The Gentleman Peeler

If you want to study the art of effortless old-fashioned salesmanship, you could do a lot worse than study the video of  Joe Ades, which I’ve linked below. Joe died in 2009, but spent the previous 15 years selling just one product – a potato peeler – on the streets of New York. Although the peelers only cost $5 each, Ades ended up living in a Fifth Avenue apartment and enjoying east side café society. When asked about his success, Ades said “Never underestimate a small amount of money gathered by hand for 60 years.”  Enjoy the video.

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