Upselling The Savior


(Upselling is a sales technique whereby a seller induces the customer to purchase more expensive items, upgrades, or other add-ons in an attempt to make a more profitable sale.)

The other day I stopped off to get a drink at a local fast food place. After I ordered via the drive thru, I was asked if I wanted fries. Of course if I had wanted fries I would have asked for them so for the thousandth time I had to say, “No thank you.” It’s now become a real annoyance to have to put up with the “upsale” at fast food places. I went from there to get some gas and even though I had no contact with a human I ran into the “upsale” once again. This time I had to push “No” when, after swiping my credit card, “Do you want a car wash?” came onto the screen. From there I went to the drug store, purchased a few items and then had to push, “ Yes or No”, on the screen when paying after I was required to make a decision regarding a donation to a charity.

Perhaps I’m getting impatient in my old age but the practice of having to put up with upselling wherever I go is driving me crazy. Sometimes when confronted with the upsale, I politely ask, “Is it free?” There is usually a pause; then a befuddled answer of, “Well…no!” “Oh…then I don’t want it,” I reply. When you get older you can get away with saying slightly crazy things. After all, you are old. Even though it is annoying I need to be nice to the employees of these companies because I know when they were hired they were given instructions that they need to upsell.

Well, what does upselling have to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Well…nothing! Except…if you are reading this you probably have an interest in the Savior. So forgive me if I ask, but I was trained to do so, (Matt. 28:18-20), “Do you want to know more?”


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