In American culture, the dogged, desperate salesman is an archetype (sorry - not sure what this means, but it seems apt). The salesman is an iconic figure (ooops, another fancy term). American salespeople are known worldwide for their clever patter, big smiles and first-name basis.
There is something appealing about the salesman. We admire the drive and ingenuity of the guy with a shiny tie, a pasted-on smile and a deep longing to sell you a car.
But oh the heartache. The sadness. Pleeease buy this. The hero of Death of a Salesman gives his advice on selling—tell a few stories, laugh, and "don't look worried." He is doomed.
So in tribute to our culture of selling, we salute the men and women out there pounding the pavement, punching the keypad, and making every interaction a cheerful one. In their honor, Brandsinger shares this image of a lazy afternoon at the car dealership, Avon, Connecticut, June 21, 2012.