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Old 12-29-2017, 11:46 AM   #1
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Some of the recent posts on the tow vehicle section mentioned negotiating the sale price with dealerships, and reminded me of a fond memory of my dad.

Dad retired years ago in Deland, Florida, which has a central highway lined with car dealerships, lawn mower dealers, and boats. Dad was thoroughly Irish, and in his senior years would take an opportunity to talk to anyone. He developed an interesting hobby.

In the morning he would have his coffee, comb his hair and get on his uniform of short sleeve shirt, slacks and Hush Puppies, and drive down to a local car dealer. He'd walk around the lot until a sales person zoomed in on him, and his day would begin.

He'd fein interest in a new car, talk about options and accessories, and begin price negotiations. For the rest of the day, he would do nothing but haggle with the salesman over the price, just to see how low he could get him. Dad had absolutely no interest in buying the car, he just wanted the thrill of getting the salesmen and managers in tears to deliver a good number, only to have him walk away at the end of the day.

After a few months of this, word got around, and no salesmen in the dealerships would talk to him. Then he started on the lawn mower people...
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Old 12-29-2017, 11:58 AM   #2
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Great story! Bet he was really skilled and well practiced...

It's a fine art, and my wife has about 1500 years of genetic background and cultural imperative behind her haggling skills.

Truly awesome to behold in action. Has yet to lose a contest.
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Wow. I feel sorry for the salesmen!
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Old 12-29-2017, 12:38 PM   #4
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The only bad thing is if he ever really wanted to buy he would have to go elsewhere. Crying wolf! Can be counterproductive.
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Sad.

Reminds me of people that see how much "fun" they can having wasting waiters and waitresses time in restaurants with stupid questions and games.
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Old 12-29-2017, 02:48 PM   #6
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You right man!
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I like to barter as much as the next person but frankly that is nothing to be proud of. In fact it is down right rude.
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I like to barter as much as the next person but frankly that is nothing to be proud of. In fact it is down right rude.
Lying to a car salesman is not rude, he does it to you all the time.

My father was a negotiator not because it was fun but because we were poor. When it was time for a different used car, we'd all get in the old car in shabby clothes, and we were ordered to never say anything good about the potential purchase. Things like "I like this one." were forbidden. We'd spend all day, it seemed, and eventually we'd drive away with the "new" car. I think the dealership finally threw in the towel. I don't have have that skill, so I give in too easily. The owner of the dealership might be a multi-millionaire, but that last $50 is more important to him than me.
I hate car shopping.

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Reminds me of people that see how much "fun" they can having wasting waiters and waitresses time in restaurants with stupid questions and games.
Okay, maybe fast food restaurants. I had a co-worker that would order things that weren't on the menu, but sounded like they should be. McDonalds: "I'll take an order of "Chicken Mclivers and a small potato rings". He'd then watch the employee stare at the register looking for the button with a picture of Chicken Mclivers.


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Old 12-29-2017, 04:16 PM   #9
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Exchange at the drive through:

Server: “Do you want your drinks in a bag?

Me: “I’d rather have them in a cup!”

Server: “Do you want your drinks in a bag, sir?”

Me: “I’d rather have them in a cup, bags leak too much...”

Manager, while gently taking the drinks from the server: “It’s ok, she’s only worked here for 10 years....”

Server, finally catching on to the gag: “Aiiieeee!!!!”

My buddy in the passenger seat collapsed into hysterical laughter, because I had totally deadpanned the entire exchange.
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So the poor salesman went home to his family with NOTHING to show for his day at work. I feel sorry for people that think something like this is funny. I will haggle with the best of them, but in the end I am buying whatever I am haggling over. Not doing it for sport.
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I like to barter as much as the next person but frankly that is nothing to be proud of. In fact it is down right rude.
Then they wonder why they have trouble getting good service. Makes me glad I don't have to deal with the general public at work. I wonder what "1500 years of heritage" means anyway?
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We have no problem getting great service. For some cultures, if you fail to haggle well, you get looked down upon.

1500 years refers to certain Asian cultures, BTW.
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That's awesome! I say car dealers get what they deserve.
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That's awesome! I say car dealers get what they deserve.
And what is it that you think hard working tax paying people that support their families deserve?
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