Soon I will be relocating a distance. Rather than schlepping all that I posses with me, I put on sale some items we no longer need, use or rather buy anew once we are situated at our new digs. Posting items of Craigslist, I carefully evaluated my asking price. A JetDock that cost me $2500 eight years ago, was moderately used but remains in very good condition, I posted for $950; a treadmill that was moderately used and is still in good condition, I have asked for half the buying price; all very reasonably valued. Not one person contacted me via CraigsList that didn’t offer a much lower price than what I have asked for. Not one. And even those who came to my house to purchase items, after already agreeing on the cost, always asked last minute, “is there something you can do about the price?…”
Coming from Israel, a little country in the Middle East where haggling is second nature to most people, I happen to detest bargaining. When I migrated to the USA over twenty five years ago, I expected prices to be fair right on the onset, and that I can pay the advertised cost knowing that I will not find the same item later in a neighboring store at half the price. That was mostly the case – haggling was uncommon expect for some stores on 7th Ave whose owners came from – you guessed, the Middle East. However, over the past two and a half decades, whether due to the faulting economy, or due to culture changes because of heavier immigration, or maybe the growing popularity of bargain hunting on the internet, haggling had become a staple of American shopping.
What this forced me to do is to go back to my original listings, up the price a little so when I am asked “what can you do about the price?” I can then drop it to the original fair price I intended receiving in the first place. Which reminds me of one of my favorite Monty Python clips out of Life of Brian:
Learned from: posting items for sale on CL.