How Easter Leftovers are like Car Buying

As I was cleaning up Easter dinner, I took inventory for next year of what “sold” and what “didn’t.” I checked out the scalloped potato casserole. Somehow, the appealing crunchy cheese topping and brownest potatoes were all scraped off—gone in just a few minutes. What was left was the creamy, oozy, mushy potatoes at the bottom. The rejects.

I realized that Easter leftovers are a lot like car dealerships. The best cars are swept off the lot like clockwork every year, and what is left? The creamy ooze. In 2010, that creamy ooze—aka the worst selling cars in the country—included:

1.    The Hyundai Entourage Minivan: 5,405 sales
2.    The Mitsubishi Endeavor: 5,687 sales
3.    The Hummer H2: 5,721 sales
4.    The Chrysler Pacifica: 6,671 sales
5.    The Nissan Armada: 14,754 sales

It makes you wonder—why, year after year, do dealerships (and Easter cooks) keep making the same products when nobody wants them? Clearly, the scalloped potatoes couldn’t touch, say, potato skins with cheese and bacon, which is the plan for next year. But why don’t dealerships see the problem, and change their game?

Seeing the top five on the creamy oozy crappy list makes you wonder—what vehicles were the crusty cheese topping of 2010? Seven of the ten vehicles were small, cost-friendly sedans. Trucks accounted for the remaining spots, including the Ford F150 (473,933 sales) and the Chevrolet Silverado (431,725 sales).

The moral of the Easter story? Cook, and buy, what people like, whether it’s cars or potatoes. And if your car was on the creamy ooze list, it’s okay. Somehow, every single Easter leftover always gets eaten anyway. Because in the end, it goes down all the same. Or does it?

To read the full Best and Worst sales article of 2010, click here.