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Do the Work….Appreciate the Workers!

In yesterday’s post, I talked about being a consumer.  But today I want to focus on the other side of the coin…..the worker.  We are all one coin with two sides.  We all work, and we all consume.  How sad that we can’t see both sides of the coin at the same time!

I had a great opportunity today to visit the manufacturing facility of a solid surface countertop fabricator, http://www.oldcastlesurfaces.com/

The process of cutting, shaping and polishing these huge slabs of granite and quartz is wet, noisy, and dirty.  But the finished product shines like the sun reflected on the water, and is as smooth as glass!  Notice that the craftsmen are wearing raincoats and boots.  Water is constantly sprayed on the slab as it is polished and shaped.  Bare hands constantly rub the surface feeling for rough edges that must be polished.  It sure looks great in the kitchen, but do you think of the workers who mined and shipped the material, and the hands that shaped it with pride?  countertop mfg.

As I was driving to the factory, I noticed men and women on various street corners selling The Contributor, a newspaper published and sold by the homeless, working in the heat and cold to support themselves.  They always wave and smile…..but it’s hard work!  There is no shelter from the  hot sun or the cold wind, but they do the work.

Whatever your place in life, you are both worker and consumer.  As you go through your day, I hope you will think of the other side of the coin, and appreciate the other side,  as you yourself flip from one side to the other.

My name is Tom Burns.  I am a worker and a consumer.  I am a seller of things essential to life as we know it…. Find out more at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Links you might find useful:

  1. http://www.facebook.com/EcobyCosentino
  2. http://www.facebook.com/SilestonebyCosentino
  3. http://www.oldcastlesurfaces.com/
  4. http://cosentinousa.com/

WHITE! The New Choice for Kitchen Appliances!

A New trend is emerging in kitchen appliances…WHITE IS BACK!!!  Check out the newest product launch from Miele:forever_better_miele

http://www.mieleusa.com/usa/cooking/Brilliantwhite.asp?cat=3&subcat=40&benefit=35&menu_id=38&oT=298&active=Our%20Products&subm=Home%20Appliances&thirdL=Cooking%20Products

The color white is pure and serene by nature. Blending in to reflect the aura of its surroundings. White has been used throughout the ages to speak of new beginnings. White harkens calm and influential architecture, supreme in design – whether contemporary, classic, rustic or urbane.

The use of white can provide a clean canvas to showcase other relevant elements – creating a functional, enchanting and inviting space.

Introducing the Brilliant White Plus Series by Miele… puristic design for the kitchen.

Product Pages

30″ Convection Oven
H 4886 BP BRWS+
60 CM Speed Oven
H 4086 BM BRWS+
60 CM Steam Oven
DG 4086 BRWS+
60 CM Whole Bean
Coffee Sytem
CVA 4062 BRWS+
60 CM Plate and
Cup Warmer
ESW 4086-14 BRWS+
Download the Launch
Brochure Today!

Stop by A-1 Appliance in Nashville to find out more about the amazing Miele cooking equipment—user friendly re-defined!

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My name is Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  I can’t wait to show you the amazing sights at A-1 Appliance!  Learn more at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmartphone1 (1)

Inertia….or why we procrastinate!

First let’s start with some definitions.    dictionary logo

Definition of INERTIA

1
“a : a property of matter by which it remains at rest or in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force.”
( My interpretation:  I would rather live with my old kitchen just like it is, but when the dishwasher leaks on my floor, i.e.,the external  force, I must change my attitude of satisfaction with the way things are, to dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs.)
2. :“indisposition to motion, exertion, or change.”  My interpretation: It’s just easier to do nothing…. or as often said, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
 “indisposition to motion, exertion, or change” is a serious problem.  Inertia stops progress!  Inertia is bad for the economy!  Inertia is bad for healthy relationships!  Inertia prevents us from leading a full, productive, and happy life!   Inertia prevents us from making improvements in our surroundings (….but it’s just easier to leave things as they are)
OK….so here is my call to action:  (disclaimer–I sell kitchen appliances)  You are living with a lousy kitchen…. the dishwasher is noisy and does not clean well; there is not enough counter space; only 2 burners work on the cooktop, and the oven has not worked in months!  HEY, IT’S TIME FOR A KITCHEN MAKE-OVER!phone1 (1)Banish fear…..learn about new energy star appliances that can save you time and money…..visit a showroom where you can experience “Appliance Happiness.” Appliance Happiness
Surprise

It begins this way with many of our customers.  As you first walk into the A-1 showroom and kitchen gallery you are greeted at the door by a pleasant and experienced appliance professional. Your first impression is that the inventory is vast and the kitchen displays are modern and presented with tasteful style. 
 
Calm
 
Once our customers realize that we are not high-pressure but instead committed to listening then recommending the best appliance options, a sense of calm and relaxation occurs. It may be the most relaxed feeling you can experience in a retail store.
 
Grins
 
Close by is an appliance professional that not only guides you to the best choices for your home but also shows you how to save time and money with your purchases. Now you are thinking about how much more you gained just by shopping with A-1. 
 
Joy
 
It is months later and you are still thrilled when you think about the selection of A-1 appliances that serve you every day in your home. You talked, we listened; we guided, you pondered; you purchased, we delivered and installed; you gained great value, we gained a good friend. And we become a friend that assists you with your appliance needs for life.
 
Appliance Happiness: improving your home and your life with A-1 Appliance Company’s complete solution of professional sales and service.
I look forward to meeting you!  My name is Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart  Let’s change direction together and create the kitchen of your dreams!

Constant Improvement

This picture greets me every day as I enter the A-1 Appliance showroom

door picture

Another reminder of the need for constant improvement comes from one of the brands you will see in our showroom.  Miele puts it this way: Always Better:  “Anything else is a compromise.”

What are you improving today?

My name is Tom Burns.  I try to learn something new every day.  I’m happy to say that “I sell things that are essential to life as we know it….”  Connect with me on various social media sites at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

A Light Bulb Story

Last night I turned a lamp on and the light bulb was burned out!  This morning, I turned on a ceiling light and noticed a burned out bulb.  As I was looking at it, a second bulb went out….ARGH!  I got out my last package of incandescent bulbs, (which by the way I bought because the package said Double Life), and quickly replaced both bulbs….then it was off to the grocery to look for better light bulbs!

There really is a story here…..wait for it…..

So I’m browsing half an aisle filled with every variety and brand of bulb known to man, from $1.99 for a pack of 4 up to $32.00 for a single bulb!  Oh my…. so I start reading labels.  Every package I picked up said “Long Life” or “Lasts up to 7 Years” and every package had a different number for lumens and watts used.  Could it get any more confusing?  I just want my reading lamp to work and my dining room to be lit!  And I get really tired of changing light bulbs so frequently!    As I continued carefully reading labels, one line kept repeating on every package  in relation to how long I could expect the bulb to last….“based on 3 hours of use per day.”   ( Ah, so there’s the kicker!  If you dare to use it longer than 3 hours per day, it won’t last as long as the BOLD PRINT on the package says it will!

“Deceitful Advertising” I shout to myself!  “Can’t anyone invent a decent light bulb” I wonder to myself.  So I walk out of the store without buying any more bulbs right now.  The little voice in my head said, “maybe the bulbs I just replaced will last longer this time…”  sigh!

So here is where I continue the story….I sell appliances.  Every day people just like me walk into the showroom and tell me that they just want to buy something reliable!  We’ll use a washing machine for our example.  Just as I experienced in the grocery store with half an aisle of choices, the entire front section of our showroom is filled with washers….standard top loading, high efficiency top loading, front loading, small…medium….large, from $399 or less to $1299 or more!  Oh my….and so the process repeats.  A few days ago, I had a guest whose first comment was, “I don’t want brand X….I’ve only had mine for 4 years and it’s already broken!”  As we talked, I discovered that she had 4 children and used the machine daily…sometimes  doing 3 loads in a day!  So here is the appliance kicker…..most advertising concerning how much money you can save using this or that washer is based on 7 loads per week.  (she was doing nearly that much every two days!)  Notice, that does not say how long the machine will last….only how much money you can save in water, detergent, and electricity.

So now we get to the expectation versus reality part of this story!  Our expectations are based on rosy memories.  When we were young  and single, we did one load per week (at the laundromat).  Before we had children, we might have done two to three loads per week….wow, those machines from years ago must have been built a lot better than they are today, because they sure lasted a lot longer!!!  (or so it seemed)

But wait….there’s more!  Now, the same type of machine, with just a few “bells and whistles” added, is being used multiple times per day.  Same number of uses, just compressed in a shorter period of time!

Now I’m thinking about my light bulb problem….and calculate how many hours per day I use that dining room light.  Turns out that it’s on about 14 hours per day….significantly longer than the 3 hours per day stated on the packages!

Could this apply to appliances too?  Yes, absolutely!  Any machine, (or light bulb) put under extreme or heavy use will wear out sooner!

So when you tell me you “just want something reliable,” I might ask you about how the machine will be used.  How many in your family?  How often is it used?  I’m not being nosy, I’m just trying to guide you to the best washing machine to meet the needs of your family!

That’s what I do at A-1 Appliance every day.  My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things essential to life as we know it….  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

By the way, stop by our Nashville showroom…we’ve converted a large section to LED lighting….we are saving a lot of money, and it looks really great!

Dependable Products

We had a very interesting visitor at A-1 Appliance today!  Here is a picture:1928 Model TThis 1928 Ford Model A Pickup is an example of a simple but well built product that has lasted 85 years because the owner has taken very good care of it!  I think this is interesting because upstairs in the A-1 Appliance showroom we have a small section devoted to antique appliances.  They have been well cared for too and are in remarkably good condition.  We have a 1927 GE Monitor-Top refrigerator….

1927 refrigeratorand we have a Chambers gas range from the 1950’s !1950's Chambers RangeYou will just have to stop by and see the antique washer (wooden tubs and the first motorized agitator and wringer), and some other vintage gas ranges!  It will really make you appreciate the features of the new appliances we offer today!

From helping you select the right appliance for your home and family, to delivery, installation, and service….A-1 Appliance will be your source for quality appliances for many years to come!  Stop by and see me soon.  I’ll give you a tour of our antique gallery!tom

My name is Tom Burns, and I sell things essential to life as we know it…..  Connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

Wondering About High Efficiency Washers?

Here is a fun way to discover how the new GE High Efficiency washer works for you…. Have fun….

http://www.geappliances.com/appliances/washer/top-load-washer-dryer/stunning-feats-picker.htm

Ask for Tom Burns when you visit the A-1 Appliance Showroom in Nashville!  Learn more about our products at http://www.a1appliance.com and connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart
tom

Choices

How do you decide…

  • What to eat
  • What to wear
  • Where to go
  • Who to ask
  • What to buy
  • When to start
  • Why
  • Should I……  Google it?  Ask a friend? Read a review?
  • Who can I trust?

Who or what influences you the most?  Do you purchase something because it was advertised in a magazine, newspaper ad, or seen on television?  Do you even know why you make most of your daily decisions?  Are you sure it’s your choice, or has the invisible hand of advertising directly influenced your decision?  Were you influenced by social media?

When faced with a significant number of choices, how do you decide on the best course of action?  Food for thought, right?

Every day I help people make decisions that will have a significant impact on their daily life.  I sell kitchen appliances.  Given the enormous number of choices in every appliance category, I have to help people decide what they need and want.  They will live with those decisions every day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

My task is to listen to the need, offer guidance toward good choices that meet the need, and to be sure that all of the choices have been discovered.

We do this every day at A-1 Appliance in Nashville, TN.  I would be honored to assist you in choosing things that have become essential to life as we know it….. your microwave oven, your dishwasher, your refrigerator, your washer and dryer…..the things we depend on every day to nourish and support our families.

For more information about me, I invite you to visit http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

For more information about A-1 Appliance, please visit us at http://www.a1appliance.com.  At our website, you can sign up for our newsletter, visit and like our facebook page, and begin the search for the perfect kitchen for you!  I hope you will also visit our blog at http://www.a1applianceideas.com

Brought to you by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….phone1_1-scaled5001

Are You Visible Or Invisible?

Can I trust you?  Who are you?  Where are you?  Who do you work for?  Where can I find out more about your product or service?  These are questions we are all asking!

And I’m asking you….”How do you answer these questions?”  How do you establish credibility and verify your identity?   This man is asking those questions:

I choose to be visible!  I believe people have come to expect transparency and visibility.  If you are invisible, then as far as they are concerned, you don’t exist!

Has privacy ceased to exist?  Of course not!  But the reality is that nearly everything we do is tracked, sold, used for marketing, or searched for by consumers.  People want to read our reviews, see what we like, share in what we know and do 24/7.

I’m reading Daniel Pink’s book “To Sell is Human.”   It’s a good read….I highly recommend it:bookcoverjpeg-e1354078407704I agree with his premise that we are all selling something!  And I believe that being a good salesperson means being visible!   So what will you choose?

Visible….or Invisible?  My name is Tom Burns!  You can find me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart  I sell things essential to life as we know it….

Appliance Happiness!

Appliance Happiness

Surprise

It begins this way with many of our customers.  As you first walk into the A-1 showroom and kitchen gallery you are greeted at the door by a pleasant and experienced appliance professional. Your first impression is that the inventory is vast and the kitchen displays are modern and presented with tasteful style.
Calm
Once our customers realize that we are not high-pressure but instead committed to listening then recommending the best appliance options, a sense of calm and relaxation occurs. It may be the most relaxed feeling you can experience in a retail store.
Grins
Close by is an appliance professional that not only guides you to the best choices for your home but also shows you how to save time and money with your purchases. Now you are thinking about how much more you gained just by shopping with A-1.
Joy
It is months later and you are still thrilled when you think about the selection of A-1 appliances that serve you every day in your home. You talked, we listened; we guided, you pondered; you purchased, we delivered and installed; you gained great value, we gained a good friend. And we become a friend that assists you with your appliance needs for life.
Appliance Happiness: improving your home and your life with A-1 Appliance Company’s complete solution of professional sales and service.
Visit our website at http://www.a1appliance.com for more information