(someone) could sell ice to Eskimos

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(someone) could sell ice to Eskimos

Someone is an extremely smooth, charming, or persuasive salesperson, such that he or she could sell something to people who have no need or use for it. (The phrase alludes to the various indigenous peoples of the traditionally cold, snowy northern circumpolar regions of the globe, who thus would have no shortage of (and no need to buy) ice. It should be used with caution, though, as the term "Eskimo" is considered by some to be offensive or derogatory. ) I can't believe you were able to sell an extra 200 units to the hospital. You could sell ice to Eskimos!
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If there is a guy who can sell ice to Eskimos in the dead of winter, he'd be that guy.
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights charity Stonewall, said: "This is like trying to sell ice to Eskimos.
Know your markets - The joke that you can't sell ice to Eskimos doesn't convey the subtlety of this.