Hi all, Is anyone else sick of sales people? The ones that I'm most sick of are real estate agents. They have a ridiculous job that requires minimal training, and then they get 5-6% of the sales price of a house. (Yes, I know the commission is split between the seller and buyer agents, and then they only receive a part of that commission because their broker takes half or perhaps less.) My wife and I are looking at buying a house. Given the price range we are looking at, the commission is absolutely insane for the amount of work that the real estate agent would be doing. Obviously we are going to finance the majority of the house, so in essence I will be financing the real estate agents' salaries for the next 30 years. Screw that. We have actually not made any offers because of this ridiculous distribution of funds. It's driving us towards buying a lot and then building a custom home. I've also felt that real estate agent commissions are a major factor that is driving housing prices up. We looked at one house that sold for X dollars in 2009. They now want X + Y dollars for the house, and when you do the math, it's exactly the amount that the real estate agents will take from the sell price. Given the short time the previous owners owned the house, they probably have almost zero equity in the house, so they cannot negotiate any on the price, and the price is now artificially inflated because of the real estate agents' commissions. So, when I look at it practically, the house sold in 2009 for (I'm making these numbers up) $140 per square foot, and the house now has 3 extra years of wear (it's pretty beat up, all things considered), but it's listed to sell for $150 a square foot! So the house is in worse condition, but priced higher, all because the seller has to make up the cost of the real estate commission, otherwise he would sell the house and still owe money on it! In fact, I've seen this with many houses that we've looked at. The sellers have to ask for more money than the house is worth because they need to break even. And these houses sit on the market for a very long time. And what exactly do listing agents, and buyers agents do? They put you on the MLS. The MLS is how the vast majority of houses are found by potential buyers. I've never just been interetsed in a house that an agent sent me, because they send garbage houses saying they are nice because they just want to sell something. It's rather ridiculous there isn't open access to the MLS. I sure hope some competing service comes out that is similar to MLS but is open. If that happens, it'd be great to see either the commissions of these agents plummet considerably or at least more competition so it's easier to get your house out there without having to inappropriate drive the price of a house up. I'm sure this post is going to piss off some people, especially real estate agents, but I'm not sorry. I just think that the commissions are too high and that your easy job is unneccessarily driving up the price of houses. I simply refuse to finance your salary over the next 30 years. Another sales person I can't stand is car salesmen. I do all my research on the internet. I know exactly what car I want and what features I want. If I find a used car on eBay, I've already read every feature and know every detail of it. All I need to do is test drive it. I don't need your scummy lines, or your ridiculous attempts at pressuring me into buying something. And I certainlly don't need to pay you a big commission just because you happened to be the person who I talked to after I already did all my research about a car I may buy. Just give me a machine to swipe my debit card and save me the however many hundred dollars you got for that purchase. I'm just sick of being fleeced for so much money off of people with unnecessary and, frankly, simple jobs.