One of our clients, a physician and rabid concrete evangelist, sent this to us last week.
I stopped at a stone distributor the other day on my way to a conference. They had never heard of Virginia Slate (a MN stone we’re specifying for the exterior of his house). A sales guy did try to sell me granite though for our countertops. When I told him we are doing concrete, he said, “Why do you want a sidewalk in your kitchen?” Insulted, I told him that granite is so 90s. He then said because the price of granite has come down, it is once again “hot.” I said, if I were choosing between laminate and granite, I would also choose granite if they are at a similar price point.
Needless to say, that was the end of our conversation.
The “sidewalk in your kitchen” line is a gem. It’s insulting and misleading at the same time, just enough to plant the seed of doubt.
I have to come up with a comparable retort when someone gives me the merits of vinyl siding. “Why do you want PVC waste water pipe siding on your house?” is a bit of a mouthful. ” Why do you want to wrap your house with a shower curtain?” isn’t as cutting as the sidewalk jab. We’ll have to keep working on it. Suggestions?