Comment from: Puck [Visitor]

You, my friend, need a shopping list. Present the list to Michelle when she gets there. I bet she’ll be aces at that bargaining thing. That’s usually how it works, one person is horrible at it but the other does it well, and may even enjoy it.

Or, pay someone to do it for you. ;)

03/20/11 @ 07:53
Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


Maybe when you go shopping, you should take a non-buying friend. Somebody who can rescue you from your sales-obsessed captor, or at least provide cover for your escape.

Although like my boss at the TV shop said, if you can sell the one who’s not buying, you’ve made a sale. You might both end up buying something.

I heard a tale once of a lady who spent two years in Israel, where they also expect to haggle over price. When she returned to the States it took her a couple of weeks to stop demanding lower prices from places like K-mart. (Although as I recall some of them did come down when she did that.)


03/20/11 @ 15:02
Comment from: Izzy [Visitor]

Start at half their offer and meet every counter offer exactly halfway. Worked for me in UAE.

03/21/11 @ 00:53
Comment from: Mila [Visitor]

I feel your pain and share your anger!

While my sister and I were in NYC last Feb/March, she mentioned being interested in finding out (not even buying) about a camera. So, we walked into this little store in downtown Manhattan, and were welcomed by a man who looked Indian (to us, anyway). He showed us three different cameras, and as soon as my sister manifested some vague interest in one, he told us that the price was, say… $200. But “for us", because he liked Argentina so much… And he typed a lower price on a calculator, and showed it to us. We looked very gravely at each other, as if consulting, and the man typed an even lower price and showed it to us. It is worth noticing that, up to this point, there had been no arguing about the price on our part. The same scene repeated itself about four times, with the man saying that his boss would kill him if he found out what a deal he was giving us, and that he was doing it because it was late and he wanted to go home, and so on. Until, of course, we got tired and decided to leave… Saying “thank you” and “good night” to this man was like talking to a TV set. He kept saying he couldn’t do lower (as if we were asking!)and when we finally decided to just walk away and shout our thank yous and goodbyes from the door, he looked at us as if we had murdered his family and wore their skin as a cape… We concluded that we should shop at department stores, or American-owned business, since we SUCK at bargaining :P

See, very far away from Turkey, you have to grow a thick skin too.

03/21/11 @ 13:22
Comment from: lorraine [Visitor]

Hi Diana,
You do write well. This is the most vivid description I have encountered of the process.

When you talk about the vendors only being spurred to more vociferous selling by your disinterest, it puts me in mind of feline house companions. Not having one, but having observed others, that seems to be a trait the vendors and your cats might have in common. How do you handle it with cats? Would those practices transfer well to carpet salespeople?


03/23/11 @ 22:55

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