tentata vendita

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Polly Italy

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Italian
Hi to everybody. Anyone knows how to translate "tentata vendita" from italian into English? It's a way of trying to sell items. Here in Italy, this is common for some agents who carry items to be sold on a van or a car, and when they visit their customers (new or old) they try to sell directly the items, and not just to collect orders. This is most common for food or garage equipment. Thanks for any help.
 
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  • Angel.Aura

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    Italian
    Ciao Polly e benvenuta al Forum :)

    Non so se esista l'istituto della tentata vendita, nel mondo anglosassone.
    Il corrispondente letterale attempted sale suggerisce il tentativo di vendere qualcosa in maniera illecita, illegalmente.
    Quindi certamente non è quello di cui abbiamo bisogno.
    Speriamo in altri pareri.
     

    joe86

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    I seem to understand you are talking about the so-called peddlers, that is those who sell goods "door-to-door".
    Angel.Aura's translation seems to be suitable, but in this instance the meaning should have to do with a sort of crime, like:
    - "He was convicted of attempted sale" or
    - "He was fined for attempted sale in the neighbourhood"

    But as the context is not specified I suggest waiting for some other native speakers to chime in.

    Joe
     
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    Polly Italy

    New Member
    Italian
    Thanks for everybody's help. The subject of this "tentata vendita" is cell phones accessories. Any suggestion in this case. The sales are not made to private people, but to professionals (shops, dealers and exclusive dealers) so it wouldn't be a "criminal" or "unclear" activity.
     

    baldpate

    Senior Member
    UK, English
    Perhaps you should use a short, descriptive circumlocution - "sale of stock at hand", maybe? Or "sale from portable stock"?
     

    You little ripper!

    Senior Member
    Australian English
    This website says this, which might help with a translation:

    In alcuni casi, come ad esempio nella tentata vendita, i venditori hanno anche il compito di consegnare la merce al momento dell'ordine........
     

    You little ripper!

    Senior Member
    Australian English
    This website calls it Off Truck.

    Off truck: tentata vendita; metodo di vendita secondo il quale il venditore porta con sé uno stock di merce che gli consente di consegnare immediatamente al cliente il prodotto venduto. Questa modalità si contrappone all'order delivery (v.).
     
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