A sales strategy where the seller will provide opportunities to purchase related products or services, often for the sole purpose of making a larger sale. A popular example of upselling happens when a fast-food customer orders a hamburger, and they are asked by their cashier “Do you want fries with that?”, in an attempt to get them to purchase more food. Other examples of products that are upsold are warranties on electronics purchases, and the purchase of a carwash after you purchased gas at the gas station.

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  • You may want to try and do some upselling to get customers to buy other products when they are already on site.

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  • We were upselling and hoping that would work for the betterment of our company in the long run, which I figured it would.

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  • I ordered a pizza over the phone, and it seemed like all the person taking my order cared about was upselling me as many extras as possible. Cheesy crust, extra toppings, and she even wanted to sell me an extra bottle of drink!

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