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Take a proactive approach to jewelry retailing

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Dorothy Burke, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, VA dies at 90

Dorothy Burke, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, VA dies at 90

Dorothy Lee Thrift Burke, 90, co-founder of Burkes...

AJA, GJA to co-host annual Convention April 10 – 12

AJA, GJA to co-host annual Convention April 10 – 12

The Alabama Jewelers Association (AJA) and Georgia...

Jewelers of America names 2015 GEM Awards winners

Jewelers of America names 2015 GEM Awards winners

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Elisa Ilana’s Lollies Collection has something for everyone

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Dorothy Burke, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, VA dies at 90

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Dorothy Burke, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, VA dies at 90

Dorothy Lee Thrift Burke, 90, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, Virginia - a family owned and operated fine jewelry and repair store - died on December 31, 2014.

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AISociety AiCertify-2015 debuts with a Global Valuation Standard

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The AISociety - Appraisers International Society (AIS) began live and self-study global, online, offerings of AiCertification™2015 at the start of February with the live, AiResidence sessions of its 5-course series of Valuation Appraisal courses to AIStandard v4.0 for gems, jewelry, watches and othe...

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AJA, GJA to co-host annual Convention April 10 – 12

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AJA, GJA to co-host annual Convention April 10 – 12

The Alabama Jewelers Association (AJA) and Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) wish to invite all retail jewelers and vendors to the 2015 annual co-hosted Convention at Marriott’s Grand National Resort & Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opelika, Alabama.

The educational program features industry s...

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Take a proactive approach to jewelry retailing

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OJA seminar to offer sales techniques, JA certification opportunity

The Oklahoma Jewelers Association (OJA) invites retail jewelers in Oklahoma and surrounding states to attend a seminar developed to enhance sales techniques targeting today’s multiple generations of jewelry buyers.

Lynn Baldwin and Darc...

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Bulova celebrating 140th anniversary in 2015

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Esteemed watchmaker commemorates 140 years of consistent creativity and innovation

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Cas-Ker Company releases 8th edition catalog

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(CINCINNATI) - The Cas-ker Company has released the eighth edition of its Tools and Supplies for Jewelers and Watchmakers. The new edition comes with an expanded collection of equipment from it’s seventh edition release in 2013, and contains new reference material for watchmakers and jewelers to make...

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GIA to issue revised Colored Stone and Pearl Reports

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More of the Low Hanging Fruit – Adding-On

The past couple of months we have been discussing the process of selling additional items. As we approach the all important holiday season the importance of learning to suggest, show and sell additional items is paramount to your individual success and the overall success of your company. Again, selling additional items are one of the keys to maximizing both sales and profits in a retail jewelry store.

Customers want and need to buy additional items. In many cases the additional items are not on the top of the customers mind or aren’t a priority purchase at the moment that he/she is in your store. However, that is not to say that the customer won’t buy the additional items if introduced or given the suggestion of appropriate items that they need to purchase in the future.

To review a few of the key points about adding-on from previous articles:

1) Selling Add-on items is profit – the majority of the costs of running a business are amortized out of the main item purchase.

2) Selling Add-on items is a customer service – customers want and need to buy additional items. In some cases the customer simply hasn’t given any thought to the additional items or isn’t aware of the various different items that you sell in your store.

3) The Add-on doesn’t necessarily have to cost less than the main item. People have budgets for different things. If a customer is buying a graduation gift for a son’s girlfriend, that doesn’t mean he/she doesn’t have an even larger budget for the special event that they have coming in a couple of weeks.

4) What to Add-on – the key to success in selling additional items comes in the salesperson’s ability to ask add-on questions in order to determine what are the most appropriate additional items to sell.

5) An Add-on item is anything that you sell in addition to what the customer came in to purchase.

6) A professional salesperson MUST attempt to sell additional items. One of a salesperson’s main responsibilities is to sell additional items. I am not saying a salesperson must sell an add-on item to every customer, but a salesperson must attempt to sell an add-on item to every customer. Again, the only way to maximize a selling opportunity is through presenting additional goods.

7) Add-ons can significantly increase a salesperson’s income. When a salesperson is paid on commission a salesperson who shows, suggests and sells additional items can increase his/her commissions tremendously.

8) The Assumptive Add-on Close. The assumptive add-on close, as detailed last month, is one of the most effective add-on techniques available when the close is based on information that you learned throughout the earlier portion of the selling process.

The Don’t Let Me Forget/Remind Me To Show You Add-On Technique

This technique will actually cause customers to add-on to themselves. You will even find that in many cases the customer is actually reminding you to sell them additional merchandise. The technique is a method in which you stimulate the thought process and the desire in the customer.

For example; A woman comes in and is shopping for a watch for her husband, the salesperson could say for example: “Let’s take a look at some watches and, Oh, by the way, your earrings are gorgeous, don’t let me forget later to show you a pendant we have that will match perfectly.”

Another option would be to say: “Remind me later, I would love to get your opinion on some new items that we think are going to be very popular this holiday season, I’d love to see what you think.”

Again, if you don’t ask you won’t get. With these techniques you will find customers reminding you that you wanted their opinion on something or saying; “Why don’t you let me see the pendant that you mentioned?” Adding-on is the secret to building your sales and profits with your existing customers. In retail jewelry there are only three ways to increase sales. Those are to sell more of the people that you talk to, to sell more to the people you are already selling and to get more people in the store that you can sell. Selling additional items is an extremely important aspect of the job of a true professional salesperson. Further, your customers will appreciate the professionalism and the time that you have saved them in not having to shop at other stores to complete his or her buying needs.

Next month we will close out the articles on selling add-on items by detailing a few more add-on techniques.

Author, trainer, consultant and speaker Brad Huisken is President of IAS Training. Mr. Huisken authored the book “I’m a Salesman! Not a PhD.” and developed the PMSA Relationship Selling Program, the PSMC Professional Sales Management Course, The Mystery Shoppers Kit, The Weekly Jewelry Sales Training Meeting Series (exclusively for jewelry) along with Aptitude Tests and Proficiency Exams for new hires, current sales staff and sales managers and his new Train The Sales Trainer Course. In addition he publishes a free weekly newsletter called “Sales Insight.” For a free subscription or more information contact IAS Training at 800-248-7703, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.iastraining.com.


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