Oprah in Switzerland

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Don’t judge a book by its cover.  The person who came up with that one deserves a gold star.  One of the simplest and most valuable idioms one can live by.  Too bad a salesperson in a Switzerland purse shop didn’t follow those wise words.

Oprah Winfrey, with a net worth of about $3 billion, was in Switzerland when she went into a high-end boutique.  She liked a particular designer purse and asked to see it.  The salesperson told Ms. Winfrey she couldn’t afford it.

Now granted, the retail price of the purse was $38,000 and quite frankly, most of us can’t afford that purse.  But Oprah’s not us.  Oprah’s not any of us.  She earned around $80 million last year or about $200,000 a day.  If anyone can afford a $38,000 purse, its Oprah Winfrey.

The shortsighted salesperson lost out on a hefty commission.  At just 3%, that would have been over $1000.

Oprah did the classy thing and simply walked out of the store.  She’ll take her $3 billion and shop elsewhere, I guess.  The designer of the bag will probably send Oprah a freebie and will end up selling a more bags because of it.  And there is a fired salesperson in Switzerland that will never ever judge a book by its cover again.