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Offline theskewbald

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Trying to remember a well known phrase
« on: July 07, 2015, 05:45:34 PM »
1950s or thereabouts customer service/motivational stuff.  It was along the lines of : 'If you're not happy, tell us. If you are happy, tell everyone!'
I'm trying to get it right, and find out if it has a genuine pedigree, or if it was just in general usage.

Anyone?

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Re: Trying to remember a well known phrase
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2015, 06:19:24 PM »
1950s or thereabouts customer service/motivational stuff.  It was along the lines of : 'If you're not happy, tell us. If you are happy, tell everyone!'
I'm trying to get it right, and find out if it has a genuine pedigree, or if it was just in general usage.

Anyone?

It might help if you told us what country you live in/heard the saying. After all, we have members from all around the globe. It is a smaller world than in the past. But somethings like phrases and customs still linger from the area where we grew up.  :)
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Re: Trying to remember a well known phrase
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2015, 06:49:48 PM »
Well, I'm  British, but that being said, it could be an American import. I would say it was one or the other. What's annoying is that I want to use it in a certain way. I could just rephrase, but I need to know if it is actually specific company thing, like 'You can have any color as long as it's black!' or just a generic 'The customer is always right' line.
I grew up in the Midlands (Coventry, Birmingham) of the UK in the 60s, and it appears in my mind as a company slogan : 'if you are not happy with our service please tell us, if you are happy, please tell everyone'
I have googled extensively and come up with nothing, so perhaps it was some back street grocer who was ahead of his time in marketing!

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Re: Trying to remember a well known phrase
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2015, 03:50:54 AM »
I remember this.  And I grew up in the Birmingham area, too.  But I don't know if it was any particular company, or just a smart line you saw in different places.

The version you're quoting sounds about right.  I would go with that.