Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Used car Salesman approach to pumping
After school today we will be meeting with a Rep (Stephen) from Medtronic. He is going to come over and give us a little showcase showdown of their version of the pump. We already met with the Animas Rep a couple of weeks ago and we are most definitely impressed with the Ping. I told my husband that Stephen is going to have to really impress me and throw out all the stops to make me change my mind about going with Animas. He is already sort of starting out on the wrong foot in my books honestly. A few weeks back, I called both Reps on the same day and he seemed very put out and very "used car salesman-ish" to me on the phone. We had scheduled an appointment for one day last week right after school because he told me that he couldn't come at a time any later than that. I was disappointed because I had wanted my husband to be able to be there as well and I knew he wouldn't be home from work at that time. Such is life though, so we booked our time for immediately after school. Stephen called me the morning of our appt. and had to cancel because his daughter was ill. Don't get me wrong, I fully understand that whole scenario...sick kid...life is put on hold. So, we rescheduled for today. Before hanging up the phone, he made sure to throw some statistics at me about the percentage of people in my area who use the Medtronic pump...blah blah blah...percentage of this and percentage of that...it even has that new car smell...ummmm ok! I am looking forward to him showing up this afternoon, but I am bracing myself for that fake smile and the classic salesman "lemme show ya all the bells and whistles" demeanor. I do not mesh well with people like that. I will however keep an open mind and see how it plays out. I have set a goal for myself to make a decision by the end of this week regarding which pump we are going to go with. Wish me luck! Here's to hoping that Stephen doesn't show up wearing a cheesy plaid sportcoat and handing out complimentary Bic pens that say "Buy a pump from Steve and get a free weave!" or "Help me break even and buy from Stephen!" or "Don't get mad and leave! Buy from Steve!" lolol...now that would be funny actually.
Posted by sky0138 at 9:34 AM