gotten a report on such a stone, and that's what they said. I think you have to listen to your voice. The less you know, the more wary you need to be, and the more questions you need to ask. The more questions you ask, eventually you're going to hear things that are going to lead you to either trust and buy or not trust and not buy. If I were a neophyte, I would be like, “Wow, that's a really good price. That's so much less than I've seen for similar pieces. Is the stone natural?” If they say, “Oh yes, this is an all-natural ruby,” I would say, “Will you write that on my receipt?” Then you have recourse. Now we're getting into federal law. Again, we're talking about someone who doesn't know. You have to ask questions to try and get a sense. It's like questioning your six-year-old who's definitely got cupcake crumbs on his fingers. You know something has happened. You're not quite sure what, but you're pretty sure. You want to give him a chance. “So, what have you been up to?” “Oh, nothing.” “What's on your fingers?” They're going to look at their fingers. “Nothing but these crumbs.” “Crumbs, really?” So, you begin to get an idea. The truth is there's no silver bullet for solving these issues. I tell my clients to decide what fun money is to you. For some people, that's $100. For other people, that's $10,000. If you don't want to become more expert in something you want to buy a lot of, if you're going to spend more than fun money, ask an expert. Bring someone in who's knowledgeable, who's an expert, and take it from there. I do that too. I'm pretty expert in a lot of stuff. When I buy a very high-end sapphire, I have someone out on the West Coast who is strictly an expert on sapphire. I will often send it to that person to have it evaluated in much greater detail than a lab report. I will speak with them, and they will walk me through tracing all those factors in the marketplace and how they relate to establish what a wholesale price for it would be, and even sometimes what a retail price would be. A small difference in color in a five-carat stone could be a $10,000 to $20,000 difference at retail. Sharon: That's certainly true. Can you look at a piece of gold and tell who the designer is or where it's from? Jeff: The first thing I do is look for the hallmarks. I'm deft with reading hallmarks, and if I don't know—just this morning, I was taking a picture of a hallmark I couldn't find anywhere. Our shop has a library off the main floor, and the walls are covered with books on all the various designers, on gemology, on the history of jewelry. Then there are cases, which are closed, and they're filled with catalogues, every Tiffany catalogue from 1951. We have probably 60 or 70 Cartier catalogues. We have primary reference material we look at and use, but the short answer is about a third of the time, I can look at something and tell you who made it. But until I look at those hallmarks, it's just a really well-informed guess. Sharon: Can you tell the age of something? If you don't know who made it, can you tell the age just by looking? Jeff: Yes, by examining the piece and taking cues from both the aesthetic choices the goldsmith made, but also from the resources the goldsmith had when they were doing the fabrication. That usually is what tells me when something was made. The resources often dictate the mechanical style. For instance, the French often prefer not to physically join pieces in necklaces. They have a particular way of hinging them. It's sort of a pin with a mushroom cap. When you see that, you almost always know that's a French piece or it was made by someone who studied in France. If it's a Genevan piece, well, the Genevans often studied across the border. There are a lot of clues. It just takes time to learn them. Sharon: The people who work for you or with you, what do you suggest they learn? Do they follow you around, or do you show them each piece? Jeff: I have a really knowledgeable staff. They know a lot. Truthfully, I tell them all the time that they know a lot more than they think. They get to a certain point and I stop telling them; I just ask. In the beginning, though, they'll hesitate. They'll say something and it's almost always right. They have good instincts. When they've handled enough pieces, when we've pulled the books off the shelf—like when I look at Georgian pieces, I don't just go, “Oh, this George III,” or “Oh, this is George IV,” or “This is early Victorian.” They look different aesthetically in many cases, but the way the mountings are made, for instance, changes in subtle ways over a period of time. So, I'll go back to a reference book, and I'll pull out a dozen pictures from each period, say from 1740 to 1780 and then 1780 to 1800, and try and make sure to narrow it down. Some people have that in their heads. That one still hasn't stuck for me, so I always look it up to make sure. And I have a photo repository. There are many museums that allow you to take photographs. I have extensive photographs of pieces from the Treasury in Vienna because they allow photographs. I believe the British Museum has a vast collection—I don't believe; I know they have a vast collection of Victorian. They allow photographs, whereas the V&A, I don't think they do; I'm trying to remember. So, we have those resources as well. We're always trying to learn, and we take staff trips to museums. I'm hoping to take the staff on a museum tour, maybe in London at some point because there's so much to learn there. Every time I go, it reinforces what I've seen before. Sharon: Are there tours? I'm asking for a personal reason. Are there tours like you're talking about? Jeff: I think there are some jewelry tours. I want to say maybe get involved with Jewelry Week, the folks who run that. I don't know of any. We would just go on our own. I know where to go and what to look at and which dealers to visit, the rock stars of our world. Recently the Vegas Show went on, which is a dealer-only show. I was standing in a taxi line with my creative director, and we just struck up a conversation with one of the Heyman brothers from Oscar Heyman. I had no idea who he was, and we're just talking about stuff. I didn't even know he was in the jewelry world. Then he said something, and I was like, “Oh, you're at one of the shows. What do you do? Who are you with?” He said, “I'm with Oscar Heyman. I'm such-and-such Heyman,” and I said, “Oh, wow! We love your work so much. We follow you. We look at your work. You have such an amazing reputation.” They're the nicest people. He was so lovely. He looks around like he's looking for somebody and says, “Did my mother send you?” There's a group of people who are fantastically honest. I would recommend anyone to buy their jewelry, to deal with them, to use them as a resource if you have a Heyman piece. You can get in touch with them, and they will help you. They're really an example of the absolute pinnacle of an exemplary firm, and arguably maybe the most important American firm today. Sharon: I'm surprised to hear you say that you go from high to low or low to high in terms of looking at jewelry. Jeff: One of the things I wanted to talk about was all the different ways we can buy. We have so many choices today as a buyer. I think it's confusing somewhat, and some of the choices open up the opportunity to confuse people on purpose. You have dealers. You have dealers who have shops. You have dealers at shows. You have dealers who have online shops and in-person shops. You have dealers who only have online shops. You have online gateways. That's like a 1stDibs or an eBay, where dealers have their own space on these. You have flea markets, estate sales, tax sales. You have auctions in person. You have online auctions. Now, you have guaranteed preowned. You can go to Cartier and buy an estate piece guaranteed preowned like you buy a guaranteed preowned Mercedes. A number of those stores are doing that. Then you have buying from a friend, a private person, The RealReal, or Poshmark. There are places where regular people have somebody else sell their things or maybe they sell their own things. You have Facebook moms' groups. You have Facebook Marketplace. That's a lot of places to buy things, but here's the thing: the rules for how you buy are exactly the same no matter who you're buying from, and the laws that control these sales are exactly the same no matter who you buy from. That's a hard thing to remember. If you're shopping for an engagement ring, a mom who's selling her engagement ring may not want to give you a proper receipt. She might not even know she's supposed to, but she may only sort of remember what the diamond weight was. Maybe she didn't buy a diamond at all, or maybe she was given a diamond ring and it wasn't a diamond; maybe it was a Moissanite; maybe it was a synthetic diamond. All the more reason why you need a receipt. I'm not even saying that anyone is trying to do something dishonest in this situation. I'm saying that you're spending a decent little chunk of change or a big chunk of change, and you have to protect yourself. The more risk, the more careful you have to be. I'm just as careful as an ordinary buyer. I have a lot more knowledge that helps, but I'm just as careful. We buy from other dealers, obviously, all the time. There's a psychology of dealers selling to one another. Even though we're dyed-in-the-wool retailers, we still sell very specialized diamonds. We have several dealers in Europe who buy very specialized, historic pieces from us that are worth a lot more to their customers than they certainly would be to mine. It's not my specialty; it's not my niche. So, I have all the same issues buying from another dealer that a regular person might have buying through a moms' group. It's the same problems and issues, and it's the same task in terms of making sure you're getting what you think you're buying. Sharon: Do you sell a lot online? Do you notice a difference in the questions people ask? Jeff: I'm going to say off the cuff that I think there are more questions from my online buyers than from my in-person buyers. I think there are more questions, and more detailed questions. I think they're smart. The online buyer does not have the opportunity to look me in the eye, doesn't get to see where I'm standing or a sense of whether there's an exchange of information. Maybe they ask, “How long have you been in business?” “Well, we've been here in Litchfield for 26 years. We own the space we're in, so I'm hoping not to go anywhere else. This is my ideal. You'll find me here next year and hopefully in 10 years, in 20 years.” Beyond that, I'm not sure I can say any more, but I think the online buyer has to be just as wary, but perhaps in different ways. Sharon: What kinds of ways? As to the right questions? Jeff: The questions I get asked a lot: I get asked if I could send a video of the piece in natural light because they're concerned about the color. You know what? They should be. We have great photographic resources. Frequently I will decline to let my team sell a piece online because we can't get a picture that properly shows the color of a colored stone. Even though it looks right on our screens, which are calibrated, it's going to look really different on a phone. Phone screens are the best. It's going to look better on a phone than it might even look in person. It's going to look different on different screens. So, I think it's not a bad thing to ask some questions. Personally, I would call and say, “What does this look like in person? Can you describe it?” That's a frequent question, and I think it's a good one. People ask about the guarantee. You and I have discussed many times that the 10-second lecture on buying online is all about the guarantee. You have to be guaranteed that you can return something you don't like for any reason, no questions asked. Sharon: If I knew I could return something without any questions asked, I'd probably feel more comfortable, at least on some of these purchases. Jeff: I agree completely. There are many situations where you can't return pieces that are online and where you can't inspect them in person. As dealers, we can deal with having a certain amount of loss. Maybe in this particular situation, you buy from them several times a year, and maybe two or three pieces aren't right and you have to fix them. You hope to sell them for something close to what you paid and you move on. People say, “Well, it's just the cost of doing business.” As long as you feel like you're doing well overall, then O.K., that's great. But I think if you have a bad experience as a buyer, as a consumer, I would probably not go back to that situation. I would try to find some place you trust more. Sharon: That's probably good advice. Jeff, thank you so much for giving us your tips. I'm sure there are a lot more we didn't cover, but thank you very much. Jeff: You're so welcome. Sharon: We will have photos posted on the website. Please head to TheJewelryJourney.com to check them out. Thank you again for listening. Please leave us a rating and review so we can help others start their own jewelry journey.
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In this jaw-dropping episode of Hollywood Raw, your hosts Dax Holt and Adam Glyn sit down with a man who's seen it all in the underbelly of Hollywood. Kevin Blatt takes us on a rollercoaster journey through the dark side of the entertainment industry. But it doesn't stop there. Kevin Blatt has transformed himself into a Hollywood fixer, helping celebrities navigate the treacherous waters of fame. Don't miss a thing! Follow Hollywood Raw on Insta, Facebook, and Twitter. Dax Holt - Insta / Twitter Adam Glyn - Insta / Twitter This is another Hurrdat Media Production. Hurrdat Media is a podcast network and digital media production company based in Omaha, NE. Find more podcasts on the Hurrdat Media Network by going to HurrdatMedia.com or Hurrdat Media YouTube channel! (00:27) introductions (03:45) listener review (05:52) Kevin Blatt (08:53) Kevin's background (13:04) Paris Hilton (20:30) Kardashians (24:30) Cameron Diaz situation (28:12) working the OTHER side (34:51) What's the craziest sex tape? (36:45) Content that blew your mind (41:17) Royal family (49:30) Crisis PR vs Hollywood Fixer (53:38) Crisis PR clients (1:02:05) Post interview chat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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We are introducing a new episode series known as Dealer's Choice where we let distributors decide what beer we drink and they didn't disappoint on the first episode. We got 2 quality beers, one marzen and one festbier. We also detail the manhunt going on in our backyard, as well as Tom buying a German car for Marztember. Support the podcast by donating at Anchor.fm/bestbestfriendspod/support Check out the live stream at Twitch.tv/bestbestfriendspodcast Save $10 on your first box of $25 or more on Tavour with Promo Code BESTBESTFRIENDSPOD Episode Song: Helena by My Chemical Romance Biergarten (Marzen) by Tonewood Brewing Festbier (Festbier) by Dewey Brewing Co Remember to Subscribe, Rate and Review UNTAPPD - @Bestbestfriendspod INSTAGRAM - @Bestbestfriendspod FACEBOOK - @Bestbestfriendspod TWITTER - @BBFPod EMAIL - BestBestFriendsPod@gmail.com --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/bestbestfriendspod/support
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In this episode, I sit down with an innovative entrepreneur who has reshaped the way vehicle transport functions within the automotive industry. By harnessing the power of technology, Autosled's founder, Dave Sperau has developed a groundbreaking solution to address the transportation needs of OEMs and dealers. Dave, an Entrepreneur and former car dealer, candidly discusses the most pressing challenges facing OEMs and dealers in the realm of transportation. From access struggles to misallocated inventory, he sheds light on the complexities that hinder efficient vehicle shipment operations. The scarcity of used cars is an ongoing issue for dealers nationwide, and Dave provides valuable insights into what's happening. He unveils innovative solutions that enable dealers to overcome sourcing challenges and expand their market reach. By offering reliable transportation options at reasonable fees, dealers gain the freedom to explore opportunities beyond their local markets, ultimately enhancing profitability. This episode also delves into the remarkable journey of building a company that is revolutionizing vehicle transport logistics for dealers. Dave shares the problems his company successfully solves for dealers, alongside the transformative impact of his solution. Furthermore, he provides an insightful update on notable changes and developments within the business since our last podcast episode. The conversation doesn't solely revolve around dealerships; Dave emphasizes the mutual benefits of a business model that emphasizes transporter success. He also dives into how Autosled has been able to make business far easier for transporters- allowing this reliable network to grow exponentially! Understanding the pivotal role they play in the transportation process, Dave highlights the measures taken to ensure transporter satisfaction and engagement. As a result, he has built a bridge of collaboration that enhances the overall effectiveness of the entire retail vehicle transport process. Tune in to this episode as we explore the fascinating story behind this entrepreneur's journey, unravel the challenges faced by the transportation industry, and gain key insights into the future of streamlined and efficient automotive transportation. Dealer Talk with Jen Suzuki Podcast |Jennifer@edealersolution.com | 800-625-1590 |edealersolutions.com
What you'll learn in this episode: How to know when to walk away from a purchase, and how to trust your intuition when buying Why you should always ask for a detailed receipt, even if it feels awkward Commonly misunderstood phrases dealers may use to confuse buyers How Jeff does due diligence before making a purchase How to navigate the many platforms where you can purchase jewelry today About Jeff Russak Jeff Russak is principal of Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelers. Jeff's expertise in antique and 20th century jewelry combined with an uncompromising attitude toward quality, condition, and style directs the acquisition process. His proficiency in signed pieces and hallmarks is especially useful in identifying and dating each piece. In demand as a speaker on antique jewelry at museums and shows, he also volunteers as a guest appraiser for charity. Additional Resources: Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Photos Available on TheJewelryJourney.com Transcript: When it comes to buying jewelry, nothing is more important than trust. That's why Jeff Russak, principal at Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelers, won't hesitate to leave a purchase behind if his inner voice tells him something is wrong. He joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to talk about how he vets his purchases and the dealers he works with; what red flags buyers should watch out for; and why a receipt is more powerful than you might think. Read the episode transcript here. Sharon: Hello, everyone. Welcome to the Jewelry Journey Podcast. This is the first part of a two-part episode. Please make sure you subscribe so you can hear part two as soon as it's released later this week. Today, my guest is Jeff Russak, one of the principals of Lawrence Jeffrey. They are estate dealers located in Litchfield, Connecticut. Jeff has had decades of experience buying and selling. He's also extremely knowledgeable about estate jewelry. Along the way, he has learned about what a good dealer should be doing and what you should know in order not to be taken advantage of. There are lots that dealers know about good dealers that the ordinary buyer doesn't know. He will fill us in on some of that today. Jeff, welcome to the podcast. Jeff: Thank you for having me. I'm thrilled to be here. Sharon: I'm so glad to have you. This is the second time you've been on. I'm glad you decided to come back. I bought a diamond tennis bracelet several years ago—well, a long time ago—that I was told was Art Deco. Then, when I showed it to somebody else, they said, “That cut wasn't done until the 80s.” I still like the bracelet, but how could I have avoided that without knowing everything there is to know about diamonds? Jeff: That's a really great question, and it's actually kind of a complicated one. The person who looked at it did something which is very basic. They looked at the cut of the diamonds. That's one of the things I do when I'm determining the age of any piece. We look at the stones. We have a good general idea of when different cuts, for diamonds or otherwise, were established. The short answer is I think the only way you could have avoided that would have been to have a better handle on whether this dealer is expert enough to make that determination or not. That can be a hard thing to do. We've talked about how to buy, and a lot of how to buy is all about who you decide to trust. I think for the average buyer, figuring out who you trust and who you feel comfortable with is really the bottom line. I'll tell a story about one of our better clients. We didn't know this for years, but they're people who have become friends. They started buying from us when we were very new to the business. They didn't buy just jewelry, but they bought decorative arts. We didn't know it, but every single piece they bought from us was going to one of the top appraisal firms in New York and being appraised and verified. After quite a number of years, they told us this. That that was one of the reasons why they kept coming back, because everything was O.K. We passed the test for authentication and for value. Perhaps that's a bit extreme for most people, but it's certainly one way. I would say it's listening to that little voice in your head. I think today a lot of what I'd like to talk about is how I buy, because the way I buy is no different from the way I recommend that everybody buys. Of course, there are things I know that an average buyer is not going to know, but a lot of what I do is simply being a good detective and listening to that voice in my head. When the voice in my head says, “Don't buy something,” even a little bit, I just don't buy, or when the voice in my head says, “I don't know if this relationship is for me.” Maybe I think the person is a lot smarter than I am. That happens. So, how am I going to know I'm making the right connection, buying for the right price so I can present pieces to my clients for the right price? A lot of it is your instincts. Trust your instincts. It's so tempting to buy something that looks great or you've been told is great or you've been told is a good deal, but if you don't have that sense, that feeling you should, then you shouldn't. Sharon: Is that how you buy all the time or most of the time? Jeff: That is definitely part of what I do. It's a big part. We tend to make relationships, and we buy a lot from individual relationships. Some buyers are like bees who are busy pollinating every flower in the field. I think that's really funny. If that's your style, I think you should do it and you should enjoy it. That's a different risk level and a different set of rules. If find people who I really trust, people who are open and transparent with me, who answer my questions in a very forthright way, then those are the folks I go back to again and again. I have the same advice for anyone. Sharon: Are they here or are they in Europe? Are they everywhere? Jeff: They are everywhere. I have great contacts in the U.S., and I mean contacts from dealers that I might see in a flea market. I have a couple of local folks who run estate sales. One of them is the finest generalist I know. He is so incredibly smart and knowledgeable. I totally trust him. If I ask a question, he tells me what he knows and what he doesn't know. Sharon: If he or one of these people that you trust called you up and said, “I have a piece I think you'll really like. I don't know anything about it, but I think you'll really like it,” and maybe they're far away or you don't want to go, will you buy it sight unseen? Jeff: This goes back to what you and I discussed briefly. I think it's all about the return policy. Yes, I will agree to buy something, but I don't think it's sight unseen anymore. They're naturally going to send me a picture using smartphones. That technology is great, but the pictures don't always tell the whole story. Someone who's really honest doesn't have any fear of taking something back if it doesn't work for the client. I don't think there's anyone I deal with who won't take a piece back if it's not quite right for me. Sharon: It's interesting you say that. It's probably true, but I hadn't thought about it. There probably isn't anything that's sight unseen anymore with the internet and everything. We talked a little bit about receipts. Should we make sure we have the receipt? Jeff: The rules for everyone are the same. There are a lot of laws in place, mostly federal laws. Some of them are laws that relate specifically to jewelry. There are several pages of regulations, and also there are laws that simply are contract law. Your receipt is your contract. You need to ask that every piece of information is included on the receipt. Let's say you're buying a diamond ring and it's supposed to be by Cartier. You want to know that it's 18-karat gold. You want to know what the diamond grade is. You want to know about the color and clarity. I want to be clear that I'm not trying to create an environment that's very hidebound. We all understand that people do their best to approximate, but they need to be close, let's say. So, you're going to want the diamond colors and clarities, and then you're going to want it to say, “authentic Cartier” or “this ring is by Cartier.” Here's a little trick: if they say, “This ring is signed Cartier,” that doesn't mean it has to be made by Cartier. Sharon: Who is it made by? Jeff: It could be made by you and me and we got someone to engrave the word “Cartier” on it. Signed Cartier does not mean it is Cartier. It means they are guaranteeing that the word “Cartier” is on the piece. “Authentic” Cartier or “by Cartier” means that it is Cartier. There are quite a number of situations, especially online, where you do often see the phrasing “signed Tiffany,” “signed Cartier,” “signed Van Cleef & Arpels.” Now, they may fully mean that it is, but I've seen quite a number of situations where it was clear it wasn't. Sharon: You're asking for a lot; maybe a lot that people don't put on the receipt normally. Have you had any push back? Were people getting annoyed with you? Jeff: No, I think this is really simple. At my shop and at shows, I have definitely been asked to include all the information on my tag, which is all the information I've mentioned and more. People have said, “I would really like that on the receipt. Could you make sure it's on there?” I think if you get pushback, then I would decline to buy the piece no matter what. If they're someone who can't write that information on a receipt, for me, suddenly, there are alarm bells. Something is wrong. Now, maybe it's just a person who doesn't like doing that. That's possible, and they're a totally honest person, but if they don't want to put the information regarding the piece on the receipt, that's a problem. You have no recourse because your receipt does not state the proper information. Here's the deal: that contract is forever. People will tell you you can't return things. People will tell you, “Oh, that was two years ago. That's expired.” If it says 10 carats of diamonds and it's only five carats, you can return it. You can return it tomorrow. You can return it in five years. Your grandchildren can return it in a hundred years. That's a contract that has to be accurate. It doesn't matter. It could be tractor parts. Sharon: It's easier for you. If I see a piece and I have fallen in love with it—if you want it, you overlook a lot, whereas you can say no to a lot and pick out one where you think the person is trustworthy. Is it easier for you? Jeff: I think you're making a good point. I made some notes before we started. Here's what I wrote about this: this is how I buy, but there are various rules. Let's just say we've discussed them. If I think I should start spouting the law, I remind myself to zip it and just move on. There's lots and lots to buy. It's not my job to tell people what the law is. It's not my job, except on this podcast. The thing I'm not comfortable with is when someone skirts the law and won't make a proper contract. If you were buying a house and they refused to get a survey, I would say, “Hey, something's up.” I think it's reasonable to ask for a proper receipt, always, and it doesn't matter whether it's Walmart or Sotheby's or any number of famous dealers I can name all over the country. It's perfectly fine, and anyone who is selling things in an honest way won't have any problem with that. If it is what they say it is, why not write it? This shouldn't be any issue. I understand it's uncomfortable. Sharon: I'd rather somebody tell me, “I don't know,” than guess and say, “I don't know what it is. I don't what it's made of,” that sort of thing. Jeff: That's a great point. I would much rather people tell me, “I don't know.” But here's the thing: the “I don't know” price should be half of the “I think it's a sapphire” price, or maybe a quarter. “I don't know” means the price should be falling, falling, falling. If you say, “Oh, this is a beautiful turquoise necklace,” is it natural turquoise or is it reconstituted? Now, by law, they're required to tell you. If they say, “I don't know,” the law then requires you to insist they find out. Once again, it's uncomfortable. If they say, “I don't know,” chances are you really should just walk away. Let's say this gorgeous turquoise necklace is gold. It's got all of these stones, and it's $12,000. Well, $12,000 is a lot in my world. Maybe it's not that much money to other people, but “I don't know” doesn't go together for me. Sharon: That's interesting. I'm coming from the items I bought when I started getting into jewelry. Now I know a little bit more. For instance, there are people who seem to have a natural affinity for detail I don't have. They can tell. I'm thinking of a girlfriend who once said, “That's not an Art Deco. That's an Edwardian piece.” It was, and I thought it was Art Deco. I thought she was ridiculous. Jeff: I think it's amazing when people know. There are lots of people who are so good at that. I think as a buyer, you should—I'll go back to what I said in the beginning. You find someone who you trust and who's going to explain to you what you're buying, and who will rely that on the receipt and who wants to have an ongoing relationship with you. If you have a problem, they will sort that problem out. Look, Jeff Russak at Lawrence Jeffrey is not made of sold gold. He does not have a brain the size of a Volkswagen. We make mistakes. When we make mistakes, we have to fix them. That's the way it is. Sharon: I've heard the phrase, “Somebody has a dealer's eye.” Do you think there's such a thing as a dealer's eye? Jeff: I think there is. I think what that refers to is someone who just knows when something is a good deal. I have a customer. When I get a piece I know is a good deal, that we bought well and the retail price is a great price, I tease her and say, “You're like a hound. You can smell the jewelry, that there's a deal.” I think that's totally true, absolutely. Sharon: That's interesting. Well, I certainly don't have that. If a display case says that all the gems or stones inside are certified, what does that mean? Jeff: That actually doesn't mean anything at all. It's meaningless. This is where we need to start being detectives. The question is certified by whom? Sharon: Well, who can certify them? Jeff: People often think it's a government agency, or they think, for instance, that it's a lab like the GIA, or they think the dealer is certifying. A dealer who's smart, who's on the up and up, isn't going to certify anything. Certifying means you agree that the information is true. Most appraisals, for instance, are very careful to have at the end something that says, “We've done our best job to approximate, to use our knowledge to establish what things are,” and then when they say, “I duly sign,” or “I hereby certify,” all they're certifying is that the signature is theirs. They're not certifying the information. They're saying, “We've done our best job.” They probably have, and the information is probably correct, but certifying is different. Like at the GIA, when you study to become a gemologist, they wrap your knuckles with a ruler if you say certificate or certify. They don't certify things. They produce laboratory reports. It's a report, not a certificate. It doesn't certify anything. It is a laboratory process they have performed to the best of their abilities, which is pretty darn good. Sharon: We will have photos posted on the website. Please head to TheJewelryJourney.com to check them out.
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We're starting Monday off right as we remember the heroes that made us stronger. We also bring some updates on the UAW negotiations, Toyota's annual dealer meeting, as well as Ford getting cozier with Apple.UAW Strike SENTIMENT TRACKER… Last week “Insulting” was the word UAW President Shawn Fain used to describe the offer that GM slid across the table at 16%. On Friday we ticked down a notch to “deeply inadequate” as Fain addressed the Stellantis offer of 14.5%.This comes as the September 14th contract deadline is only days away and negotiations seem to be in full swing across all of Detroit's Big 3Stellantis announced they'll provide employees with $10,500 bonuses tied to inflation, with $6,000 distributed in the deal's first year.Regarding the cost of living increases (COLA): Fain quipped, ““That's not COLA; that's not even diet COLA,” Fain quipped. “That's Coke Zero.”Over 1,200 enthusiastic Dealer attendees are gearing up for the Toyota National Dealer Meeting this week in Las Vegas from Sept. 12-14. This annual event promises excitement, especially with Toyota celebrating its best retail sales month in nearly two years and the recent launch of the Tacoma and Land Cruiser vehicles.Toyota has been slower than other OEMs in its approach to EVs, and David Christ, the group VP and GM said, “I think the general feedback from our dealers on our approach to electrification has been extremely positive. I feel that they like the approach. Most dealers (are multi-franchise) and dealers have communicated to us that they like the ability at Toyota to give their customers choices. They like the direction our powertrains are going as far as (fuel) economy, horsepower, torque and the drivability aspects. And, honestly, they are telling us to keep going with our approach.”The meeting also marks the one-year anniversary of the introduction of the company's SmartPath tool. Toyota designed the platform to bridge the gap between online and in-person shopping, attempting to offer customers a seamless transition from digital browsing to the dealership experience, and highlighting Toyota's commitment to modernizing the car-buying journey.As GM gets ready to pluck Apple from their EV lineup, Ford is taking a bigger bite as they announce that the F-150 Lightning will integrate Apple Maps EV routing by year's end. Apple Maps EV routing offers detailed navigation based on the car's charge, including charging stops, estimated charge upon arrival, and rerouting to the nearest station if charge gets too low.The advanced navigation feature will optimize routes based on vehicle charge, with a Q4 2023 rollout anticipated.Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle MountsierGet the Daily Push Back email at https://www.asotu.com/ JOIN the conversation on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/asotu/ Read our most recent email at: https://www.asotu.com/media/push-back-email ASOTU Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/automotivestateoftheunion
With the launch of Cox Automotive's new learning series with the same title, Chrisey O'Hara, VP of Dealer Sales for AutoTrader and Kelley Blue Book and Josh Lang, Senior Product Consultant, Dealer.com give us a taste of what dealers will be learning when they tune in. To register for the new series go to: b2b.autotrader.com
Join us this week as we salute our Patrons and Supporters of the show! Those in the Private Patreon Facebook group have been given instructions to bombard that group with topics of discussion, which we will randomly choose and get through as much as we can in a 5-minute window! It will be a show selected by those who supported our efforts all these years! SO THANK YOU!
Ready to uncover the untold truth about why young men aren't flocking to trade schools? In our latest episode, we shatter the myths, expose the financial hurdles, and reveal the secrets to balancing work, housing, and education. It's not just about hesitation – it's about access and real challenges and exploring solutions for a brighter future in vocational education.Links to the featured articles/videos:https://youtube.com/shorts/qY917_ltVT8?si=azrOMJYQrUQw7ncB https://www.skilledtradescollege.ca/Grab a copy of my book:https://partsmanagerpro.gumroad.com/l/qtqax"The Parts Manager Guide" - https://www.amazon.com/Parts-Manager-Guide-Strategies-Maximize-ebook/dp/B09S23HQ1P/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3UZYOGZJUNJ9K&keywords=parts+manager+guide&qid=1644443157&sprefix=parts+manager+guid%2Caps%2C244&sr=8-4Please remember to like, share and leave your comments.Videos are uploaded weekly.Visit my website for more! https://www.partsmanagerprof.com/For the full video you can find it here on my YouTube channel: Debunking Trade School Myths for Young MenIf you want me to continue making videos like these, please donate to our paypal account: paypal.me/partsmanagerproFair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. No copyright infringement intended. ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS* This video is for educational and entertainment purposes only.
The new digital/mobile California IDs and drivers licenses are available and Kap attempts to download it while he's on the air. LeBron's agent Rich Paul said LeBron was way more scrutinized than Michael Jordan was and that because of that, it changes the “GOAT” debate. The crew plays a game of Big Deal - Or No Deal? Dealer's Choice! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Are the Raiders over or underrated heading into the season? ESPN thinks they'll win 7.5 games and the guys debate if they agree or disagree. Is a cheese pizza a baseline for a good pizza place? What is the best food item to judge a sushi place on? Plus, should the Rams tank for Caleb Williams? The crew plays a game of Big Deal - Or No Deal? Dealer's Choice! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Join us in uncovering a pressing issue within the world of electric vehicles that goes beyond aesthetics. Have you ever wondered why EVs are gaining weight despite efforts to keep them light? Explore this post to unravel the increasing weight challenge, from batteries that rival small cars to the astonishing transformation of iconic vehicles like the Ford F-150.Dive into how these extra pounds impact not only safety but also the environment, with real-world consequences. Don't miss a glimpse of hope on the horizon as we delve into potential solutions. Buckle up for an electrifying journey through the world of EVs that underscores safety and environmental preservation as top priorities.Link to the featured article: https://www.autonews.com/manufacturing/growing-weight-evs-causing-pollution-and-safety-problemsGrab a copy of my book: https://partsmanagerpro.gumroad.com/l/qtqax"The Parts Manager Guide" - https://www.amazon.com/Parts-Manager-Guide-Strategies-Maximize-ebook/dp/B09S23HQ1P/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3UZYOGZJUNJ9K&keywords=parts+manager+guide&qid=1644443157&sprefix=parts+manager+guid%2Caps%2C244&sr=8-4Please remember to like, share and leave your comments.Videos are uploaded weekly.Visit my website for more! https://www.partsmanagerprof.com/For the full video you can find it here on my YouTube Channel: Heavier EVs Ruining Our RoadsIf you want me to continue making videos like these, please donate to our paypal account: paypal.me/partsmanagerproFair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. No copyright infringement intended. ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS* This video is for educational and entertainment purposes only.Electric Vehicles Weight Challenge, EV Weight Issues, Automotive Weight Concerns, Electric Vehicle Safety, Environmental Impact of EVs, Heavy Electric Vehicles, Battery Weight in EVsFord F-150 Transformation, Electric Vehicle Innovations, Safety in Electric Cars, Reducing EV Weight, Sustainable Transportation, Green Automotive Technology, Carbon Footprint of EVsLithium Iron Phosphate Batteries, Electric Vehicle Performance, Future of Automotive IndustryEnvironmental Sustainability, Over-Engineering in EVs, Electric Vehicle Efficiency
MIP #390 Presented By Tractor Zoom - The Numbers Are Growing!Andy Campbell Is back on the show, and we are talking auction results. The number of machines that have been through auction over the last 2-3 months has grown. So have the Number Class 8 Combines and Row Crop Tractors on Dealer Listing Sites and Dealer lots.Click To Listenhttps://www.spreaker.com/user/9810017/mip-390-presetned-by-tractor-zoom-the-nuClick To Watch:https://youtu.be/f4BaSgPjIyIPresented By @TractorZoomMusic By: @TalbottBrothersCo-host: Aaron Fintel @AaronfintelHost: Casey Seymour @casey9673#AgEquipmentBusinessTalk #LetsGoMoveSomeIron Contact me @:MovingIronLLC.comMovingIronPodcast@MovingIronPodcast.com
Join us for Tint Wizdom #167 with our special guest Tim Ham, founder of Felony Film PPF in Atlanta, Georgia. Felony Film was listed as the top grossing PPF company in the country by PPF Magazine, with over $4,000,000 in sales in 2022. Felony Film has also repeatedly earned the title of XPEL's Dealer of the Year for Georgia.
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This special episode features return-guest-but-more-co-host Deb Klowden Mann to discuss the recent New Yorker profile of mega-dealer Larry Gagosian. Deb starts us off by updating us on her closing of her eponymous gallery due to multiple health issues, which made the work unsustainable. We follow that update with our discussion of the article, including: Our respective histories with Gagosian and/or his collectors mentioned in the article; how Gagosian's decision to allow the profile may be because it humanizes him to the audience, but also, as Deb proposes, to make him and the gallery more appealing to younger artists they could possibly take on; Deb sites a book from the early ‘80s, “The Art Dealers: The Powers Behind the Scene Tell How the Art World Really Works,” which illustrates how when it comes to collectors treating art as investments, it's been happening for nearly 200 years; how the funding that goes to high-priced artworks sometimes comes from the same people who fund grants/grant foundations, Deb suggests, and she advocates for a more transparent, as well as more evenly distributed financial model for the art world(s); Gagosian's gallery courtship of the English artist Issy Wood, and what that scenario points to as far as his courtship process, the future of the gallery and his legacy plans, and the vulnerability apparent in that dynamic; Deb's desire for more really well researched and written pieces (like this one by Patrick Radden Keefe) about how everything works in the art world; and finally, Deb brings up the book The Art of Death as a counterpoint to one's amassing of power and wealth to stave off mortality, because in many cultures up until the 1800's, one of the main functions of art was in fact to help people understand death as part of life and prepare them for it.
Discover a pressing concern that demands our attention: the reluctance of young men to embrace skilled trades. As we navigate through history's rich tapestry, we confront the pivotal role these trades have played in shaping our civilization. Today, we confront the stark reality—garages and workshops echo with the absence of new blood, and it's a challenge that resonates.Five key reasons unfold, from societal pressures to digital allure. Yet, the call to action resounds—the benefits of skilled trades extend beyond individuals, driving economies and forging sustainable landscapes. Join us in this enlightening exploration as we untangle the threads, urging young men to seize the transformative power of skilled trades.
Producer Lindsey and Laura throw out the idea of a 710 sidewalk sale and try to figure out what to do with all of their new clothes and shoes they want to sell or donate. The guys talk some actual sports, including the Dodgers and their chances to win the division. The crew plays a game of Big Deal - Or No Deal? Dealer's Choice! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The “what you need to know” about Timbaland and Justin Timberlake producing music for Monday Night Football prompts a conversation about music, being hip, and pop culture knowledge. More on Beto's drink for the golf outing - and Producer Lindsey puts out a BOLO for a llama to rent for the outing. The crew plays a game of Big Deal - Or No Deal? Dealer's Choice! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We're back this week with The Roundup, where we dissect some of the biggest headlines that have been causing a stir over the last weeks in the art world and beyond. This week, Europe editor Kate Brown is joined by International art critic Ben Davis and Wet Paint gossip columnist Annie Armstrong to discuss three headline-making stories. At the top of the list is the very dramatic goings on at the British Museum in London, where a curator is under investigation for stealing what might be somewhere around 2,000 objects from the collection and the ripple effect its had on the international art community stretching from China to Africa, and ultimately resulted in the stunning resignation of director Hartwig Fischer. Next up is a conversation about an intriguing development in the United States court system, where a computer scientist made a bid to secure a copyright registration for an artwork that was made by A.I. that has been summarily been shot down. Finally, on a lighter note, the trio heads over to the tony enclave of the Hamptons to Montauk, a typically quiet town that's in the midst of an art world dust up. A turf war involving Andy Warhol's former estate and a physical altercation between two art dealers, Max Levai and Adam Lindemann, that has proved to be one of the juiciest stories of the season.
Producer Lindsey brings up Taylor Swift's new Spotify record, and the crew weighs in on Spotify's songs of the summer. Can someone have a side “piece” if they don't have a “main piece." The crew plays a game of Big Deal - Or No Deal? Dealer's Choice! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's Tuesday time, and we're talking about the industry's EV ongoings from Tesla's court dates, one Dealer's EV Bootcamp, and a little good natured ribbing from one automaker to another. Tesla is set to defend itself in its first trial involving an Autopilot fatality, a crucial test for CEO Elon Musk and the technology he promotes. The first of two trials, scheduled for mid-September in a California state court, will scrutinize a 2019 crash where a Tesla Model 3 veered off a highway, struck a palm tree, and burst into flames, resulting in the death of the owner and serious injuries to two passengers.Tesla denied liability for both accidents, blaming driver error and stating that Autopilot is safe when monitored by humans. Internal emails may reveal what Musk and other officials knew about Autopilot's capabilities and deficiencies. The company clearly stated "There are no self-driving cars on the road today."Another unique point of the case is that it positions Musk as the leader of the engineering team behind the Autopilot technology, challenging his reputation as an engineering leader. This highlights Musk's direct involvement and potential accountability in the development and deployment of the Autopilot system.Late last week Elon Musk's livestream of a drive using Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta v12 was underwhelming due to poor video quality and operational flaws, including driving in the wrong lane and trying to pass a red light. Despite Musk's previous hype and over 10 million views, the video did not successfully showcase the FSD v12's effectiveness, highlighting ongoing challenges with Tesla's self-driving technology.As the emergence of more and more EVs continues, many progressive Dealers are leaning into the trend preparing themselves, their teams, and their communities for whatever is in store. One Dealer at the forefront is Liza Borches, owner of Carter Myers Automotive, a 23+ store group headquartered in Charlottesville, VA who executed a great idea last week…an EV BootcampIn what we'll consider a nod to some great trucks, a Tesla Cybertruck was spotted with a wrap resembling a Toyota Tundra, following a previous instance of a Cybertruck wrapped to look like a Ford F-150. Is Tesla trolling competitors, testing wraps, or innocently camouflaging the vehicle before its official launch?CEO Elon Musk has previously expressed frustration with traditional pickup truck designs and justified the radical design of the Cybertruck. The Toyota Tundra is one of the bestselling pickups in the US, selling about 100,000 units per year.Although Tesla has rarely used camouflage or wraps on prototype vehicles, it has been using wraps on the Cybertruck more frequently. A wrap is the only way to get a different color on the stainless steel body of the vehicle, and it remains unclear whether Tesla will offer factory wraps or let third parties take over the market. Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle MountsierGet the Daily Push Back email at https://www.asotu.com/ JOIN the conversation on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/asotu/ Read our most recent email at: https://www.asotu.com/media/push-back-email ASOTU Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/automotivestateoftheunion
Can you believe Los Angeles isn't the worst city with the worst traffic? Congratulations to El Segundo Little League who won the championship! The guys discuss how some NBA players don't care for the fame that comes with being a star. Producer Laura's rejoin of the day highlights what many of the crew loves to do after the show and some more than others and did Beto invite producer Funches to a Dodger game? Plus, the crew plays a game of Big Deal - Or No Deal? Dealer's Choice! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today is a poker room review episode. I will be reviewing Win! derby in St Petersburg Florida, also known as Derby Lane. This poker podcast is specifically designed for the 1/2 or 1/3 low limit cash game player. Whether this be your local home game or poker room. I tailor the content of my poker coaching specifically to you the low stakes poker player. Want to guarantee I continue to crank out high quality poker advice specifically for 1/2 and 1/3 no limit players every Sunday? Consider becoming a “fan of the podcast.” As a thank you, I'll give all fans of the pod an extra private episode every month. You can also check out my full blown Advanced poker training designed specifically to teach you how to crush 1/2 and 1/3 poker. The is also a private coaching option as well: https://lowlimitcashgames.com Want more details on everything that is offered with the training package on Patreon? I go into great detail about it all here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/... Don't want to do the whole Patreon thing but want to just leave me a tip? They are much appreciated and you can do that here. https://www.paypal.me/brettmas... The best way to ramp your game up and know how to play any hand in any spot by drilling it over and over again: https://advancedpokertraining.... Use code: lowlimit For 25% discount Recap of todays episode. Derby lane, Win! Derby Tall tables, big tables. 9 comfortable Good dealers (Randall) Good food 1/3 prime $200 to $1500 7 +3 rake $3 JP 1@ 10, 20, 30 $7 Rk 1@ 5,15,25,35,45,55,65 $1 JP is just for prime tables. Any quads you get instant pay $500 The other $2 JP puts you also in for room high hand promotions which were good every day i was there. All drinks free, even alcoholic You accumulate $3 rake back which you can claim for food at 5 hours. So $15 food voucher When you log 50 hours a month you get $500 cash redeemable the following month I've done some math and these comes out better than the 6/2 rake at a lot of poker rooms in Florida with the kick backs. Especially if you normally eat food while you okay. It's way better than rooms like Jacksonville that take a piece even if there isn't a drop which is egregious. Derby is no flop no drop. You are encouraged to play solid tight aggressive poker because of the rake. And play bigger pots. Consider a $35 pot 7 will come out. That's 23% To get the full rake to reasonable you'd need a $200 pot at which point they are taking 5%. I founds this wasn't a problem as my $25 raises over one or two limpers was usually called by a couple of players. I found that most players played at least $500 and higher with the occasional &200 stack sitting in. I didn't play the 1/2 game but a dealer was explaining it to a player at the table. 1/2 has an instant high hand payout as well for quads but it's only $150. If you have logged 60 hours that month and you hit then you get double. $300. No free drinks. No food comps. Cons. Win! derby. What a name lol Chips are horrible. 5 different designs and colors. Several days with 8, and 10 tables only one waitress. Took forever to get drink orders. Jessica was amazing tho. She did a 14 hour shift one day and I was there entire 14 hours and she worked her ass off. Charge you for the entire meal if you just order the protein with no sides. My first two days I ordered only the chicken or the fish no sides they cut a small discount. The last day , Jessica the same waitress , said I put it in as $8.95 and they put it though but said to tell you from now own you pay the full meal price of $16 for the meal. Even if you only get the meat. Way to nickel and dime people. But it's not just them. Lots of rooms do this. But for the record. It's dumb. Cut carnivores a break. It's less work for cooks and less food you are sending out. One person can over ride bomb pot during promo hours. Staff cleared our entire table one day with transfers. Didn't pay high hand because floor didn't make it to table until 2 minutes after high hand period ended. Dealer confirmed it happened before. Unacceptable
One price, fixed price, haggle free, only benefit the dealer Part 1 and part 2 used review Make a quality segment chart The one price stories There are no special deals just special methods Why are one price techniques uesd Cut the dealer ‘s expenses Enhance the profits It's not about customer satisfaction 2+2 is not 5 No haggling does not mean a good price Ho Hum prices at best Shorter sales process, longer F&I time Don't let your guard down for a second Negotiating is better for the customer and their satisfaction One price gives a dealer higher profits as a whole No matter what they say, haggle anyway, or move on
The guys started the last hour of the show reacting to ESPN Marcus Spears' comments about LA Chargers QB Justin Herbert. Also, Sedano and Kap argue about how relevent the NY Jets will be, as Sedano thinks they will be very bad and Kap thinks they will be a good team with Aaron Rodgers. And, on "Big Deal, No Deal," the rise of A.I. taking over local newspapers. Then, a little "Dealer's Choice" with Kappy ranting about his nickname. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kap gets philosophical about life after hearing more from Kobe Bryant on Mamba Day. After Producer Laura plays Babyface for the Rejoin Of The Day, it prompts a conversation about Dirty Dancing and the quote “Nobody puts Baby in a corner,” which Kap is trying to use as new phrase? The crew plays a game of Big Deal - Or No Deal? Dealer's Choice! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Speaking of documentaries, Kap asks Beto if he's been watching Season 2 of Winning Time - and wonders why the show is airing in August… Is anyone watching it? Kap goes into detail about how Hurricane Hilary tripped his fire and carbon monoxide alarm yesterday and what he did to stop it. The crew plays a game of Big Deal - Or No Deal? Dealer's Choice! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices