Can you sell a ping pong ball for $18?

by Tom B Banned
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I saw this commercial and it caught my attention for the way they positioned their very simple product. Notice how they made this into a sort of event or party when using it.

#$18 #ball #ping #pong #sell
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Very eye-catching.

    And if you can get $18 for a ping pong ball, just imagine what a cue ball must be worth!
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom B
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      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Very eye-catching.

      And if you can get $18 for a ping pong ball, just imagine what a cue ball must be worth!

      Shhh, I am still working on that game.
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    • Profile picture of the author magicmarcus
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Very eye-catching.

      And if you can get $18 for a ping pong ball, just imagine what a cue ball must be worth!
      Cue ball sounds painfull if you miss.

      two movie quotes for selling anything online:

      "sold some stuff... to billy in 4c" - dumb and dumber
      "he could sell a catsup popsicle to a woman in white gloves" - tommy boy

      if you can make it fun and enjoyable for the customer... why not
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      • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
        Originally Posted by magicmarcus View Post

        Cue ball sounds painfull if you miss.
        That's what she said. Right, Thomas?
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        • Profile picture of the author Tom B
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          Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

          That's what she said. Right, Thomas?
          I had to register it as a lethal weapon.
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  • Profile picture of the author kloker007
    Don´t remember which book I was reading but I remember this very clearly:
    There is nothing a good salesman can´t sell. Then it was a example of a salesman that even could sell a pile of (street ) stones for a good price lol
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    • Profile picture of the author SergeyZ
      Not sure if you mean the famous "Pet Rock" fad. If you haven't heard of it you can look up "Pet Rock" in Wikipedia. I'd post a link but my post count is still too low.

      Another good example is bottled water. It's all a matter of simply changing the customer's perspective about something and making your product stand out from the rest. In the case of Pet Rocks it was the packaging and enclosed manual. With bottled water it's the bottle and the fact that you can buy it anywhere. I'm sure at least someone must've tried selling bottled air (just like in Spaceballs).

      Originally Posted by kloker007 View Post

      Don´t remember which book I was reading but I remember this very clearly:
      There is nothing a good salesman can´t sell. Then it was a example of a salesman that even could sell a pile of (street ) stones for a good price lol
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom B
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      Originally Posted by kloker007 View Post

      Don´t remember which book I was reading but I remember this very clearly:
      There is nothing a good salesman can´t sell. Then it was a example of a salesman that even could sell a pile of (street ) stones for a good price lol

      Or a pet rock?
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by kloker007 View Post

      Don´t remember which book I was reading but I remember this very clearly:
      There is nothing a good salesman can´t sell. Then it was a example of a salesman that even could sell a pile of (street ) stones for a good price lol
      Hopefully it's not the same guy that sold you the book.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      There is nothing a good salesman can´t sell.
      My brother once said that I could sell ice cubes to Eskimoes. I said, "Sure. You put food coloring in it and sell it as decorative paneling."

      Silly example, but it makes the point.


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  • Profile picture of the author Alfred Shelver
    Ahh Alexa stole my well placed cue ball post. LOL that is amazing though and it made me want to buy one seriously looked fun.. Wow
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom B
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      Originally Posted by Cathy Shelver View Post

      Ahh Alexa stole my well placed cue ball post. LOL that is amazing though and it made me want to buy one seriously looked fun.. Wow

      That is what caught my eye. The way they positioned the product was excellent, imo.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris W. Sutton
    Re: Can you sell a ping pong ball for $18?
    I could if it was autographed by Mickey Mantle!
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by Chris W. Sutton View Post

      I could if it was autographed by Mickey Mantle!
      Ahh yes, Mickey Mantle, the famous ping pong player.
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    Sure, just get me a busty hot blonde and a room full of guys....Bet I could sell alot.
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    your not buying a ping pong for $18 your buying a cup that lights up for $18....if you break the cup noone will play with the ping pong.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vincenzo Oliva
    It's called "giving them permission" to buy a $18 ping pong ball.
    There's a story about a fruitcake that wasn't selling. Then the copywriter weaved in a story how the pecans on the fruitcake were from Ancient Texas pecan trees that were seeded before the civil war began, thus "giving them permission" to buy this "special" fruitcake. :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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      Originally Posted by Vincenzo Oliva View Post

      It's called "giving them permission" to buy a $18 ping pong ball.
      There's a story about a fruitcake that wasn't selling. Then the copywriter weaved in a story how the pecans on the fruitcake were from Ancient Texas pecan trees that were seeded before the civil war began, thus "giving them permission" to buy this "special" fruitcake. :-)

      Speaking of stories Tony Robbins tells one of

      Ducan Hines(i believe it was). Anyways, they couldn't sell their cake mix, so, they brought in in an expert psychologist, Freud's distant relative to find out why. When he surveyed the ladies in a market research group study they said they felt guilty adding water to a cake mix because they didn't have to do anything. The expert reported back to Ducan Hines and said, " I have a solution, add an egg to your cake mix". The Duncan Hines group said, "it don't need an egg", the psych said just add one anyway, the ladies will feel a sense of responsibility.

      The rest is history.

      Now you know why you add an egg to cake mix
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  • Profile picture of the author James Foster
    It's all about positioning... create enough value and you can sell a pen for $100k.
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    • Profile picture of the author Thomas Buckley
      Originally Posted by James Foster View Post

      It's all about positioning... create enough value and you can sell a pen for $100k.
      A Parker Pen maybe? ^^

      but them kids needed skill to get the ball into the cup. my brother bought one yesterday and now its thrown in the corner of his room
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    • Profile picture of the author theemperor
      Originally Posted by James Foster View Post

      It's all about positioning... create enough value and you can sell a pen for $100k.
      And this can be done on a massive scale to fool an entire world, including you and me. For example take gold and diamonds.

      Gold - fairly useless metal. Good conductor and useful as a catalyst maybe but not much else. Diamonds - useful for cutting but industrial diamonds can be made cheaply anyway, other than that not much other use than looking pretty.

      Yet people pay a fortune for jewellery made from these materials
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom B
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      Originally Posted by James Foster View Post

      It's all about positioning... create enough value and you can sell a pen for $100k.
      Like a pen similar to what astronauts used and you can write upside down? I can't tell you how many documents I had to sign upside down...
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    • Profile picture of the author Teravel
      Originally Posted by James Foster View Post

      It's all about positioning... create enough value and you can sell a pen for $100k.
      Americans designed a pen that works in zero gravity in order to fill out paperwork while on the space station. This pen had a hefty cost...

      Russians solved the problem with a twenty cent pencil.
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  • Profile picture of the author BiggieG
    lol... That's pretty good. I can see how quickly that would become very competitive after a few beers.

    Also, I remember my mom having a a pretty good size collection of Pet Rocks.
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  • Profile picture of the author SergeyZ
    I've always imagined it like this:

    Imagine if you could give anyone a dollar and they'd give you two dollars back. That's a pretty good deal, right? Well imagine if you could keep doing that non stop but the only catch is that only one in ten people will say yes. It's still a damn good deal. Sure, you walk around a bit more but you're pretty much getting money for free. But that's all imaginary, right?

    Wrong.

    Sure, in real life most people would scoff at giving someone two dollars for a single dollar bill. So all you have to do is add an extra step and, instead of trading your one dollar for two, you simply take your dollar and use it to buy something that's worth one buck. Then, walk around and offer it to people in exchange for two dollars. Not everyone will say yes but if only one in ten does agree to it you've got the same two-for-one deal going that I mentioned before. You're getting two dollars for one and that's a pretty sweet deal.
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  • Profile picture of the author chapdaddy
    How about 20 bucks for an acrylic ball? But wait, that's not all! you also get a dvd teaching you how to play with the ball ($40 value).

    fushigiball.com

    When my kids are watching cartoons, I shake my head in amazement at the products they get pitched.
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    Ok I'll stop there!
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  • Actually, I'm amazed with some of the shots those guys made.

    To calculate/have the precision to get the ball in with some of the shots they were taken requires a lot of skill and/or practise. I'd say a lot of the stuff was staged mathematically to get it done quicker/more accurately, because getting a shot by bouncing it off 4-5 chairs, etc requires a lot of practise...

    But yes, nice example of positioning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    Perfect for pot heads and beer drinking collage students! Brilliant!
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    How about turning a robe around and calling it a Snuggie.

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    • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
      Originally Posted by Matt Maiden View Post

      How about turning a robe around and calling it a Snuggie.

      I bought a pair for like 19.99 and used it for like 3 days before I got bored.

      I don't even know where my snuggie is anymore
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