Have you ever been in some store and a random dude comes up to you asking if you work in the area, or work for company X? Well, if you're Indian and live in the South Bay, you're probably quite familiar with this. Usually it's some Indian guy in his late 20's/early 30's asking how your job is. Now, if you're smart, you say as little as possible to the guy and go on with your business of buying of toilet paper or whatever the hell you're at Wal-mart for. Why? Because the brown dude across from you is casing you to see if you're gullible enough to become involved in the most popular "pyramid" scheme this side of Amway.
Now, flashback to two weeks ago. My wife and I were in Wal-mart buying towels or somesuch. A young-ish couple is talking in one of the aisles and the husband asks me if the stuff at Wal-mart is any good and what kinds of things they should buy there. Now, both my wife and I thought this question was kind of odd since even if you're fresh off the H1 plane (which this guy wasn't), you've probably heard of Wal-mart, and if you haven't heard of it, you'd figure out the level of quality at the place - cheap, but good enough to not worry about.
Anyways, we have a short conversation with the couple...turns out they come from Gujarat, the same place my family's from. So we take down phone numbers yada yada. Dude calls me a few days later and it turns out he's doing the Quixtar/BWW pitch on me - without actually naming the company. In retrospect, this is a pretty conniving way to get into someone's ear...strike up a conversation randomly, then call them to hook em in. And you know Quixtar & BWW teach their disciples these tricks of the trade.
Now, if you haven't heard of Quixtar, give 'em a hit and make 'em feel good about themselves. It's basically an online merchant, but instead of selling goods themselves, they line up gullible people to sell the stuff for them. Of course, as the pitch goes, there's no selling involved, no marketing involved, nothing involved except a few hours a week. Why anyone would want to buy the products from Quixtar, I don't know. They seem to sell the same stuff as Amazon, Wal-mart, and "finer department stores".
So when I'm talking to this guy, I know he's casing me for this shit, but I'm piqued because apparently he and his wife are a tag team. He wants to come by our house with his wife and "talk for 15-20 minutes". In my senseless state, I said, sure, come by Monday night.
They come and talk our heads off for an hour and a half! The whole time I wasn't so concerned with Quixtar, but with the selling skills of these people. To be honest, they weren't very good. It's a barely worthwhile scheme to begin with, but these two would hardly be able to sell me fertilizer for my new backyard.
Anyways, I've now got this folder of marketing material sitting on my dining room table. And I've gotta see this guy again to give it back to him. How annoying.
Lesson for all you kids: When in Wal-mart, keep to yourself, lest THEY reel you in.
Lesson for all you wanna be (non)sales people: Hook up with Quixtar so you too can learn how to talk to people with a sorry sales pitch.
Question for the floor: Why the hell are so many random Indian techies involved in this shit? For every Indian that started up a dot-com, there's gotta be 20 of these fools pacing the aisles of your local convenience store.
Anyone out there got a Quixtar story of their own? Been pitched by these guys? Are YOU one of these guys? As my homie Fabolous would say "Holla back youngin" I wanna hear more.