Rant well received!
I was referring to the guys who see me or somebody else come in and immediately think "fresh meat". And there are LOTS of them out there. They probably started out as nice guys, and the system slowly wore them down. Some dealerships just have an evil sales mantra. Some don't. Wish we'd eliminate car sales commissions completely and go the Tesla route - less stress for everyone.
Over the years, I've known lots of car sales guys who were really, really great guys, treated me fairly, and we became friends and they sold me multiple cars.
In fact, come June I'll be seeing a Mazda salesman who sold me two Miatas, and is about to sell me my third. He sold me my first Miata when I was 40 and he was 20. I walk in, he knows me, he shows me the car, we laugh a bit, he offers me a very significant discount without me even asking, and I'm headed home 30 minutes later. Now that's how to buy and sell a car.
Or, I could walk in the door, hand my keys over for an appraisal, go for a test drive, and then have to do a shouting match just to get my keys back 45 minutes later (true story). There are more than a few evil dealerships out there. The underpaid sales guys might hate working there, and I feel for them, but if they treat me like a sap, I'm going to return the favor.