Jeff, Christmas, Gift Cards, and Bald Men

It's Monday morning and I hardly know where to start today because I have so many things I want to share with you. I think I'll list a few of them and then maybe talk about them in detail later on this week.

First, I want to thank everyone for all the emails and comments the last few weeks. I respond to everyone and if you've not heard from me, I promise I'm working hard to get back to everyone. The amount of mail about my book, this blog and marketing and sales questions and comments has grown so much that I got behind. Please have patience and know I'm still reading and answering.

I am so happy about the response to Listen First – Sell Later. The book actually got to the Top Ten on Amazon in sales books for about a day. I meant to take a screen shot! It's not there now but it has been selling steadily and people have been downloading the free eBook just as steadily. And, I love the mail I've gotten after people read it. Many who are not in sales or marketing commented that they were surprised to find out the book, while having a lot of sales information in it, was actually a fun read. 

Suzanne left a wonderful comment about my Seinfeld moment video. But, she left something you need to view. Go to Friends of Jeff and read about this man's beautiful story. Thank you, Suzanne.

We're already seeing Christmas displays in stores and ads on television and the newspapers. They started as early this year as the first week of October. I'd like to put together a list of organizations that could really use our help this holiday season. I'll start to work on it and I'd like you to contribute some names and websites too. Please.

I'm not much of a shopper but I can't but notice all the gift cards that are for sale now everywhere. They are really a BAD idea and a bad deal for everyone. For example, a Visa gift card advertised as "The Ideal Gift" costs the giver ten percent for a $50 card. Yes, you pay $4.95 for the privilege of giving the card. Then the person who receives the card has to pay a monthly maintenance fee of $2.00 per month after 12 months. So, if you have a balance of say $5.00 on the card (which is pretty typical) it will cost you $2.00 a month to keep the card. In two and a half months, the card is worthless and the card company gets another 10 percent. And, the merchant that processes the card pays a fee of several percent. The list can go on.

Here is one that is even more expensive. What made me really laugh though was under Fees on the card, the company lists Balance Inquiry – Free. What a deal!

Give the person cash or a check and save yourself and them money.

Lastly today, Tim Brownson and I have started a new organization called Middle Aged Bald Men. We're working on our manifesto and the types of membership. Women will not be excluded and you might not even have to be bald. We do have the URL registered and we'll keep you posted on our progress.

Tim says I'm nuts. He might be right. Have a great Monday.

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