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What to say and when to say itA repair customer comes to you complaining about the four other stores where she went for a quote. You know what the problem is and that fixing it won’t be cheap. Start to break this news by saying:  
 
?Now that you’ve already been softened up …? 
 
WHY? It’s funny, real, and puts your pricing into perspective relative to the customer’s recent experiences. But say it with a smile ? and genuine compassion. 
source: Michelle Nichols, BusinessWeek 

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