Is It A Price Objection Or Sticker Shock?

Written by Sean McPheat | Linkedin thumb

Best price ribbon A price objection is one thing. However, if you reveal your pricing and ask for the order, then after a comprehensive sales interaction, the prospect responds with a state of disbelief; you have a much bigger problem.

The Molehill Really IS a Mountain
In a price objection, of course, you failed to build enough value. However, if the prospect is truly surprised or even shocked by your price, you failed in many foundational sales areas:

You did not…

1. Properly unearth the prospect’s problems and pain
2. Properly expose the need
3. Help the prospect to understand the validity, costs and importance of the problems
4. Properly build the value of the solution
5. Convey creditability in you and your company
6. Gain the prospect’s trust

No Objection
What most sales people do at this point is turn to their “rebuttal book,” and begin to try to overcome the price objection. Please understand that at this point, there is no objection. There is no objection because there is no valid offer. There is no valid offer because the prospect does not see a realistic solution to a legitimate problem. There is no objection because the prospect does not even have a real consideration on making such a purchase.

The Missing Link
The main thing for you to do if you are so unfortunate to be in this self-imposed predicament, is to go back and try to find out what you missed. Ask questions. Dig deeper into the problems and properly expose the need.

Then assign a real monetary value to the problem: What does it cost the prospect NOT to have your product or service? What do they suffer or lose?

Don’t Keep Changing the Tires on the Car…Fix the Hole in the Street!
Also, please note that if this sticker shock or surprise happens more than extremely rarely, you have a fundamental problem in your sales interaction. There are essential ingredients missing in the foundation of your sales structure. (This of course, is assuming that your pricing is reasonable.)

Instead of continuously trying to combat so-called price objections and eventually drastically lowering your price all the time; go back to the proverbial drawing board and redesign your sales interaction.

Price Objection = Build value
Price Shock = Start over

Happy Selling


Sean McPheat

Sean McPheat
Managing Director

MTD Sales Training | Image courtesy of

450 sales questions free report

Originally published: 28 August, 2012

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