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    Anyone here sell cell phones for a living? Question for ya

    Where do you work. How much money do you make. Is it hourly plus commission, etc? If you don't mind me asking.


    Someone or a few someoneS who actually do this for a living, please..
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    I'm nt sure on cell sales but I know a guy who has sold everything from multimillion dollar yachts to 10 cent pins and his best advice is to remember

    Features and benefits (A feature of the product, and how this feature will benefit the customer)
    Also when it comes to costier items qualification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nik00117 View Post
    I'm nt sure on cell sales but I know a guy who has sold everything from multimillion dollar yachts to 10 cent pins and his best advice is to remember

    Features and benefits (A feature of the product, and how this feature will benefit the customer)
    Also when it comes to costier items qualification.
    I'm not looking for a job. I'm on a quest for validation. Hence, the reason I wanted info directly from someone who earns their living this way. But thanks for trying to be helpful.
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    You can't its a **** paying job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Death View Post
    You can't its a **** paying job.
    That's not what I hear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrelwooddowd View Post
    That's not what I hear.
    Somebody's been fed the KoolAid then.

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    My brother sells cell phones for cingular. He gets paid hourly plus a commision percentage. Most of his money is made from selling icing on the cake such as data&text messaging plans because he gets paid dollar amounts for those type of add-ons. So he gets his commission based off his overall sales, and dollar amounts for specific addons and accessories. Usually the vendors come into his store and he gets notified about the different commission perks for certain accessories and phones. This type of brand specific promotion changes on a monthly basis. He also has a quota for his commission percentage, which means the more he sells he gets to have a larger commission percentage of his overall sales. A lot of money in cell phones is really made under the table, such as trading in phones to sell on the side and selling phones/accessories close to actual cost. Dirty selling really prob only applies to franchise stores, since corporate stores are stricter and they get more overall volume so being a bit shady isn't worth it. This information is going by what my brother has done in the past and present. My brother has made about 40k aside from dirty selling on the side since he has been working for at&t/cingular for the last 2 years. He is about to get promoted to a sales manager within the next couple weeks so there is definitely room for advancement, but my brother is a straight up hustler. Sells withing the top 5 in his franchise company and aggressively goes after sales. As long as you can handle the competition with other employees and don't mind stepping over people's toes a bit, you will like it. Of course this is all going by what he has told me, but he knows plenty of other people that sells cell phones and says their experiences are similar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Moore View Post
    Somebody's been fed the KoolAid then.
    I didn't buy the story. I'm trying to confirm that, in-fact, a person selling cell phones for a living doesn't net three grand a month at a minimum.

    Gabrielle..Aside from selling phones outright on the side, what does your brother make per month or per year (gross or net) with his commisison included?

    Again..I'm not looking to do this for a living.
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    If you are good at selling cell phones you would net that. My brother made something like 37k his 1st year and 42 his 2nd year before taxes on his w-2, but including his deals on the side he prob made an extra 3 grand per year. His manager at his small franchise store makes around 75k because he gets a quarterly bonus based off his store's sales. It sounds unbelievable, but sometimes people luck out.

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    That makes a little more sense. I definitely don't think it's unbelievable. A lot of people don't realize why some jobs pay so well. When a business is raking in millions upon millions (as wireless does), it only stands to reason that employees will be paid fairly well--even if the work isn't overly complex. The pay some of the department heads make at Wal Mart is pretty impressive as well. Sales is always going to be sales.

    Still, as I suspected, this one doesn't pay as well as I was told it did.

    Thanks for the info...
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    My brother has told me that he knows a lot of people who make an average of at least 50k selling cell phones that work in mall kiosks and corporate stores.

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