Based on the recent attacks on sales people and distributors by the medical industrial complex, TSB thought that it would be interesting to ask our fellow spineophiles; Has the Art of Selling become extinct? In recent months, sales people have been excoriated by various factions asserting that sales people have become a necessary evil, driving up the cost of the products, and bringing no value to the industry. In many respects are we responsible for bringing this upon ourselves? As you walk around the convention center today, look around and absorb how many early-growth stage companies are selling commodity products competing in a zero-sum market. Distributors have become Target or Wal-Mart, carrying multiple lines of the same product. In many respects we are no different than the foreign merchants that sell knock off Louis Vitton bags, or fake Rolex's in the back alleys of Milan, Italy. Do I have a deal for you Doctor.
So in the spirit of debate, are we to blame for euthanizing ourselves and becoming extinct in a profession that once respected the value that we brought to the game? TSB wants to know what you think?