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christopher sta

04-16-1999 21:37:25

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does anyone have any good ideas of how to find a good creative and motivated parts person. if you do please give me a call at 410.348.2470. thanls

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04-17-1999 20:00:58

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 Re: partsperson in reply to christopher starkey, 04-16-1999 21:37:25  
For one thing, try paying a good wage that the guy can live on, and have a decent quality of life.

Also, treat him as a person not a slave.

I spent several years selling parts, and I was damn good at it. It got to the point where farmers would waite for me to help them, when other parts people where standing there with nothing to do.

However, after working at 5 diffrent dealerships, I got tired of being paid less than the national average wage, and being forced to work long hours. For example, one dealership in Nebraska made me work 60+ hours a week with no overtime. In Nebraska, the law says overtime does not have to be paid to workers in ag related buisness.

You get exactly what you pay for.

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04-17-1999 20:58:56

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 Re: Re: partsperson in reply to Ideas, 04-17-1999 20:00:58  
Amen, brother:
I spent (wasted) six years in the parts business on Delmarva. I finally gave up trying to make a living in ag (which I have a bachelor's degree in) Now I work on vending machines (better hours, benefits, pay, conditions, you name it.) PS to Mr. Starkey Try some of the larger ag retail chains for recruits (no names mentioned) they have some good people and usually give them dog treatment.

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More Ideas

04-18-1999 00:55:09

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 Re: Re: Re: partsperson in reply to Karl, 04-17-1999 20:58:56  
Like after you work 12 hours for very little $, they make you clean the bathroom, take out all the trash,dust the lawn and garden equipment,move the snow. Try to start and unload the new tractors that the truck just brought in the middle of the winter. Damn that was so fun, and I worked for several dealers, so it wasnt just the one I worked at that sucked.

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Chris Starkey

04-19-1999 19:55:56

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: partsperson in reply to More Ideas, 04-18-1999 00:55:09  
I realize many dealerships are not rewarding. Talk to my present parts man at 410-348-2470. I wish he was not leaving (to go into another business) but I think he will tell you that his time here has been rewarding and the right person in this position could have a lot to look foward to in this position.

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