My first bargaining experience was when I was in my 10th standard and my school has planned a trip to Delhi…not trip, an “educational tour” they called it, and yes we learned a lot on it.
We were in the Delhi’s famous Palika Bazaar in the Connaught Place, the underground shopping place in Delhi.
I liked a leather purse; I thought I will buy it for my Aai (mom) as a gift from Delhi.
I asked the price of it to the shop owner and he calmly replied 1200 rupees.
I moved on, I was carrying 500 rupees in all with me for the entire tour, how could I afford to buy a 1200 rupee purse?
The shop owner followed me, and asked me how much am I interested to pay for it?
I was actually embarrassed, how could I tell him that I cannot afford it.
To my amusement he kept following me, I got irritated with it, and to get rid of him I told him I will not pay him a rupee over 100, for the purse. He smiled, and put the purse in my hand, took hundred rupees and fled away.
I was happy for a moment, but then I was disappointed too, I thought if I would have told him 70- or 50/- or even 10/- I had a chance…
I just loved it, the bargaining thing, and on the entire trip of Delhi-Agra-Mathura-Gwalior
I did a lot of a shopping (read bargaining) I got a T-Shirt for my dad, an eye shade for my younger brother, Agra kay mashoor pethas and still saved 100 rupees. J
But that was it, as I grew up, I started a disliking towards bargaining, I preferred going to one good shop, select an item, pay and get out.
I started getting embarrassed going to shop, with people who liked bargaining.
They just go to a shop, see at least a hundred of kind, and ask the price, bargain, and get out of the shop without actually buying anything, and on top of it, they will tell the shop owner, we will buy it from the next shop, or the previous shopkeeper was selling the same stuff at half the price.
Recently, I went out with my family to buy some furniture.
First we went to one of the biggest furniture shop, in my city, as it was running a 50% flat discount on furniture.
We spent at least an hour in the 6 floor shop and came out empty handed.
Then we went to 4 small retail shops and factories, where the furniture is actually made.
My wife and my mother bargained a lot.
And finally we got what we wanted. Better quality furniture at an amazing price, nearly half of the price we saw at the 50% flat discount, biggest shop. J
I was irritated and was sulking when my wife and mom were bargaining at all the shops, but finally I was very happy bloke and wallet was still a heavy entity. J
Still, I would prefer to go to a “No Bargain” shop, call it my laziness to go to, too many shops, or my embarrassment to bargain.
The biggest disadvantage of bargaining is, you are never happy with the bargain, when you come out of the shop you think you could have got it at a lesser price.
Bargaining is an art, is a skill, some people are good at it, while some stay away.
What would you do?