Talk Him Down to 10!
The other night I heard a commercial for that Chris Rock show "Everybody Hates Chris". He said that his dad felt that $10 could get you anywhere or anything in life. Little Chris said, "But Daddy, what if it costs $11?" His father replied, "Talk him down to 10!"
Well, I tried to do that today with one of our fine New York City street vendors. I wanted a pocketbook (that sounds so old and lame...a "bag" is what I really call it!) that was marked $15. Now, back in the back in the, you could haggle with the street vendors. In fact, most still do.
I said to this guy, "Hey man, can you do better than $15? I have $13 with me and I need to buy lunch." The man said, "$15 is a good deal! This is a beautiful bag! You won't find it for cheaper anywhere else."
Ever the haggler, I said, "C'mon dude, $10." (Remembering Chris Rock here) "A girl has to eat!"
He said, "Miss, this bag is $15. It ain't $10, it ain't even $13. $15 or nothing!"
Now, if he hadn't been such a d!ck about it, I probably would have ended up paying him $15. But, BOTS can't take that. I said, "If you're looking to lose money, that's your problem." I dropped the bag and took off.
I am going back after work. At 5:00pm (especially on a Friday) vendors get restless. They need to sell their sh!t. I'll let you know if I could talk him down to $10!