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#414: Pricing Table Topics: 8 of Diamonds – Some Buyers Only Consider One Alternative Even in Competitive Markets

This one is the 8 of Diamonds from the Selling Value card deck. 

Let’s say that you are in a marketplace where people almost always decide between your product and competitor’s products. Gee, could I think of some? How about an automobile, right? You happen to be the Audi dealer and somebody is, somebody just crashed their car and we think they’re going to walk into our Audi dealership.

In our mind we’re thinking, Hey, they’re not only looking at us, but they’re also looking at BMW or Mercedes or Lexus or Porsche, right? There’s lots of different places where they might be go looking at my competitive alternatives. And so as a salesperson, I might be thinking, Ohh, I’ve got to sell against all of these other problems, or all of these other competitive alternatives.

On the other hand, it is very possible that somebody walks into our showroom and isn’t going to consider a competitive alternative. They walk into our showroom because somebody told them that we are the best product, we’re the best dealership, and they should go buy a product from us. And they’re not even going to go look at somebody else.

“People are going to buy from us because we solve their problem, not because we’re cheaper than a competitor.”

– Mark Stiving

Or maybe they walked into our showroom because they’ve owned three Audis in the past. They’re an Audi loyalist. And they’re going to come in and buy another Audi from us because that’s what they drive. That’s who they identify as. 

There are lots of reasons why people might choose to just buy your product. What we want to do is think about, what are those different situations? What are those different mindsets where people might just be looking at our product and not a competitive alternative? And the reason this is so important is because when we can recognize those reasons, we don’t have to give big discounts.

People are going to buy from us because we solve their problem, not because we’re cheaper than a competitor. 

We hope you enjoyed this example of Pricing Table Topics. What you just heard was done without a script. If you want to get better at speaking about pricing and value, grab a deck of our cards, pick a card, read the saying, then talk for one to two minutes about what that card says. You’ll become a better speaker and expert.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email me, [email protected]

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