In Reply to: Re: You're missing the point posted by Gilbert on April 12, 1999 at 20:19:36:
Yeah, if I see a dude in some nasty old t-shirt (not to say you're wearing a nasty t-shirt) dirty jeans and old payless $6.99 buy one get one free pair of tennis shoes, then yeah I wouldn't let you test drive a brand new $40k car either. If you can't respect yourself, why would you respect someone else's property? And why bother spending time on you. Even if you do have the money to spend.
I'm in the computer industry. We've garnered a reputation for "dressing down". Hell, I go to work everyday in a baseball cap and it's never questioned. But, there's a difference to being sloppy and being casually dressed. You can still dress casually and give the indication of being financially well off.
Send that salesman that couldn't figure out the difference between sloppy / poor and casual / wealthy up to Seattle or Bellevue, WA for a couple of days training. He'll figure it out quick.
: So what you are saying is that people who wear T-shirts, jeans and sneakers are slobs? (Or is it because I don't comb my hair?)
: I fit a similar demographic (29,suburban,professional), but I'm not going to 'dress up' or comb my hair just to go buy a car. Those are the clothes I wear, and I don't comb my hair--ever. It's not like a BMW dealership is a wedding, or a funeral. I wasn't trying to 'test' the salespeople, and don't have a chip on my shoulder. I was just being myself. In case you read the rest of my original post, you'll see that I was treated well, and was very happy, contradicting the experience d-hosh had.