It was a small town with fantastic landscapes that attracted a wealth of the rich to live in it. But they were not living for long. The rich people would come to the town for one or two months during their vacations and relaxed themselves.
Ming was also attracted by the scenic spots to the town. But he had little money and did not have a permanent income, so he rented a cheap house after he arrived. But what drew his attention most here was those wealthy people. His job was to sell cell phones. But they were not “real” phones. They were indeed counterfeits that could model the real ones which had comprehensive and great functions with the cost of no more than 20 yuan. If he met his less lucky day, he could earn at least several hundred yuan, while several thousand yuan if he met his lucky day. As those buyers were very well-off, they would not care about the money even though they discovered the phones to be fake later.
One day, Ming’s pocket was empty again and wanted to earn money with his tricks. Luckily, there was still a fake phone in his pocket to sell, which made him terrifically pleased. He took the phone with him in the street where a crow of people were coming and going that made his eyes spin. But soon enough, he spotted a target, a seemingly wealthy middle-aged man in an old jacket. Ming came up to him and smiled politely, saying, “Hey, friend…….” But the man was very alert and asked, “What’s up?”
Ming was quite acquainted with the man’s reaction—the richer a man was, the more alert he would be, and the easier it was to cheat him. So Ming said to him immediately, “Friend, I have a phone with me. I bought it at 5,000 yuan. But now I could sell it to you at only 3,000.” The man seemed uninterested in his phone and wanted to go away. Ming stopped him and said, “What about 2,000?” The man was greatly irritated and shouted at him, “What do you want to do with me?”
Ming was stunned to speechlessness, because he had not seen anyone like the man since he began his business. Ming immediately put up a poor face and hugged the man’s legs, crying to him, “Oh, my dear friend! I am selling phones to make a living. Ok, now I will only sell my phone at 1,000. Only 1,000, is it ok?” Ming began pouring out his “miserable story” as he was crying. The man, after seeing this, felt a little bit affected and put his hands into his pocket. Knowing that the man seemed to be stricken to buy the phone, Ming cried even harder. Then to Ming’s expectation, the man took out 1,000 yuan to Ming and took the phone away.
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