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January 29, 2013 10:08 AM   Subscribe

A German store hires an ace salesman to sell its iPads (SLYT)
posted by MuffinMan (32 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
He sold one to this well-meaning lady.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:13 AM on January 29, 2013 [6 favorites]


The gingerbread man frowns!
posted by Chutzler at 10:19 AM on January 29, 2013


Hah! Awesome!
posted by ReeMonster at 10:20 AM on January 29, 2013


Fantastic bit of magic / performance art / viral marketing. Thanks for sharing.

Hey, to anyone who speaks German fluently--I think I get the gist of how he's probably couching his presentation, but can anyone provide a summary?
posted by Room 101 at 10:22 AM on January 29, 2013


This device seems to have limitless potential as a prestidigitationary aid.
posted by Mister_A at 10:29 AM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Those people did a great job of acting like nothing special was happening while trying to remember just how many doses of cough medicine did they take?
posted by orme at 10:30 AM on January 29, 2013 [4 favorites]


I'm no Apple fan, but I'd buy an iPad in an instant if it could magically produce mugs of gluhwein. You hear that Tim Cook?
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 10:32 AM on January 29, 2013 [3 favorites]


Really, though, the things sell themselves in spite of sales staff.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:41 AM on January 29, 2013


I love the guy just stood there primly holding his wurst.
posted by arcticseal at 10:47 AM on January 29, 2013 [5 favorites]


The woman seems to have been genuinely troubled by the possibility of either black magic or technology well beyond her understanding.
posted by cmoj at 10:53 AM on January 29, 2013 [6 favorites]


Did he turn into Udo Dirkschneider at the end? SOLD!
posted by SharkParty at 10:57 AM on January 29, 2013 [2 favorites]


Hey, to anyone who speaks German fluently--I think I get the gist of how he's probably couching his presentation, but can anyone provide a summary?

It's pretty much what you'd expect. He's straightfacedly presenting the iPad and its apps as though it really can do all these things (e.g. a recipe app that lets you tear off the ingredients portion of a recipe to take shopping with you).
posted by jedicus at 11:13 AM on January 29, 2013


It has been æons since anyone uttered 'Udo Dirkschneider' in my presence. Thanks!
posted by Mister_A at 11:14 AM on January 29, 2013


I'm no Apple fan, but I'd buy an iPad in an instant if it could magically produce mugs of gluhwein.

How about some beer instead?

Same guy, I think.
posted by Kabanos at 11:24 AM on January 29, 2013


That was really fun, but my primary thought: Wow, that glossy screen is super distracting.

I thought I disliked Apple for infesting its machines with DRM, but I think that may take a back seat to the evils of gloss.
posted by Malor at 11:27 AM on January 29, 2013 [2 favorites]


Too glossy! They'll never sell!
posted by Burhanistan at 11:40 AM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


The screens really aren't that glossy, I think the iPad was just sweating a bit from the spotlights. Or maybe stage fright.
posted by xedrik at 11:50 AM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


A little background: Verstehen Sie Spaß? is a German TV show that plays pranks on people while filming them. The fact that the whole thing is a practical joke is revealed by the guy turning into the show host Guido Cantz.

The magician in the video is Simon Pierro. He did some other practical jokes, like this one on "interactive TV".
posted by amf at 12:09 PM on January 29, 2013


Wow, that glossy screen is super distracting.

It comes with a little mylar sheet over the screen to prevent scratches, and I think they haven't taken it off.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 12:29 PM on January 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's about time someone combined salesmanship with boldfaced lies.
posted by Sys Rq at 12:32 PM on January 29, 2013 [2 favorites]


This man is a conjurer and speaks in a foreign tongue. Stone him!
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 12:49 PM on January 29, 2013 [2 favorites]


That woman's face is exactly what I picture when I see the word "nonplussed."
posted by ShutterBun at 1:02 PM on January 29, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm gonna hold off on calling him the 'Best iPad Salesman Ever' until I see his actual sales numbers.
posted by mazola at 1:11 PM on January 29, 2013


Yeah, that title was probably won by some college dropout working in the 5th Avenue store who picked up a couple of extra shifts during the Christmas rush.
posted by Burhanistan at 1:41 PM on January 29, 2013


So, the mark buys the iPad; returns it when it won't produce cookies or tennis balls.
posted by Cranberry at 2:05 PM on January 29, 2013


That makes me want a hot dog real bad.
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes at 2:06 PM on January 29, 2013


Looking forward to seeing Germany throw the book of EU consumer protection laws at Apple for this. Not only are these claims about the product's capabilities false, but the server transmitted a cookie without notifying the customer of their privacy policy. Plus the cookie was handled with bare hands and distributed in non standard weight!
posted by rh at 3:00 PM on January 29, 2013 [6 favorites]


... the guy just stood there primly holding his wurst.

I often find myself doing the same.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:30 PM on January 29, 2013 [6 favorites]


If you went to the cheese store before, what you got then is a wurst-kase scenario.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:02 PM on January 29, 2013 [4 favorites]


That woman's face is exactly what I picture when I see the word "nonplussed."

That face was actually 'dramatically astounded'. It's easy to miss though, because Germans have a habit of expressing most emotions via 'nonplussed'.
posted by Alex404 at 12:07 AM on January 30, 2013


So, the mark buys the iPad; returns it when it won't produce cookies or tennis balls.

Welcome to the wonder of pop-up concessions and remote customer service lines.
posted by jaduncan at 9:52 AM on January 30, 2013


Today I learned that German for "tennis ball" is "tennis ball" (actually, Google tells me it's "tennisball", because of course).
posted by dirigibleman at 10:18 AM on January 30, 2013


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