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Selling Copiers in the Seventies


Last week I was uploading some older CD's to ITunes, when I came across one of my favorite CD aka Albums by one of my favorite bands. 

The Rolling Stones with "Sucking in the Seventies" was a compilation album that was released in 1981. All of the songs on the album were performed or written in the Seventies.

I had my epiphany that there really isn't that much on the web about what it was like to sell copiers in the seventies.  Actually, I don't think I've ever read anything about selling copiers in the seventies. 

I started in 1980 as a technician, moved to sales in 1981 and I heard the stories about those that came before me.  One of those stories, was that there was so much money to be made, that most successful sales people all had very expensive silk suites.  Sounds kinda funny now, but that story was the lure that kept my nose to the grindstone to make the bucks.

Wouldn't it be a great idea to have an interview with those that sold copiers during that decade? In addition, it would be awesome to get that content on the web so that it is archived forever. 

Over the last two weeks, I've been able to put together a short list of seven people in the industry and all have agreed to take part in the interviews over the next few weeks.  Selling Copiers in the Seventies will be a compilation of blogs similar to compilation of songs from the Rolling Stones.  My plan is to post one of these blogs each week for the next ten weeks.

A few of the questions that we'll be asking:

  • What was your compensation plan like?  Was it straight commissions, a salary, commissions and salary?
  • What did you like most about selling copiers in the seventies?
  • What was your favorite brand and model that you sold?

We're going to have eleven questions in total and I'm sure that there will be some awesome stories from these veterans that we have lined up.

I'm still looking for four additional veterans, if you or you know of anyone who might be interested, please feel free to email me their contact information or send me an email apost@p4photel.

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1976 worked for Pitney Bowes manufacturing equipment in their Danbury CT location. From their went to a private dealership as a tech until 1993. Service was my primary job but I was able to sell also. 1993 I bought into American Copy, now I am a paper pusher. Feel free to contact me if needed --- ACE.

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Ace posted:

I have been in the industry since 1976 and have seen many changes. It was a great and friendlier time back then. They call it progress. I also will be looking forward to to reading the post.

Ace, ty for the thread.  Were you selling in the Seventies?  If so, would you be available to be one of our Seventies gang? 

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