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You know the story, you can sell a cat anywhere, if you market it the right way…

Riverboat Queen is an interesting combination of sex appeal, political mastermind, police brutality, and mind numbing erotica. So who wouldn’t want to read it?

And everybody wants a little pussy, right? But then you come upon the concept of how to market your cat, and you decide it’s an all out boost or bust.

Riverboat QueenThere’s the ming thing…

Or you can just sell the damned cat…

Or…

The story goes that the shop keeper had plenty of interesting antiques in his shop but regardless of how low he priced them, nobody purchased his wares. After some tribulation and struggle, he decide it might be best if he put the antiques to good use.

With a calico kitten growing faint in the back room, he filled an exquisite ming vase from the dynasty era with cream and set it on a low shelf for the cat. Customers came through frequently, and the man began to have a rather fast flowing train of customers traveling through the store.

Delighted as he was for the customers, the man noted that the more he used his merchandise, the more profitable he became.

One afternoon as the day was ending  a man entered the front of the store and pushed his way through the throngs of people who crowded the front of the store. As he strolled through the crowds he noticed a selection of nicely priced ornamental dishes, and several pieces of furniture that had rather pricey tags on them. But he kept walking. Near the back, he noticed a cat on a counter lapping up cream from an exquisite ming dynasty dish with gold trim and a blue pattern.

He didn’t want to alert the owner to the value of the dish, so he thought for a moment, and said, “Sir, that’s a  handsome cat you have. I’d like to purchase the cat for $500.”

The shop owner nodded, and took the man’s $500 and put it in the til.

The man gathered the cat into his arms and started out. Then he turned back and said, “Sir, the cat seemed to appreciate the cream in the bowl, I don’t want to change his habitat too much, so I’ll give you another $50 for the bowl.”

The shop owner nodded, “Sir, the bowl is $1500.”

The man with the cat looked up abruptly, “You don’t sell many of your antiques do you, Sir?”

The shop owner replied, “No, but since I started feeding the cat cream out of the Ming dish, I’ve sold seven cats. Good day, Sir.”

“It isn’t the price of the goods… It’s how you market the product.” ~Jan Verhoeff

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