hard sell

noun
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of hard sell

:aggressive high-pressure salesmanship — compare soft sell

Examples of hard sell in a Sentence

  1. Such an expensive project will be a hard sell during these slow economic times.

First Known Use of hard sell

1945


Financial Definition of HARD SELL

hard sell

What It Is

A hard sell is an aggressive sales tactic used to persuade customers to make an immediate purchase. It is the opposite of a soft sell.

How It Works

In a hard sell, a salesperson tries to sell a product or service by applying pressure that suggests a sense of urgency to the buyer. A hard sell is closely associated with short-term advertising and the assumption that consumers are inherently indecisive. For this reason, many rationalize hard selling as a way to ensure that a buyer benefits and does not miss an opportunity.

For example, someone selling a mattress may engage in hard selling by explaining its long-term orthopedic and health benefits while telling the customer that he or she will get an especially great price if the mattress is purchased that day.

Why It Matters

Salespersons must take great care when conducting a hard sell as excessive pressure may appear to customers as a dishonest attempt to make money quickly and manipulate customers.


HARD SELL Defined for English Language Learners

hard sell

noun

Definition of hard sell for English Language Learners

  • : an aggressive way of selling something

  • : something that is difficult to sell : something that others are not willing or likely to accept


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