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I outnegotiated myself today. Oops.

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  1. Flatlander

    Flatlander Karting

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    Whenever possible, I try to negotiate prices down. It drives my wife insane but hey, I save a lot of money just by asking.

    Anyway...

    Today at a garage sale I saw something I though I could resell for good money on eBay. It was $8 so I offered him $5. Stupidity ensued....

    Me: Would you take 5 for this?

    Him: How much is it?

    Me: 8.

    Him: How about six?

    Me: Hmmm... How about 7.

    Him: Sure!

    Me: DOH!

    Oh man, I felt so stupid! ahahaha. I gave him my 7 bucks and ran to the car, he's probably still laughing his ass off.
     
  2. GuyIncognito

    GuyIncognito Six Time F1 World Champ
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    d'oh!

    reminds me of Homer Simpson asking if a car is $20k when the window sticker says $18k :)
     
  3. Flatlander

    Flatlander Karting

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    Believe me, this was definitely a Homer Simpson moment.
     
  4. Jedi

    Jedi Two Time F1 World Champ
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    So just sell it on eBay for $4 and you'll be fine.

    :D

    Jedi
     
  5. Flatlander

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    It wouldn't be the first time, lol.
     
  6. Jedi

    Jedi Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Same here... been there done that :) Oh well....

    Jedi
     
  7. REMIX

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    I love garage sales...you should see the stuff I got for less than $10 a few weeks back (various automotive tools and auto repair and body shop manuals).

    RMX
     
  8. Flatlander

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    We hit them all the time. I have a house full of junk I bought for a buck. We are in farm country so there are always tons of tools around here too. Mostly I look for old business books (pre 1930 or so) and 8mm films. We rarely find either but it is still fun.
     
  9. darth550

    darth550 Five Time F1 World Champ
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    I take it you're not Jewish?
     
  10. Flatlander

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    No - but - one time a guy I was dealing with paused, looked at me, and said, "You know, you could pass for a New York Jew." I'm not sure if he meant it as a compliment or as a dig but I thought it was funny that something like that would even enter the conversation.
     
  11. amenasce

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    Your first mistake was to tell him the actual price (it seems he didnt event know how much he had it selling for!!) :D
     
  12. SuperJ

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    Very good that you can laugh at yourself. We've all done things like that. I remember bidding at my first auction. I was so excited about raising my hand that I outbid myself 3 times (I was 12 years old at the time). I think I was blushing for an hour after realizing what I had done.
     
  13. SrfCity

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    Sometimes it's better to not grind the last penny out of someone. If they feel it was a win/win they will be more inclined to add some more value, i.e. info or tell you about something for sale out of sight etc.
     
  14. Flatlander

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    I think you are right. I don't like to be in a deal where someone feels ripped off or pressured. Having said that, I'm a cheapskate so I always ask because hey, you never know. But yeah, you don't want to do it to the point of hurting them, that is just bad form.
     
  15. wax

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    One of my faves is "Ways and Other Ways" - 1923 - it was a Grandfather's. On the surface, it's geared towards Drug Store Merchandising - but, between the lines, so much holds true today . . .

    Now, about those films . . . kinky!
     
  16. Oengus

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    hahahaha thats funny :)
     
  17. VROOM!!!

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    You guys ever watch that show on the history channel, American Pickers? Looove it! That and Pawn Stars! Great TV, and educational at times!
     
  18. Flatlander

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    The films are mostly cartoons and horror movies and stuff like that. We have movie nights and invite neighborhood kids over so they can see real movies projected onto a real screen. None of that DVD crap. There were countless xxx 8mm films produced but I don't have any. :(

    And yes, re: the books... They are loaded with information that still holds true. I love them because for $2 you can essentially get a semester of college except that what you'll be learning is actually meaningful in the real world.
     
  19. Freelander

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    One of my favorite shows on TV at the moment! Can't get enough of that show.
     
  20. TexasF355F1

    TexasF355F1 Three Time F1 World Champ
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    I love it too.

    It took a while for me to warm up to it, being a reality show on the history channel and all. But it's great stuff. Same with pawn stars. The knowledge these guys have on some of this stuff is amazing.

    I laugh so much when people find out their stuff is worth $2500 bucks and want that. I'm equally amazed at how high Rick ends up negotiating at times.
     

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