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Computers — I love ’em and I hate ’em. What do I love? Now that we have point-of-sale software, what computers have done for jewelers has been incredible. They tell us how fast inventory moves, what to re-order, how much salespeople are selling and their average tickets.

Unfortunately, computers can also be sale-killers. Unfortunately, computers can also be sale-killers. Let me explain. When a salesperson sells an item, he spins around and goes straight to the computer to type in the customer’s name, address, and the strand of pearls the customer just purchased. Then, he puts the pearls in a box, and off the customer goes.

When you go to the computer, what you’re actually telling the customer is, “We’re finished.” This kills almost any chance at an add-on sale. It eliminates further conversation about the item or any other jewelry. Worst of all, it can make your client feel rushed if she wasn’t ready to leave, and pre-judged because you don’t think she can afford to buy more. Because there’s no add-on sale, the average ticket is lower. Inventory doesn’t move as fast. There’s less profit.

New technology has given us a lot of things, but we need to get back to the old-fashioned jewelry store when it comes to sales receipts.

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You should have beautiful, classy sales receipts printed up on nice carbon-copy paper featuring your logo and the colors of your store. You can have lines for writing the customer’s name, phone number, spouse’s name, birthday, anniversary and more. Then, you have lots of lines below for writing information about the sale.

Here’s how to add on to sales by using what’s called “the open-ticket method.” When you sell the first item, write it up on the printed sales receipt there on the counter — all the specifics on the strand of pearls. Then, take the sales receipt, slide it to your left and tilt it. This is the customer’s right, so they can see what you’ve written. The pen is right on top of the ticket, paused. Without you saying a word, it means, “We’re not done yet.”

Now you use a lead-in line. Tell the customer you have the pearl earrings to match the strand they just bought (for more examples of lead-in lines, see my column in instore’s November 2003 issue).

If you keep selling, customers keep buying (conversely, when you quit, they quit). The sales receipt allows you to write up many add-ons — pearl earrings, pearl bracelet, pearl ring, etc. The customer will tell you when she’s finished. If you keep selling, customers keep buying (conversely, when you quit, they quit).

Using the open-ticket method leaves time for conversation, and to discover anything else the customer might want. When the customer sees the first item written down, she’s mentally bought it — but the sale isn’t finished.

Once the sale is finished, then you can go to the computer and type in the information. Don’t get rid of your computers — I love them. But let’s not use them to kill the add-on.

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Shane Decker has provided sales training for more than 3,000 stores worldwide. Contact him at (317) 535-8676 or at ex-sell-ence.com.

This story is from the December 2009 edition of INSTORE.

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Bring back the age-old paper receipt, and start making more add-on sales.

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Add On To Your Sales

Computers — I love ’em and I hate ’em. What do I love? Now that we have point-of-sale software, what computers have done for jewelers has been incredible. They tell us how fast inventory moves, what to re-order, how much salespeople are selling and their average tickets.

Unfortunately, computers can also be sale-killers. Unfortunately, computers can also be sale-killers. Let me explain. When a salesperson sells an item, he spins around and goes straight to the computer to type in the customer’s name, address, and the strand of pearls the customer just purchased. Then, he puts the pearls in a box, and off the customer goes.

When you go to the computer, what you’re actually telling the customer is, “We’re finished.” This kills almost any chance at an add-on sale. It eliminates further conversation about the item or any other jewelry. Worst of all, it can make your client feel rushed if she wasn’t ready to leave, and pre-judged because you don’t think she can afford to buy more. Because there’s no add-on sale, the average ticket is lower. Inventory doesn’t move as fast. There’s less profit.

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New technology has given us a lot of things, but we need to get back to the old-fashioned jewelry store when it comes to sales receipts.

You should have beautiful, classy sales receipts printed up on nice carbon-copy paper featuring your logo and the colors of your store. You can have lines for writing the customer’s name, phone number, spouse’s name, birthday, anniversary and more. Then, you have lots of lines below for writing information about the sale.

Here’s how to add on to sales by using what’s called “the open-ticket method.” When you sell the first item, write it up on the printed sales receipt there on the counter — all the specifics on the strand of pearls. Then, take the sales receipt, slide it to your left and tilt it. This is the customer’s right, so they can see what you’ve written. The pen is right on top of the ticket, paused. Without you saying a word, it means, “We’re not done yet.”

Now you use a lead-in line. Tell the customer you have the pearl earrings to match the strand they just bought (for more examples of lead-in lines, see my column in instore’s November 2003 issue).

If you keep selling, customers keep buying (conversely, when you quit, they quit). The sales receipt allows you to write up many add-ons — pearl earrings, pearl bracelet, pearl ring, etc. The customer will tell you when she’s finished. If you keep selling, customers keep buying (conversely, when you quit, they quit).

Using the open-ticket method leaves time for conversation, and to discover anything else the customer might want. When the customer sees the first item written down, she’s mentally bought it — but the sale isn’t finished.

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Once the sale is finished, then you can go to the computer and type in the information. Don’t get rid of your computers — I love them. But let’s not use them to kill the add-on.

Shane Decker has provided sales training for more than 3,000 stores worldwide. Contact him at (317) 535-8676 or at ex-sell-ence.com.

This story is from the December 2009 edition of INSTORE.

Continue Reading
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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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