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#4483493 - 08/09/17 09:40 AM Sales Gimmicks
MotoTribologist Offline


Registered: 02/03/16
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Loc: NJ, USA
I am planning on writing a new article about common sales gimmicks and gimmicky "testers" in shops like the Falex one armed bandit and the table top gear cranker. I'd like some insight from others as well so I don't miss any good ones though. So I wanted to know if anyone had any:

- Favorite preposterous claims you've heard or "performance" displays you've seen?
- Any "tests" or things told to you that got you to try a product but in hindsight was nuts?
- Any crazy things the guy behind the parts counter told you just to make a sale that you knew was completely false?

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#4483509 - 08/09/17 09:54 AM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: MotoTribologist]
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Right........so back on topic. Anyone?

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#4483512 - 08/09/17 09:57 AM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: MotoTribologist]
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The label on the side of Castrol Magnatec where one can rub their finger across it to feel what using Magnatec clinging molecules will do for your engine.


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#4483519 - 08/09/17 10:01 AM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: BigD1]
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Originally Posted By: BigD1
The label on the side of Castrol Magnatec where one can rub their finger across it to feel what using Magnatec clinging molecules will do for your engine.

Ooooh, I've never heard of that one before! That's worth looking into. Thanks thumbsup

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#4483522 - 08/09/17 10:03 AM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: MotoTribologist]
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Here is a better picture of it. It says see the difference, but you can feel the difference too.



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#4483537 - 08/09/17 10:17 AM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: MotoTribologist]
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My favorite is the Lucas displays that parts counters used to have for gear oil. They had two sides with plastic gears in them and you cranked the little handle like a model T and it would show the Lucas staying on the gears and the other competitors gear oil was basically water and would come right back to the bottom.
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#4483543 - 08/09/17 10:23 AM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: WiskyBadger]
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Originally Posted By: ChevyBadger
My favorite is the Lucas displays that parts counters used to have for gear oil. They had two sides with plastic gears in them and you cranked the little handle like a model T and it would show the Lucas staying on the gears and the other competitors gear oil was basically water and would come right back to the bottom.


My favorite is the 4 Ball Wear Test. It looks a bit more impressive than the Lucas display, but it's just as meaningless with regard to engine oil.
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#4483545 - 08/09/17 10:25 AM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: MotoTribologist]
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I remember a old infomercial for a oil treatment where they would drain the oil, remove the oil pan and spray the crank with a fire hose while the engine was running.

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#4483546 - 08/09/17 10:25 AM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: MotoTribologist]
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One I feel got me was at the tint shop. They have a display with a sliding piece of glass with two different types of tint showing the heat rejection of their expensive tint with a heat lamp. I paid$500 for my Mazda to be tinted. I should have known that if it sits long enough, with either tint the car still gets hot as [censored]. At least it came with lifetime warranty...
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#4483567 - 08/09/17 10:45 AM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: MotoTribologist]
Neely97 Offline


Registered: 06/13/06
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Loc: Texas
I googled the lucas gear display and much to my surprise it can be bought on amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Lucas-Oil-Demonstrator-Display-10500/dp/B004QPDVHO
The perfect gift for a nervous BITOG guy.

Sorry, didn't mean to side drift the thread.
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#4483581 - 08/09/17 11:00 AM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: MotoTribologist]
Neely97 Offline


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Back on subject.
Go to the Slick50 web site , you will get your belly full of amazing claims.
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#4483586 - 08/09/17 11:05 AM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: BigD1]
4WD Offline


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Easy now - at $10/jug it was clinging to my fingers and now my OPE and sons 3.6 Dodge
I'm not sure about that claim - but it does turn in good results... cool


Edited by 4WD (08/09/17 11:06 AM)

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#4483635 - 08/09/17 12:03 PM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: Neely97]
jeff78 Offline


Registered: 06/06/17
Posts: 132
Loc: New York
Originally Posted By: Neely97
I googled the lucas gear display and much to my surprise it can be bought on amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Lucas-Oil-Demonstrator-Display-10500/dp/B004QPDVHO


LOL when I clicked on it I get that 'Select your vehicle' bar at the top. I'm glad Amazon cares enough about me as a customer to make sure the Lucas oil demonstrator fits my vehicle.

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#4483650 - 08/09/17 12:14 PM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: MotoTribologist]
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Don't forget the STP screwdriver test..


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#4483693 - 08/09/17 01:04 PM Re: Sales Gimmicks [Re: E150GT]
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Registered: 10/20/05
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Loc: Atlanta
Originally Posted By: E150GT
One I feel got me was at the tint shop. They have a display with a sliding piece of glass with two different types of tint showing the heat rejection of their expensive tint with a heat lamp. I paid$500 for my Mazda to be tinted. I should have known that if it sits long enough, with either tint the car still gets hot as [censored]. At least it came with lifetime warranty...


3M Crystalline?

The demonstration may be a little gimmicky, but the tint works.
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