Bargaining isn’t only a consumerist existence for the middle- class Indians, it’s an emotion for us people that only serves to strengthen out mutual belief in deriving the greatest possible profits at the least possible prices. We might even be duped by sellers who happen to be more shrewd than us, but we would be a happy lot as long as our minds can revel in the glory of a well negotiated deal. In such context, bargaining can very well be termed our birth right!
“BHAIYYA, AAP HI KE DUKAAN SE TO LETE HAIN HAMESHA”
Logic endows it upon us to consider it our privilege to entail a hefty bargain on items procured from stores that we supposedly frequent.
“THODA KAM KIJIYEGA, BHAIYYA. HUM BULK ME LENGE”
Notwithstanding the fact that our ‘bulk’ comprises not more than 4-5 purchases at a time.
“PURA MARKET ME ISI RATE MEIN MILTE HAIN. AAPKO KYU JYAADA DU?”
Doesn’t matter if we haven’t encountered even a fraction of the entire market place.
“YE MATERIAL TO KAM RATE KA HAI”
We might be the most ignorant when it comes to market prices in general, but effective bargaining requires us to act like the ultimate pros in order to obtain the items of our choice at even the prices we choose!
“AAP ISKO RAKHIYE BHAIYYA. HUM ITNA HI DENGE”
We pretend to walk away, while letting our ears pick up any hint that might let us sprint and cling to the “Oh so dear” choice that we had somewhat reluctantly managed to part from, in hope of a worthier comeback!